How to cite a mobile app in Harvard

Harvard mobile app citation

To cite a mobile app in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Rightsholder(s) name: Give the name of the company or individual that owns the rights of the app, if available. If none, start with the title of the program.
  2. Year of release: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the mobile App: Give the title in italics.
  4. Edition name: Give the edition name if available, e.g. Kindle edition, Fire Phone edition.
  5. Version: Give the version number if available.
  6. Mobile store name: Give the name of the mobile store.
  7. Date of download: Give the day month and year.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a mobile app in Harvard style:

Rightsholder(s) name (Year of release) Title of the mobile App. Edition name. (Version) [Mobile app]. Available at: Mobile store name (Downloaded: Date of download).

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Harvard style guidelines in action:


A music mobile app downloaded from Google Play

FunDevs LLC (2018) MP3 Converter (Version 1.6.28) [Mobile app]. Available at: Google Play (Downloaded: 21 September 2019).

A messaging mobile app downloaded from App store

WhatsApp Inc. (2009) WhatsApp Messenger (Version 2.19.100) [Mobile app]. Available at: App Store (Downloaded: 23 October 2019).
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This citation style guide is based on the Cite Them Right (10th edition) Harvard referencing guide.

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