Introducing the Kickstarter App for iPhone and iPod Touch

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We're excited to announce that the first official Kickstarter app launched in the iTunes Store this morning! It's available for iPhone and iPod Touch, it's free, and you can download it here.

The app is a whole new way to experience Kickstarter. We took things we've learned from the past three years of building the site, and applied them to a total redesign for the iPhone. We redesigned the project page, browse pages, and others. And we focused on making three things really useful and fun: finding new projects, keeping up to date with projects you've backed, and offering great tools for creators.

Finding projects

The best part of Kickstarter is all the amazing projects, and the app is a really fun way to find them. You can browse projects by category, popularity, and other filters. You can back projects and watch project videos. And you can even use your location to see projects near you.

Following projects

The app also keeps backers up-to-date on the projects they’ve backed. The Activity tab shares updates from projects you’re backing, with new updates getting added the instant the creator posts them. If you use Kickstarter’s social features, the app notifies you when your friends back projects or launch a project of their own. (You can easily add friends from Facebook in the app if you aren't using this already.)

Creator tools

The app has a bunch of great stuff to help creators manage their projects. It notifies creators of pledges as they happen. It keeps creators up-to-date on their project’s progress and stats with the project dashboard. Most excitingly, creators can take pictures and videos with their iPhone camera and post them as project updates straight from the app, bringing backers even closer to the creative process.


We want to thank our team for their incredible work in making the first Kickstarter app. We especially want to thank Brandon Williams and Andrew Cornett who worked tirelessly to build and design this. They did an amazing job.

We’re excited to share this with the millions of Kickstarter backers who have helped bring so many projects to life, and our amazing community of filmmakers, musicians, gamers, designers, technologists, and other creators. Thanks so much for being a part of Kickstarter. We hope you enjoy!

Download Kickstarter for iPhone and iPod Touch

    1. Guilherme Saba on

      Do you plan on releasing an Android version of this app? If so, when?

    2. Tamim Swaid on

      The app is really beautiful. Very well done. Love your design approach guys. Kudos.

    3. Fernando Fernandes on

      WOW! Gorgeous! Congrats!

    4. Sacha Cohen on

      Great stuff, I have been keeping an eye out for this. I have to agree with Tamim, the app is really beautifully designed. Nice work in the unique elastic scrolling effect at the top of the projects pages. Yeah, the app is stunning.

    5. Andy ~ OotG on

      Looks great, would love to see an Android version

    6. Nick Hanson

      +1 for Android version

    7. ET3D on

      Another +1 for Android. I certainly like the idea of this, it's just the wrong platform for me. :)

    8. Remy Monsen on

      I am really disappointed in you for only releasing an iPhone app. In today's smartphone world, there is only a few large competitors, so releasing a version of the app for each (IOS, Android, Windows Phone) shouldn't really be a problem.

      On the other hand, why wast time on apps at all, I would much more enjoy proper mobile-friendly webpages (Which works on all platforms) instead of having to resort to an app for everything. The devices do have a browser for a reason, why do we really need an app for viewing what is essentially web data.

    9. Tiago Furtado on

      Yup, seconding most opinions here and asking where is the Android app...

    10. patchie patch on

      Kickstarter, you should have released Iphone and Android apps at the same time!

      it is after all more android users in the world.

    11. TheChosenOne on

      When will there be put some effort into putting the normal website in order to offer more features and a good overview here?
      So hard to keep track of dozens of projects and getting no reminder of reminded projects with a poor system for rewardtiers and no edit function and all that.

    12. Ralph Chilton

      Android please!

    13. temp2264 on

      +1 for Android as wel

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      Can Com on

      Windows 8 app!!! Your site already rocks...

    15. Dennis Shannakian on

      I really hope there wil be an Android version out soon as well.

    16. Yulian Kuncheff

      Time for some Kickstarter Dogfooding. I would donate to a kickstarter campaign for a Windows Phone 8 app.

      Android is good too, I have a Nexus4, but I would love an app for my Lumia 920 which is my primary daily driver.

      Maybe 1 kickstarter for both. and have Android be the first goal, and WP8 be the second.

      I donate a lot on Kickstarter, and I would love to use it directly for my mobile. That or an equally well made mobile version of your site. IE10 is pretty caught up on standards compliancy.

    17. Ken Nickerson

      Really terrific design. The pull-down, image expansion (iOS) is new and tees-cool! Worth the wait, outstanding first release.

    18. Edwardo on

      Yes, Android please. And why don't you throw another idea of a survey tool for project creator during the funding process?

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      Mark Canning on

      Last time I checked android has the majority share of the smartphone market why release to iphone first?

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      Richard NL on

      Funnily enough there was a Kickstarter project for a Kickstarter mobile app a year ago. It got suspended.

      There's quite a few Kickstarter apps for Android already - although I'm not sure of their capabilities for project creators to check up on their own projects. For backers, though, quite a bit of choice.

      I do agree that launching a page /mobile and then being iDevice-only is worthy of the above comments.

    21. Michel on

      Why a iAddict Mac one first? When does the Android version will be available?

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      Richard NL on

      @Michel - "Why first" is a simple answer - it's a lot easier to develop a consistent experience for iDevices (remember, very limited set of screen resolutions alone mean a lot less testing required). In addition, check out the Kickstarter projects geared toward mobile - iDevices are very well-represented compared to Android.. even if most of them are the so-manieth iPhone case/stand/connector. But I do hope an official Android app is forthcoming - soon. Until then, yay alternatives.

    23. Riki Insfran on

      waiting for android version or mobile site version

    24. Michael Hartmann

      The app works great. I'm loving the push notifications.
      Two suggestions:
      1) Add pull to refresh for the comments.
      2) Make it possible to view the profile of other backers by tapping their avatar.

    25. Kyle Manley - Dream Traveller on

      I concur with the pull to refresh, though I would add it to all "pages" of the app as well. But that is just the beginning, I would also love to see more effort put into tracking our own pledges, maybe a calendar for those of us who are monitoring several projects (starred and pledged), some type of notification settings would be nice (alert me when project hits so and so mark, for example). Still, a good start!

    26. Michelle "Kenobi" Osorio on

      Agreeing with everyone else: I'd love to see an Android app. I'm sure you're already considering it or possibly developing it. Would love an update on when we can see it if it's in the works.

    27. Panos Siman on

      +1 for Android version

    28. Porcupine on

      Luckily, since everybody except Kickstarter realized long, long ago that a mobile widget to keep an eye on the evolution of one's backed projects is a necessity, a number of them already exist in the Android marketplace (as kludgy as they are). In unrelated news, the bets are now open on whether an official Android app, a project browsing / discovery system that's actually usable or the next end-of-the-world are the likeliest to arrive first.

    29. H. W. McCray on

      The sad truth is that it's easier to go iOS first, because Android is a fragmented platform. That said, I want an Android version too! I do have an Android app I use for tracking projects, but it's rather limited.

    30. Randall B Middleton on

      As I still carry a treo 680 I don't have a dog in this fight but I am leaning toward the android. That said as a business owner I am still looking for the app that I use ever day on the treo it can be discouraging. As a new member of the kickstarter concept I am finding this platform very well thought out and executed and with an approximate gross income of 21 million dollar the resources to address these concerns seems promising.

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      Please make one for Windows Phone 8 please! Keep it going Kickstarter.

    32. Timothy Toler

      ANDROID! The unofficial apps available are rather lackluster.

    33. Luka Dornhecker on

      @H. W. McCray You don't have to support every android version out there. You could for example decide to only support android 2.3+ or 4.0+.
      I'd love to see an android kickstarter app. It's a pity many companies do iOS first and a half-assed android version later.

    34. Steve & Stefanie Dombek on

      Coming at it from a creator perspective, the ability to add photo updates straight from the iPhone is a pretty cool feature. I can picture using that when my project goes live for quick updates amid the chaos.

    35. Harald Korneliussen on

      H. W. McCray, for this kind of app, Android is not fragmented at all. You could probably make this kind of app with Android 1.0...

      Yeah, it's a bit annoying to see that the Kickstarter folks are so iFans that they launch a "mobile version" without even a hint of acknowledgement that there are other platforms than iPhone at all. Nor do they acknowledge that there are other social networks than Facebook, or (gasp!) even other payment providers than their owner Amazon.

      That said, right now e.g Kicktraq does a better job than Kickstarter themselves in providing statistics and oversight ... as long as KS aren't foolish enough to shut down great third party efforts like that, it hardly matters that they court their fellow iFans.

    36. Spinx Inc on

      Such a nice app. We can easily analyze, search or funding for our projects on our iPhone or iPad. This mobile app also has nice design and layout.

    37. Tony Porter on

      No Android app, disappointing.

    38. Christian Le-Kroken on

      Android app please. None of my friends use any iOS devices.

    39. Chris Patterson on

      Yeah, there's a reason why there's only 49 likes on Facebook. Where's the Android love?

    40. Jeff on

      Looks great - put me on the "Android please" list! :-)

    41. Jeff on

      Looks great - put me on the "Android please" list! :-)

    42. Tim B on

      Any word of a Windows Phone version? The community's body is ready.

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      Evert Chin on

      IMHO Android users are much more willing to support DIY innovative projects... so... please add Android support.

    44. Tiki C on

      Android app for me, please!

    45. LordCrash on

      +1 for an Android version

    46. Silver on

      I'd like an Android (Jelly Bean) version as well. Android is the market leader in activated devices anyway, so I don't see any reason to make the KS app iOS exclusive.

    47. Jalister on

      iPhone and Android should have been released at the same time, it's not like Android has a small market share. Being someone that will never own an iOS, +1 for Android version.

    48. gandalf.nho

      +1 for a Android version

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