App IDs, or application identifications, are unique names or number strings associated with mobile smart phone applications. Smartphone mobile applications were first popularized through Apple's iTunes App store. Their growth has increased exponentially with the increasing diversity of smartphones and smartphone carriers. Applications are spread across a wide variety of platforms, but significant market share is maintained by both the Apple and Android operating systems. Application IDs are used primarily by developers and accessing them varies across each platform.
Identify the type of system the application runs on. Android applications will run on a diverse set of hardware, while Apple applications are restricted to Apple hardware like iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
Identify an Apple app ID by opening iTunes Connect and clicking the "Get info" tab. The application ID will be the string of numbers listed after a series of names. For example, in the link "phobos.examplelinkname.1234567" the number string "1234567" represents the unique app ID.
Identify an Android app ID by opening your web browser and navigating to market.android.com. In Android, only developers reference and use the numerical app ID. The app ID to consumers is simply the actual name of the application.
Tips & Warnings
- Numerical app IDs on many platforms are used only by developers. App IDs are essentially only the actual name of the application. For example, the app ID of Angry Birds is "Angry Birds."
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