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I'm new to iOS and setting up a new iPhone. Can someone please explain how to avoid adware when choosing apps in the App Store? I will not install adware on my devices, and I'm happy to pay for apps that are free of any advertisements.

For context, here is a screenshot of adware in Google's Play store which clearly labels it as such:

screen-shot of Google Maps app listing in Google Play

And here is the same app in the App Store, which fails to mention ads:

screen-shot of Google Maps app listing in App Store

I'm looking to install a few games and so far I am unable to do so due to a lack of information...have I overlooked something?

  • Off the top of my head if the app offers "in-app purchases," making that purchase usually disables ads so that notation next to the "GET" button would be a likely sign of ads. Also if you check the reviews of the app it will often mention the ads. Unfortunate Apple does not provide that feature. – Steve Chambers Jul 3 '18 at 20:36
  • To build on @SteveChambers's comment, there's a dropdown next to the "in-app purchases" button. From there you can see the purchases offered. Often you'll see a "remove ads" statement or similar. – fsb Jul 3 '18 at 21:54
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As far as I know, there is not an equivalent in the App Store. If this is a feature you'd like to see implemented, go here to leave product feedback.

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