Apps Waiting for Review
The most suspenseful period of time when you are developing an app is the apps waiting for review session that every developer must endure. You have spent weeks if not months on your apps design and development, and now it is the time to submit your app. You submit the app, and now your status changes to “waiting for review”. You wait, and you wait, but the review period seems to never end. This period can seem way too long if this is your first time going through it. It still will seem long, but armed with the proper knowledge, at least you will know what to expect.
Currently, AppDiggity has 2 apps that are waiting for review. We are excited to announce them, but we are going to wait until they are finally accepted into the App Store. One of the most important things to know when your app is waiting for review is the upload date. You would be surprised how much unwanted stress is caused by not knowing the actual upload date of your app. Lucky for you, it is easy to find if you don’t remember the exact date that you uploaded your app to be reviewed. Simply log in to your iTunes Connect account, click on the “my apps” icon, navigate to the app that is waiting for review, and click on it. From here, you can scroll down until you find the “build” section. This will be able to tell you the exact date that you uploaded the latest version.
Now that your app is waiting for review, how long will it take until the app is live in the app store. I have seen mixed numbers, but from my experience, it has been approximately 2 weeks or 15 days. Some larger companies that have more political power are somehow able to get their apps into the app store a lot quicker than us little guys. This actually makes sense financially for Apple. They want to get the big companies apps through as soon as they can so they can make more money off of them. The small companies like us have to wait it out until they can get an employee to review the app, but that is just the start.
What if my app gets rejected? This actually happened to us, so we have experience with it, and it can be mentally draining if you do not approach it the right way. The key is simple, listen to Apples feedback and do everything they tell you to do. Apple will give you a checklist of what is wrong with your app and what you can do to fix it. This is exactly what we did, and it worked. Yes it was very stressful having our first app rejected, but we got through it and so will you.
Do you have apps waiting for review or have some words of wisdom? Share your story in the comments or contact us.