With so many apps available in the App Store, developers rely on user reviews to stand out and attract new users. And while users who truly enjoy an app should take a moment to leave a positive review, sometimes app developers take things a little too far.
For several years now, iOS app developers could trigger a pop-up message asking users to review their app. These messages are almost always more annoying than helpful, and often interrupt the user’s experience with the app or game. Thankfully, iOS 11 lets users prevent these review request notifications from appearing, at least for apps that honor Apple’s design requirements. Here’s how it works.
Disable In-App Ratings & Reviews
First, it’s important to note that this new option to disable in-app ratings and reviews is turned off by default, so you’ll continue to see them if you simply upgrade to iOS 11 and do nothing else. To change that, grab your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 and launch the Settings app.
From Settings, scroll down until you find the option labeled iTunes & App Store.
In the iTunes & App Store section, find the new option labeled In-App Ratings & Reviews. Toggle this off (white) to prevent apps from popping up those review request notifications. When it’s off, you can still leave positive (or negative) reviews for apps by manually heading to the app’s page on the App Store, you’ll just never be bothered by an unsolicited pop-up notification again.
It’s important to note that these steps only work for apps which follow Apple’s rules and guidelines. It’s possible, although unlikely, that an app could sneak by Apple’s review process and ask you for review requests via regular notifications (if you have those enabled). It’s also possible for the developer to use more nefarious means to bug you for reviews.
For most apps and users, however, disabling this feature means you’ll never be bothered again with unwanted review requests, but this also means that you’ll need to remember to head over to the App Store whenever you want to leave positive or negative feedback. Here’s to hoping that Apple further refines this feature in future updates to allow an “ask once” type policy.
Have you ever used an app where you received random pop-ups out of nowhere asking you to rate their apps and write a review? Kind of annoying, right?
Most long-time iPhone and iPad users have probably closed dozens or even hundreds of annoying review request pop-ups that does nothing more than hamper the app usage experience. Apps that constantly ask for ratings and reviews are a nuisance for many users, and let’s be honest, how often have you actually rated these apps because of the review pop-ups?
Fortunately Apple has been taking notes, as they’ve added an option that allows users to disable these unnecessary in-app review pop-ups.
If you’re tired of these in-app review request pop-ups, then look no further. In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can easily disable in-app rating & review pop-ups on iPhone and iPad, within a matter of seconds.
How to Disable In-App Ratings & Reviews on iPhone & iPad
This feature was first made available to the beta users of iOS 10.3, but never really made it to the final version. However, Apple decided to add it to the stable version a few months later with the introduction of iOS 11, thus as long as you have a recent iOS or iPadOS version this feature will be available to you. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the necessary steps.
- Open the “Settings” app from your iPhone or iPad home screen.
- Now, scroll a little bit down and tap on “iTunes & App Store”
- Here, if you scroll down you’ll see the option to turn off “In-App Ratings & Reviews”, which is enabled by default as you can see in the screenshot below. Simply tap on the toggle to disable the pop-ups.
That was all you had to do to stop those pesky review pop-ups from annoying you again. Quick and easy, right?
It’s worth noting here that disabling in-app ratings & reviews wouldn’t stop all your apps from displaying pop-ups. It’ll only work with the vast majority of the apps that have been updated to use Apple’s recent API, which restricts the apps to display no more than three such pop-ups within a 365-day period. Several older apps that haven’t been updated in a while will remain unaffected by the toggle and apps could still use other means to request for a rating or review.
Apple initially allowed developers to display pop-ups for ratings & reviews with the iOS 10.3 update, a couple of years ago. This allowed users to quickly rate the app without even having to leave the app and visit the App Store. Since then, several developers and apps have misused this functionality by repeatedly displaying pop-ups every now and then, especially when the user is in the middle of performing a task within the app. This was frustrating enough to make Apple update their guidelines just a year later.
According to the updated guidelines, Apple has advised developers to not be a pest with repeated prompts that could interrupt the user. They’ve also suggested developers to give users adequate time to get a hang of the app before showing the review request pop-up. This is understandable considering how several apps have been prompting users for a rating shortly after launching the app for the very first time. If users genuinely liked (or disliked) using an app, we’re pretty confident that a lot of them would go out of their way to write a review on the App Store, even if they weren’t prompted to do so.
Now that you’ve disabled such in-app review pop-ups, are you going to keep in-app ratings & reviews disabled permanently? Will it change the number of reviews you write for apps, if you write them at all in the first place? Let us know your thoughts and how you think developers should request users for ratings and reviews without hampering their users experience in the comments section down below.
Are you tired of iPhone and iPad apps nagging you to rate and review their apps with pop-ups? The most annoying in-app rating and review pop-ups usually arrive in third party apps and say something along the lines of “review our app” and offer a few options of reviewing the app now, reviewing the app later, or attempting to stop reviewing the app completely which seems to just postpone the review pop-up slightly longer but never entirely. The pop-ups take over the entire iOS experience and must be acted on to dismiss, fun! Be annoyed no more, fortunately you can now disable these review and rating pop-ups in iOS completely.
The ability to disable app review and app rating pop-up alerts in iOS requires iOS 10.3 or later to be installed on the iPhone or iPad. If you don’t have this feature it’s likely because you are not on the latest version of iOS available.
Disable App Review & App Rating Requests in iOS
Turning this toggle off will prevent apps from bugging you to review or rate the app:
- Open the “Settings” app in iOS and go to “iTunes & App Stores” settings
- Locate the “In-App Ratings & Reviews” toggle and flip to the OFF position
With this setting disabled, you should stop seeing any of the app review requests popping up on your iPhone or iPad.
If you decide you miss those app-rating pop ups, you can easily go back to Settings to re-enable this feature by toggling “In-App Ratings & Reviews” back to the ON position again.
Something for users to keep in mind: app ratings and app reviews can help developers as well as contribute to an apps success, so if you do like (or hate) an app you should take the time to rate and review it. Reviewing and rating apps can be done through the App Store in iOS or iTunes on the Mac.
I know a lot of developers like these pop-ups because it may get some users to review their apps who otherwise wouldn’t, but my personal opinion is these type of pop-ups are annoying and should be disabled by default. Instead, Apple should offer an easier way to see, edit, and review apps via the App Store app.
Update: This feature was only available to beta users, it seems to not be available in current versions of iOS 10.3 – let us know in the comments if you experience something different.
Apple’s latest iOS 11 is a massive update, whether you like to admit or not. Granted, it’s not an iOS 7-like upgrade, but the operating system introduces a number of granular controls, not to forget those awesome changes that it has brought to the camera. But, it’s not the iOS 11 camera that we are talking about today, it’s the annoying prompts from multiple apps that ask you for ratings every now and then. With iOS 11, you can now get rid of them, once and for all.
How to disable app ratings requests in iOS 11
There are some obvious misses when we talk about iOS 11, removing the App Switcher gesture and the weird “feature” of not turning off Bluetooth when we disable it from the Control Center are at the top of my list of hourly annoyances – or even more frequent. But, the Cupertino tech giant is obviously still tweaking its latest version of mobile operating system, promising that some of these annoyances will be fixed with iOS 11.x updates. Which is why it’s probably more fruitful to talk less about what’s not there but will be fixed, and more about the amazing new controls that the company has brought to the front. Little things count, after all.
In today’s guide, we will focus on a very simple toggle that allows you to force app developers to stop demanding you for ratings. While it is a good thing to drop a review or rating to let your fellow users know if a game or an app is actually good, the prompts always come at the wrong time – right when you are rushing through that email or running through a game to get some gold.
The process is very simple, with Apple having introduced a toggle that promises to free you from feeling guilty when you have to go “umm, may be later. ” to resume what you were actually doing.
- Head over to Settings
- Tap on iTunes & App Store
- Toggle the In-App Ratings & Review option off
By the way, if you don’t completely hate the reviewing process, iOS 11 will still help you if you stay the good app user and leave the above toggle on. Apparently, Apple is now forcing developers to limit app review requests for just 3 times a year. But since that still comes up to a lot considering how many apps all of us have, you can head over to the App Store to drop a review.
Apple included a handy new feature in iOS 10.3 beta to give people the power to disable in-app prompts seeking feedback in one fell swoop. Apps that use the new SKStoreReviewController API can invoke a new standardized prompt offering users to provide a rating or write a review without taking them to the actual App Store. This feature has been available on and off for beta testers and should be available to the public in an upcoming update to iOS 10.
These in-app prompts for ratings and reviews can be disabled at once for all apps installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch which support the feature. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for how to disable in-app ratings and review requests in iOS.
How to disable in-app ratings and review requests on iPhone and iPad
To opt out of receiving these feedback prompts, do the following:
1) Launch Settings on your iOS device.
2) Tap iTunes & App Stores.
3) To disable all in-app prompts for App Store reviews and ratings, flip the switch In-App Ratings & Reviews switch to the OFF position.
This will prevent all apps that are installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from asking for product feedback in the form of App Store ratings and reviews. Again, this toggle has no bearing on apps on your device that do not use iOS 10.3’s new SKStoreReviewController API.
Please think twice before disabling in-app ratings and reviews.
As I explained before, the new API streamlines the product feedback experience with standardized prompts limited to three per year per app. As Apple itself suggests, you should help developers and other users know what you think by letting apps ask for product feedback.
Like before, your submitted ratings are valid for the App Store territory where you originally purchased the app. You can also leave ratings and write reviews for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps directly in App Store, and for macOS apps in Mac App Store.
You can also leave ratings for Apple TV apps, but not submit reviews.
About in-app ratings and review requests
iOS 10.3 beta gives users the power to silence in-app prompts seeking App Store feedback.
In the past, developers were free to interrupt the experience and inundate users with pesky prompts asking them to provide a rating or write a review on App Store.
With the new SKStoreReviewController API, developers simply choose when they’d like to prompt the user and identify places in their apps where it makes sense to ask for feedback, and the system takes care of the rest.
The system allows users to submit a rating through the standardized prompt and authenticate with Touch ID to write and submit a review, all without leaving the app.
The API limits these requests to three prompts per app in a 365-day period. The counter is not reset when the app is updated. The hope here is that the new API will encourage developers to strategically ask for feedback for major updates only.
Previously, many apps would aggressively ask for feedback after each and every update because App Store erases an app’s average rating with each submitted update. Apps that don’t use the aforesaid API can still put up a bespoke prompt seeking feedback “at appropriate times throughout the user experience,” according to Apple.
App makers that use iOS 10.3’s new SKStoreReviewController API save time because the system decides when to pull up these in-app prompts and how they’re rendered.
Users benefit from having the standardized prompt and the ability to write a review or submit a rating without leaving the app they’re in.
When the user sees an in-app prompt seeking App Store feedback, he or she can authenticate with Touch ID to write and submit a review, right there and then.
“The system’s rating prompt offers a familiar, efficient experience that’s designed to engage the user with minimal impact,” explains Apple.
As a bonus, developers can at long last respond publicly to App Store reviews.
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The App Tracking Transparency privacy feature in iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5 requires iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps to obtain explicit consent from you before tracking you.
App Tracking Transparency: Now vs. before
Apps that want to track your activity across other apps and websites are now required to put up a new system permissions dialog, not dissimilar from those you see when an app seeks permission to get your current geographical location or access your Photos library.
According to Apple’s description of the feature:
Apple requires app developers to ask for permission before they track your activity across apps or websites they don’t own in order to target advertising to you, measure your actions due to advertising or to share your information with data brokers.
Before iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, apps were able to leverage your IDFA identifier to track your activity across apps and websites from different developers for more accurate ad targeting. Such unsolicited tracking is an invasion of user privacy so Apple sought to do something about it.
For those wondering, IDFA or the Identifier for Advertisers is a unique randomly generated identifier assigned by Apple to a user’s device that advertisers use for tracking.
With the App Tracking Transparency initiative now in effect, developers can no longer resort to IDFA cross-app tracking without getting explicit user permission first. In other words, tracking went from an opt-out feature before iOS 14.5 to being an opt-in on iOS 14.5.
Any apps found to track users without consent will be removed from the App Store altogether, the Cupertino technology giant warns in a post on the Apple Developer website.
How to stop an iPhone app from tracking you
The first time you open an app after upgrading to iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5, you’ll be greeted with Apple’s new privacy prompt seeking your permission to track you. From there, you can very easily choose to either not be tracked by this app or to permit tracking.
At any point in time, you can change that setting for that specific app by following these directions:
- Open Settings on your iPhone, or iPad.
- Choose Privacy from the root list.
- Hit the entry labeled Tracking.
- Turn tracking on or off for an app displayed in the list of apps.
All apps aside from those that you have previously given permission to track will be blocked from accessing your device’s advertising identifier.
What happens when you give tracking permission
Not all apps track your activity invasively for ad targeting, some do it to improve features like content recommendations. If you decide to permit an app to track you, doing so will allow information about you or your device collected through the app to be combined with information that third parties already have.
Combined data can then be used for purposes of target advertising or advertising measurement. If an app’s developer has opted to share that information with data brokers, any publicly available information about you or your device may be linked to your user profile.
It is not considered tracking when the app developer:
- Combines information about you or your device on your device, without sending data off of your device in a way that identifies you.
- Shares information about you or your device with data brokers solely for the purpose of fraud detection/prevention or security purposes.
- When the data broker with which the app developer shares information about you or your device is a consumer reporting agency and the information is shared for purposes of reporting on your credit activity or to obtain information on your creditworthiness in order to determine your eligibility for credit.
If you’d rather not see those prompts at all, you can disable tracking altogether.
How to stop iOS apps from tracking you altogether
To revoke tracking permission or stop tracking altogether for all the apps installed on your iPhone and iPad, use the updated privacy settings in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5.
- Open Settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
- Choose Privacy from the root list.
- Hit the entry labeled Tracking.
- Slide the switch next to Allow Apps to Request to Track to the OFF position.
This will stop all apps installed on this device from tracking your activity across other companies’ apps and websites.
When you disable “Allow Apps to Request to Track,” any new apps installed on your device that attempt to ask for your permission to track you across other apps and websites will be blocked from asking and automatically informed that you have requested not to be tracked.
In other words, toggling off this option will stop the operating system from seeking your permission and prevent apps from accessing your device’s IDFA advertising identifier.
How to stop app tracking on Apple TV
To stop a single Appel TV app from tracking your activity across other apps and websites, open the Settings app on your Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K with tvOS 14.5 or later. Now choose Privacy → Tracking, then select the app in the list below the heading “Tracking.”
To stop app tracking completely in tvOS 14.5 or newer, open the Settings app on your Apple TV, then select Privacy → Tracking and disable “Allow Apps to Request to Track.”
Is there a way to remove an approved app from childrens iphone so they cant download it again ??
iPhone 6, iOS 9.3.2
Posted on Jun 5, 2016 11:08 AM
NNot sure i understand how that Will work. Will this stop like Instagram from working ?? Or will it prevent Instagram from beint downloaded?
Setting Age based restrictions will hide the App if it’s already on the iPhone, and will prevent downloading such apps from the App store if they are not already on it.
You can of course simply delete Instagram from the iPhone completely, and then setup the Age restrictions to prevent any Apps with age ratings higher than those you approve to be downloaded or even be accessible on the device.
Instagram for instance has a 12+ Age rating. Set the Age restrictions below that, and Instagram will be disabled from running if its on the iPhone (it will be hidden), and be prevented from downloading to the iPhone if its not.
Posted on Jun 5, 2016 12:11 PM
I have run into the same problem, I originally approved the app, but now I no longer want my son to have this app and once it is approved in the apple store, then apple no longer ask my permission for him to download it. I was hoping there was some check box or something that I could “uncheck” for it to no longer be an approved app.
I talked to an apple store employee and he wasn’t aware of a way, but asked me to try to get into the apple account and you can see the purchase history and there may be a way to remove it. I tried that and you can only report a problem, but the selections available don’t apply. BTW – I had to login to my son’s account to find it. He said if that don’t work I would need to call an apple support rep. That’s where I’m at now and will let you know how it goes.
It’s no secret that websites track our online activity for varied reasons, such as giving targeted ads or offering a better user experience. But if privacy is your concern, then you can stop websites from tracking you on iOS. By default, Safari already limits third-party cookies on your phone, but you can also control other options, including location access. Let me tell you more and explain how to prevent websites from tracking you in Safari on iPhone and iPad.
How to stop websites from tracking you in Safari to protect your privacy
Safari boasts a few different privacy and security settings that you can tweak to prevent websites from tracking you. Here’s what to do:
- Go to Settings →Safari.
- Scroll down to Privacy and Security.
Here you will see a few different options that you can toggle on or off as you like:
- Prevent Cross-Site Tracking: This limits third-party cookies and data. It is turned on by default, but you can toggle it off to allow cross-site tracking.
- Fraudulent Website Warning: Keep this toggled on to make Safari show a warning if you’re visiting a suspected phishing or otherwise untrustworthy website.
- Check for Apple Pay: Toggle this ON if you want websites that accept Apple Pay to know that the service is enabled on your device. You can toggle it off to prevent websites from checking if you have Apple Pay.
Prevent websites from tracking your location in Safari
Have you ever been annoyed by pop-ups on websites asking to know your location? There is often a legitimate reason for this, such as wanting to give you the most relevant information based on your area. But it can also be invasive and disrupt your browsing experience. Luckily, you have the option to prevent those pesky pop-ups. Just follow the steps below.
- Go to Settings →Safari.
- Scroll down and tap Location.
- To prevent websites asking to track your location, select Deny.Note: If you select Allow, it will let websites track your location without asking. If you select Ask, websites will show you a pop-up seeking your permission to track location.
How to view the Safari privacy report on iPhone and iPad
Safari has an in-built Privacy Report that shows you a summary of trackers that have been detected and stopped on the webpage you’re visiting. It also helps you stay safe from malicious websites and keep your browsing activities private from others who use the same device.
To view the Privacy Report → tap the AA icon on the left side of the search field → tap Privacy Report.
FAQ related to websites tracking
Q. Does Safari block all trackers?
By default, Safari limits the number of third-party trackers. To block all trackers, you have to go to Settings → Safari → Block All Cookies. However, this might affect your browsing experience as some websites require cookies and trackers to function effectively.
Q. Is cross-site tracking bad?
No, some cross-site tracking is needed for webpages to function effectively and give you a good user experience. It is only a concern when done by suspicious or invasive websites.
Q. Does Safari track your searches?
Safari keeps track of the websites you visit the most frequently, and these appear when you open a new tab. To disable this option, go to Settings → Safari and toggle off Frequently Visited Sites.
Q. Is private mode on Safari really private?
When you use Private mode on Safari, the browser won’t record any temporary data on the device you’re using. This means that the pages you visit or search for will not show up in the browsing history after closing the session. However, your network administrator or internet service provider might still be able to see what pages you visited.
Now you can prevent websites from tracking you in Safari
So that was the lowdown on how to prevent websites from tracking you or asking for your location. If you have any further questions, let me know in the comments below. You might also like to read my detailed comparison of Safari and Google Chrome to know which is better for your iPhone or iPad.
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With Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time, you can block or limit specific apps and features on your child’s device. You can also restrict the settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for explicit content, purchases and downloads, and privacy.
Set Content & Privacy Restrictions
- Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
- Tap Continue, then choose "This is My [Device]" or "This is My Child’s [Device]."
- If you’re the parent or guardian of your device and want to prevent another family member from changing your settings, tap Use Screen Time Passcode to create a passcode, then re-enter the passcode to confirm. In iOS 13.4 and later, after you confirm your passcode you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it.
- If you’re setting up Screen Time on your child’s device, follow the prompts until you get to Parent Passcode and enter a passcode. Re-enter the passcode to confirm. In iOS 13.4 and later, after you confirm your passcode you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it.
- Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. If asked, enter your passcode, then turn on Content & Privacy.
Make sure to choose a passcode that’s different from the passcode you use to unlock your device. To change or turn off the passcode on your child’s device, tap Settings > Screen Time > [your child’s name]. Then tap Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn Off Screen Time Passcode, and authenticate the change with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode.
If you forgot your Screen Time passcode, update your device to the latest iOS or iPadOS then reset your passcode. If you can’t update your device, erase it and set it up as new to remove the passcode and choose a new one. Restoring your device from a backup won’t remove your passcode.
Prevent iTunes & App Store purchases
You can also prevent your child from being able to install or delete apps, make in-app purchases, and more. To prevent iTunes & App Store purchases or downloads:
- Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
- Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. If asked, enter your passcode.
- Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
- Choose a setting and set to Don’t Allow.
You can also change your password settings for additional purchases from the iTunes & App Store or Book Store. Follow steps 1-3, then choose Always Require or Don’t Require.