There's a religious app for that! A framework for studying religious mobile applications Academic Article uri icon


  • This article provides a new methodological approach to studying religious-oriented mobile applications available on the iTunes app store. Through an extensive review of 451 religious apps a number of problems were noted when relying solely on iTunes categories to identify app functions and purpose. Thus further analysis was done in order to present a new typology and framing of religious apps, which more accurately describe their design. We suggest that the 11 new categories offered here suggest a critical framework for studying religious apps. Thus this study provides a starting point for scholars interested in analyzing religious mobile applications to investigate how app developers integrate religious goals into their designs, and consider the primary ways people are expected to practice religion through mobile apps.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 22.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Campbell, H. A., Altenhofen, B., Bellar, W., & Cho, K. J.

citation count

  • 59

complete list of authors

  • Campbell, Heidi A||Altenhofen, Brian||Bellar, Wendi||Cho, Kyong James

publication date

  • May 2014