How To: Sort App Store Reviews on Your iPhone in iOS 11.3

Sort App Store Reviews on Your iPhone in iOS 11.3

With the release of the iOS 11.3 beta, iPhone users have new features to both sift through and look forward to, such as increased battery health information and control, Messages on iCloud, and new Animoji on iPhone X. A smaller change with the update, however, is also a useful one — a new way to sort App Store reviews.

Did you know before version 11.3 you couldn't sort App Store reviews on iOS? Bizarre, but true (we had to double-check ourselves). It's such a simple yet intuitive feature that you would think Apple would have included it from the App Store's inception. Well, better late than never.

First, if you haven't installed iOS 11.3 yet, make sure you do. While this newest iOS build is only in beta at the moment, developers and public testers alike can try it out for themselves right now. You won't be able to sort App Store reviews without it.

Step 1: Open Up the Reviews for an App/Game

Once your iPhone is running 11.3, open the App Store. Tap on an app or game that interests you, then either tap on the stars that appear under the app's icon or just scroll down yourself to the Ratings & Reviews section. From there, tap on "See All" to open up all of the user reviews.

Step 2: Sort Reviews in 4 Different Ways

Afterward, you will see the sorting options above the first review listed. By default, Apple sorts reviews by "Most Helpful," which is based on user feedback per review. However, you have other options.

Tap "Sort by Most Helpful" to open your sorting options. From here, you can choose from "Most Favorable," which sorts comments by users who liked the app best; "Most Critical," which sorts comments by users who disliked the app most; and "Most Recent," which floats the newest comments to the top.

Unfortunately, your choices do not save, so when you leave this app's page, all app reviews will be sorted by "Most Helpful," the default option. And so far, sorting only applies to the App Store, not in the iTunes Store or iBooks Store.

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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