Apple in their infinite wisdom, has given no method of reporting/flagging an app in the App Store. I have never tried to do this for a free app, so I had not realized this.
Once an app is downloaded, the “Report a Problem” link appears on the screen, but will only take you to the developers website. This is useless if the site is defunct or takes you to a one page site with no contact info or links of any kind. This has happened to me several times, but I never took the time to try and report an app, until now.
After 2 hours of searching, I keep getting directed back to “Report a Problem”. The issue with this is that you can only report PAID Apps to get a refund. Even though the app you wish to report is listed, if it was free, you cannot select it.
The concern is how we supposed to report a free app that is deceptive, no longer functioning or even in business, developers link is no longer active, contains inappropriate or offensive material, or tries to sell you “weed & pills” as just happened to me.
In the past, confidence in the App Store content was moderately high. However, the overall app quality is not as great as it once was. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of superb apps, but I’ve downloaded a good amount of crap alsoy. On one of my searches during this quest, I came across a response that stated the App Store now had over 500,000 entries. The response was worded in a way that left the reader to infer that was the reason there was no way to flag an app. In my mind, logic would rationalize that the more content, the greater the need to give the community a way to help police it?
Since I’m venting, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to a time where I could put an app on a wish list if I wasn’t ready to purchase…. they lose a lot of money from not having one.