Software programs or applications that run on any computer or mobile device (such as a smartphone or tablet) are frequently described as apps.
The APA 6th edition publication manual was published in 2010 and does not contain any referencing guidance or examples for apps. To reference an app in an academic work, use the following information.
Rightsholder, A. A. (year). Title of Software or Program (Version number) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx
For more information, see the blog by Chelsea Lee on the APA Style blog.
Lee, C. (2013, 1 March 2013). How to cite a mobile app. APA Style Blog. Retrieved 28 May, 2019, from https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2013/03/how-to-cite-a-mobile-app.html
In APA 7th edition, it states that software applications and mobile apps are mentioned in the body of the text and do not need to be referenced if they are commonly known. Simply provide the proper name of the software with the version in a sentence, e.g. Microsoft Word 2013 (15.0.5249).
However, in-text citations and references are needed if there are any quotations or paraphrases from an app or if referring to an app that readers might not know.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2020). Title of work (Version 1.2) [Mobile app]. Publisher Name or App Store. https://xxxxx