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App and submission statuses

App statuses

The app status indicates where an app is in the review and release process.

  • A red status indicator () means that you need to perform an action before the app can be distributed.

  • A yellow status indicator () means that a process, controlled either by you or Apple, is still happening.

  • A green status indicator () means that the app is Ready for Distribution.

If an app status is indicated as editable below, you can edit app metadata when the app has this status.

Status

Description

Editable

Prepare for Submission

You’ve created an app record in App Store Connect but are still preparing information for it.

Ready for Review

You’ve entered all of the required metadata for your app and indicated that you intend to submit it for review, but haven’t submitted it yet.

You can submit the app by itself or include other items, such as in-app events or custom product pages. You can only send one submission at a time per platform.

Invalid Binary

You’ve submitted your app to App Review, but the build does not meet the current binary requirements. You must upload a new build, or select one that meets all the current build requirements.

Waiting for Review

You’ve submitted a new app or updated version. Apple received your submission, but hasn’t started review.

While you are waiting for review, you can:

However, you can't upload or edit screenshots or app previews.

In Review

App Review is reviewing your app. You can remove the build from review.

Accepted

App Review accepted your app version, but one or more items in your submission were rejected.

The app can only be published when all items in the submission are accepted. You can edit the rejected items and resubmit, or remove them from the submission to move forward with the currently accepted items.

Waiting for Export Compliance

Your CCATS file is in Apple’s export compliance review process.

Pending Developer Release

Your app was approved, but you still need to release it for distribution on the App Store.

Processing for Distribution

Your app is being processed and will be ready for distribution within 24 hours.

Pending Apple Release

Apple is holding your app version until the corresponding Apple operating system version is released to the public.

If you think an app should be released on the existing operating system versions, review the deployment target set in your app build. If you rebuild your app with a different deployment target, reject the build for this version and submit the new version.

Pending App Transfer

An app transfer has been initiated, but not yet accepted by the recipient. The transferor and the recipient can each cancel the transfer. No changes can be made to the app except changes to pricing.

Processing App Transfer

The recipient has accepted the app transfer. The transfer can't be canceled and no changes can be made to the app until the transfer is complete.

Ready for Distribution

Your app has been approved and is ready for distribution.

For the app to be cleared for distribution, your agreements must be in effect. The Account Holder can accept the latest agreements in the Agreements, Tax, and Banking section.

Pre-Order Ready for Sale

Your app is available for pre-order on the App Store.

When the app is in this state you can:

Rejected

App Review didn’t accept your app. App Store Connect users with the Admin, App Manager, or Developer role are notified about the issues. Learn how to reply to App Review messages.

Metadata Rejected

App Review didn’t accept your metadata. Read the message from App Review, edit the metadata to resolve the issue, and reply to the message from App Review.

Developer Rejected

You removed your app from review. When you’re ready, resubmit your build or submit a new build.

Submission statuses

These statuses are shown for submissions that use the updated submission experience. Once all items within the submission are accepted, the submission is moved from the In Progress section to the Completed section on the App Review page.

Status

Description

Waiting for Review

Apple received your submission, but hasn’t started review.

While waiting for review, you can:

However, you can't:

  • Upload or edit screenshots or app previews

  • Edit in-app event metadata

In Review

App Review is reviewing your submission. You can cancel the submission to remove it from review.

Processing

You removed your submission from review and your action is being processed. When it's done processing the submission will be moved to Completed in the App Review section.

Unresolved Issues

App Review rejected one or more items in the submission. Learn how to manage a submission with unresolved issues.

Rejected

App Review rejected your app bundle or TestFlight submission. For TestFlight, you must submit a new build for review before you can invite external testers.

Item statuses

These statuses are shown for items within a submission that uses the updated submission experience. You can locate the status of each item on the item’s page (for example, the app record or in-app event’s page), or when you click View or Resolve next to the submission. Once all items within the submission are accepted, the submission is moved from the In Progress section to the Completed section on the App Review page.

Status

Description

Ready for Review

The item has been added to the submission, but it hasn’t been submitted to App Review yet.

Waiting for Review

Apple received your submission, but hasn’t started review.

While waiting for review, you can:

However, you can't:

  • Upload or edit screenshots or app previews

  • Edit in-app event metadata

In Review

App Review is reviewing your submission. You can cancel the submission to remove it from review.

Accepted

This status only appears in the updated submission experience. App Review accepted the item, but there are one or more rejected items in the submission. All items in the submission must be accepted before any can be published.

You can edit the rejected items and resubmit, or you can remove them from the submission.

Learn how to reply to App Review messages.

Rejected

App Review didn’t accept your item. You can edit the item and resubmit, or you can remove the item from the submission.

Learn how to manage a submission with unresolved issues.

App Store availability statuses

The App Store status tells you whether your app is available in a specific country or region, or if there are any reasons your app isn’t appearing somewhere.

  • A red status indicator () means your app isn’t available in the country or region.

  • A yellow status indicator () means action is needed from you before the app is available in the country or region, or the app is currently processing.

  • A green status indicator () means your app is available in the country or region.

Status

Description

Available

Your app is live on the App Store for users in this country or region.

Available on App Release

Your app is ready to be released in this country or region after your scheduled release date or after you manually release the app. This status will only appear if your app has never been released in any regions. Learn how to select an App Store version release option.

Pre-Order Pending Developer Release

You've set up a pre-order that'll be published in this country or region after you release a version of your app. Learn more.

Pre-Order (Scheduled Release [date])

The pre-order is live and your app will be released for download or purchase in this country or region on the date indicated. Customers in this country or region can pre-order your app on the store.

Processing to Available

Your app is processing and should be available in this country or region within 24 hours. If your app is in this status for more than 24 hours, contact us.

Processing to Not Available

Your app is processing and should be no longer be available in this country or region within 24 hours. If your app is in this status for more than 24 hours, contact us.

Processing to Pre-Order

Your app is processing and should be published for pre-order in this country or region within 24 hours. If your app is in this status for more than 24 hours, contact us.

Not Available

Your app isn't available in this country or region because you've indicated that you don't intend to distribute in this location. Learn how to select the regions where you want to make your app available.

Missing App Rating

Your app isn't available in this country or region because you haven't set an age rating for your app. Learn how to set an app age rating.

Missing Tax Form

Your app isn't available in Brazil because you haven't submitted Brazilian tax information. Learn more.

Missing Game Registration Number

Your app isn't available in this country or region because Chinese law requires additional documentation for some apps to be available for distribution in China mainland. Learn more.

Cannot Sell App

Your app isn't available in this country or region. Hold the pointer over the status to see the reason why. If you have any questions, contact us.