I am creating a free version of my iPhone game. I want to have a button inside the free version that takes people to the paid version in the app store. If I use a standard link
the iPhone opens Safari first, and then the app store. I have used other apps that open the app store directly, so I know it is possible.
Any ideas? What is the URL Scheme for the app store?
Edited on 2016-02-02
A SKStoreProductViewController object presents a store that allows the user to purchase other media from the App Store. For example, your app might display the store to allow the user to purchase another app.
Drive Customers Directly to Your App on the App Store with iTunes Links With iTunes links you can provide your customers with an easy way to access your apps on the App Store directly from your website or marketing campaigns. Creating an iTunes link is simple and can be made to direct customers to either a single app, all your apps, or to a specific app with your company name specified.
To send customers to a specific application: http://itunes.com/apps/appname
To send customers to a list of apps you have on the App Store: http://itunes.com/apps/developername
To send customers to a specific app with your company name included in the URL: http://itunes.com/apps/developername/appname
You can replace
itms-apps:// to avoid redirects.
For info on naming, see Apple QA1633:
Edit (as of January 2015):
itunes.com/apps links should be updated to appstore.com/apps. See QA1633 above, which has been updated. A new QA1629 suggests these steps and code for launching the store from an app:
NSString *iTunesLink = @"itms://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/id375380948?mt=8"; [[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:[NSURL URLWithString:iTunesLink]];