More popular than John Lewis…

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, at least not too often. But if you’re the kind of person who loves apps, and downloads them regularly for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you might have noticed that SpareRoom is currently more popular than John Lewis!

Our iPhone app, free to download, is at no. 45 in the Lifestyle category, 2 places above everyone’s favourite department store. We’re frankly astounded to discover we’re also more popular than B&Q (104) and Harrods (55), though we’ve still got a way to go to get into the top twenty. SpareRoom would have to elbow such giants as Next, TimeOut London and Tesco Clubcard out of the way to get there, but we don’t see why not!  It was amongst those chosen to be featured in the Sunday Times’ App List 2012 – a hand-picked list of the 500 best apps in the world.

The success or failure of an app isn’t all about downloads though. Plenty of people download apps and never use them more than once, if at all. The Top Grossing Apps give a measure of how useful an app is (revealing that people are willing to pay either for the app, or make in-app payments). We’re at no 3 in our category, on this measure. When it comes to being trusted enough for people to pay to use additional features, we’re right up there, it seems.

Recent reviews of the app reveal why it’s popular:

“I heard about SpareRoom on the news, I had a quick look… I liked it, created my details and I started receiving enquiries from first day” – 5 stars
reviewed by TheCedarsHouse 16 Oct 2012

“Fab fab fab fab fab app :)” – 5 stars
by Gemmmmyyyy2222 15 Oct 2012

“A perfect landlord app” – 5 stars
by Night player by day 17 Oct 2012

So, thank you to everyone who downloaded the app and uses it regularly. If you like it, please take a couple of minutes to leave your review on the App Store, so that others may also discover it. Thanks!

Beta testers needed for our iPhone app

We’re currently working on updates for our iPhone app and it’s really useful for us to have a few people testing it as we go so we can get feedback (as well as access to logs if anything crashes). If you fancy becoming part of SpareRoom’s beta testing team for the app (as well as any future developments) simply click here. The signup process is quick and easy.

Testers will have the ability to send us feedback on the app so you can let us know how it works (and how you think it should work!)



SpareRoom’s iPhone App Is Here

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new SpareRoom iPhone app. The app (available on the app store or through iTunes) allows users to search for rooms and flatmates throughout the UK. Ads can be managed and upgraded and you can also call or email other users straight from the app using our messaging system.

Other features include:

  • Full retina display graphics
  • Full landscape mode
  • Location-based searching
  • Browse and contact thousands of adverts on-the-go
  • Phone advertisers directly from the app
  • Full synchronisation with your account on

The app is free so have a look and let us know what you think