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VA App Store filters

How to make sure your app is easily found by people browsing the VA App Store.

Your app does not need to appear under a filter option from every category, but it should appear under at least one filter or tag.

Apps should only appear under a filter if the app is directly related to that topic. For example, an app designed to guide Veterans through meditation practices may have positive effects on Veterans who have trouble controlling anger, but that app should not be tagged with “anger” because that’s not part of the app’s core purpose. Users who search for apps related to anger management would be surprised and confused to find a meditation app appear in their results. The tag “mindfulness, resilience, and goal setting” is more appropriate for a meditation app.

App teams should note what filters apply to their app when filling out the VA Mobile App Intake form (VA Network access required). If your app falls under a topic that is not included in the current filter list, we will discuss whether a new filter is needed.

Filter Groups

Mental Wellness and Self-Care

Filter names:

  • Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Use
  • Anger and Irritability
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression and Mood
  • Mindfulness, Resilience, and Goal Setting
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Sleep and Insomnia

Physical Wellness and Health

Filter names:

  • Brain Health and Strokes
  • COVID-19
  • Diabetes and Kidney Health
  • Disaster and Exposure (Apps used in response to crisis events or their aftermath, such as exposure to airborne hazards.)
  • Heart Health and Conditions
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Pain and Headaches
  • Prosthetics
  • Women’s Health
  • Ulcers

Care at VA

Filter names:

  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Automatic Text Alerts
  • Benefits (Apps that educate Veterans about VA benefits or help them access their VA benefits.)
  • Health Education and Information
  • Medication Management
  • Scans (Apps used to scan or take images of the body, usually for prosthetics.)
  • Virtual Communications
  • Video/Virtual Visits
  • Symptom Tracking and Screening
  • Treatment Companion (Apps that supplement therapy sessions, either during or after the therapy appointment.)