Trust Wallet is Forced to Remove DApp Browser on iOS to Comply With Apple Guidelines

The next Trust Wallet update will include the DApp browser on Android devices, but not on the iPhone.

TWT iOS Compliance

A recent announcement from Trust Wallet confirms that the crypto wallet provider will be removing its DApp browser with its latest update. This change will come so that Trust Wallet can comply with Apple’s App Store guidelines.

Trust Wallet only remains on the App Store minus the DApp browser

Apple Apps

All iOS apps must conform to Apple’s guidelines to receive approval for listing on the App Store. Since DApps by their very nature constitute “code not embedded in the [app] binary,” then they must meet several more criteria to qualify for inclusion in the iOS app. Following regular communication with Apple over the course of the year, Trust Wallet has concluded they would need to drop the DApp browser to continue developing their App. 

Trust Wallet have stated that they are “saddened” by the outcome but “it’s necessary for the future development of our wallet.”

Trust Wallet has already removed DApps from its browser section as an interim step to complying with Apple. DApps can still be found manually with the aid of a web browser. When the next release of the Trust Wallet iOS removes the DApp browser fully it should still be possible to follow this step. Users who have assets or collectibles within DApps should still be able to access them using their private keys. Trust Wallet is a non-custodial wallet, and only provides access to an individual’s assets rather than storing them. For this reason funds and anything else should remain SAFU.

To help iOS users adjust to the change, Trust Wallet suggests accessing DApps via WalletConnect using this guide and Safari browser.

Why Apple Removes Apps

The removal of Trust Wallet’s DApp browser is a symptom of a greater issue with centralized App Stores such as Apple Store and Google Play. In 2020, Apple rejected more than 1 million new apps. While many of these rejected apps can be dismissed as scams, malware or copycats, there are instances of these players using their app stores in anti-competitive practices. For centralized players such as Apple, decentralization is a potential loss of control and a risk they are simply not willing to take.

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