About the Airbnb App
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For Airbnb Guests
- The app allows users to explore Airbnb's inventory. Those looking for accommodation can save and share their favorite listings, making it easy to tag those that standout for future stays.
- For users lacking inspiration, the app suggests popular destinations to explore.
- Airbnb's wishlists, like 'Homes of Famous Authors' and 'Handmade Homes' make it easy for guests to review exceptional listings.
- Hi-res photos enhance the visual experience.
- Read other guests' reviews to help select the best rental.
- Like the desktop site, the app allows users to conduct a traditional search, where they'll be prompted to enter in a destination and dates.
- Users can also choose to search via a map, a helpful tool for those looking to rent in a specific neighborhood or near a landmark. The map feature is available on both phone and tablet.
- With last-minute, short-term accommodation available as well as long-term sublets, Airbnb satisfies a variety of accommodation needs.
- Guests can book homestay style accommodation, where the host is present, or completely private spaces, including modern urban apartments, beach villas, and treehouses.
The app makes communication easy. Guests and hosts can message each other within the app while on-the-go, away from their computer.
For Airbnb Hosts
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- The app features 'Host Home', a tool designated to support hosts. Through 'Host Home', hosts can request Airbnb's complimentary professional photography services and also access the host forum, which connects new hosts with others, to support their learning.
- Property owners can list and manage their space, whether a private room or an entire unit, directly from their mobile device using the Airbnb app.
- The management feature allows hosts to update their calendar and approve or decline booking requests on-the-go.
Operating System Compatibility
The Airbnb app is available for both phone and tablet devices.
Although the Airbnb app has been available for years on phone, it was not until the end of April 2015 that the app for tablet was released.
Airbnb Android App
- Payment: Google Wallet
- Size: Depends on the device
- Minimum Operating System: Android 4.1
- Rating: Rated 4+ Stars
- Approximate Download Time: Less than 2 minutes
- Installs: 5 to 10 million
Airbnb iPhone and iPad App
Version 1.0 was released November, 2010. The latest version is 12.0.
What's new in Version 12.0?
With improved navigation and search, users can more quickly browse wishlists and search for the perfect accommodation. An important bug fix allows for the app to properly display in Chinese.
Buzz About the Airbnb App
Airbnb launched new apps for Android and iOS tablets April 29th, 2015. According to Airbnb's site, "the new cinematic feel makes the experience of researching your next adventure as beautiful as reading that glossy magazine".
Airbnb's head of design Alex Schleifer revealed, "Our tablet apps were inspired by the elegance of magazines and coffee table books and we tried to instill some of that lean-back feeling as we thought about how to make the experience unique. Designing for a new platform allowed us to think much more broadly than simply scaling a mobile phone app to a larger screen, and, as a result, you can now efficiently explore listings around the world while enjoying a rich, inspiring experience."