The app review process ensures that apps on the App Store and Mac App Store are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of explicit and offensive material. We review every app submitted based on a set of technical, content, and design criteria.
App Review Guidelines
As you plan and develop your app, make sure it meets the requirements outlined in the following documentation below.
- Mac App Store Review Guidelines
- OS X Human Interface Guidelines
- Mac Developer Program License Agreement
iOS Apps and Mac Apps
Providing App Review Information
If your app requires specific settings, user account information, or special instructions, include these details in the App Review Information section of iTunes Connect. If you don't include this information, the app review process may be delayed and your app could be rejected. For more details on providing App Review Information, read the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.
App Review Status
Once you have submitted your app, you can view its status in the My Apps module of iTunes Connect. For details on a specific status, read the iTunes Connect Developer Guide. Please note that review times can vary for each app.
Expedited App Review
If you face extenuating circumstances, you can request the review of your app to be expedited. These circumstances include fixing a critical bug in your app on the App Store or releasing your app to coincide with an event you are directly associated with.
Urgent Bug Fix
If you've submitted an update to fix a critical bug in your app on the App Store and you are requesting an expedited review, be sure to include the steps to reproduce the bug on the current version of your app.
For apps associated with an event, we recommend you plan and schedule the release of your app in iTunes Connect. However, if your app is stil in review and the launch of your event is quickly approaching, you can request to have your app review expedited. When submitting your request, it's important to include the event, date of the event, and your app's association with the event.
Please Note: Expedited reviews are granted on a limited basis and we cannot guarantee that every request will be expedited. Sign in to request an expedited review.
If your app has been rejected, the Resolution Center provides more information, including any specific App Review Guidelines that your app did not follow. You can access the Resolution Center on the App Summary or Version Details pages in iTunes Connect. For more information, read Viewing and Changing Your App’s Status and Availability.
Common App Rejections
Help your app make it smoothly through the review process by avoiding common issues that may cause your app to get rejected. For details, view Common App Rejections.
App Review Board
The App Review Board provides the opportunity to appeal the rejection of an app if you believe that the functionality or technical implementation was misunderstood. You can submit additional details to the App Review Board to help them determine if your app should be reconsidered. Sign in to submit an appeal.
Technical FAQs and Notes
- Why am I getting device support errors when uploading my app?
- How to reproduce bugs reported against App Store submissions
- How to reproduce bugs reported against Mac App Store submissions
- Specifying required OpenGL capabilities for the Mac App Store
- Resolving App Store Approval Issues for HTTP Live Streaming