How to Cite a Mobile App in APA

More students than ever rely on mobile apps to complete assignments and research paper topics. Below are some tips on how to cite a mobile app in APA format.

Structure:

Author Last Name, First Initial OR *Rights holder. (Year Published). App Title (version #) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from URL.

*Note that the rights holder may be an individual but is often a group or company, and that the date reflects the year the version you used was released, even though previous versions may have been released in different years. An easy way to find the rights holder is to look for the copyright symbol ( © ).

 The rights holder is the person or group that owns the right to distribute the app itself; most often this is the “seller.” The author is the person who built the app or maintains it over time.  Unless the individual author is clearly available, citing the rights holder is preferred.

Example:

Thomson Reuters Corporation. (2017). Reuters (3.2.1) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reuters/id602660809?mt=8.