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Prompting for app reviews and ratings on iOS and Android

Published 30th September, 2020 by Stuart Hall Prompting for app reviews and ratings on iOS and Android diagram We are often asked about prompting for reviews and ratings for mobile apps. Google and Apple are both very open about the importance of reviews and ratings to the success of a mobile app and how they are a significant signal for ranking algorithms.

In this overview you'll learn:

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The following is our advice after talking to thousands of mobile app developers on the best techniques for prompting for reviews and ratings on iOS and Android.

When to prompt

Apple share some great tips on when to prompt for reviews and ratings.


Prompting on iOS

Apple strongly encourage you to use their method of prompting for reviews and ratings. In my experience it's extremely effective so I would recommend going with their library.

Their library SKStoreReviewController is very simple to use.


One thing to keep in mind is the prompt can only displayed to a user a maximum of three times within a 365-day period. That means that it might not be shown every time you request it to be shown.

Apple have an excellent example of not showing the prompt until the user is really engaged.

I like to hand craft when the rating prompt will be shown, but if you'd like something that wraps up much of the functionality for you then I recommend checking out Appirater.

If you'd like to add a button to ask for a review (say on your Settings screen) then Apple provide a way to deep link:

  @IBAction func requestReviewManually() {
  // Note: Replace the XXXXXXXXXX below with the App Store ID for your app
  //       You can find the App Store ID in your app's product URL
  guard let writeReviewURL = URL(string: "")
  else { fatalError("Expected a valid URL") }, options: [:], completionHandler: nil)
ios app review prompt example
Example iOS Prompt

Prompting on Android

Android has recently introduced a native prompt as well.

Android also limit the number of times the prompt can be shown, but they aren't specific around what the limits are.

The API is very simple to use and there is great sample code for a variety of languages.

      val manager = ReviewManagerFactory.create(context)
  val request = manager.requestReviewFlow()
  request.addOnCompleteListener { request ->
  if (request.isSuccessful) {
  // We got the ReviewInfo object
  val reviewInfo = request.result
  } else {
  // There was some problem, continue regardless of the result.
  val flow = manager.launchReviewFlow(activity, reviewInfo)
  flow.addOnCompleteListener { _ ->
  // The flow has finished. The API does not indicate whether the user
  // reviewed or not, or even whether the review dialog was shown. Thus, no
  // matter the result, we continue our app flow.
android app review prompt example
Example Android Prompt -


It's been widely proven that prompting for reviews and ratings on Android and iOS is extremely effective. With such easy and efficient libraries provided by the major platforms there is no excuse to delay adding in a prompt.

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About The Author


Stuart is Co-founder & Co-CEO of Appbot. Stuart has been involved in mobile as a developer, blogger and entrepreneur since the early days of the App Store. He built the 7 Minute Workout app in one night and blogged the story of growing the app to 2.3 million downloads before exiting to a large fitness device company. Previously he was the co-founder of the Discovr series of applications which achieved over 4 million downloads. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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