Popular developer promo code tool Tokens is back. Say hello to Tokens 2.

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What you need to know

  • The original Tokens was a great app for developers who needed to share promo codes.
  • The app fell to the wayside, but now it's back.
  • Tokens 2 is available to developers now.

I know plenty of developers who made extensive use of Tokens back in the day, an app that made it easier to manage promo codes for apps. Rene Ritchie write about it back in 2013, but it's languished in recent years. Now it's back – say hello to Tokens 2.

The idea behind Tokens 2 is a simple one. Developers need to be able to share promo codes for their apps so people can try them out for free. Promo codes are sent to people like me, but there are other ways they can be used – like promotional giveaways and whatnot. That means developers need an easy way to generate and track codes, and App Store Connect isn't it.

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Use Tokens like a pro

  • Customer support. Users contacting support don't need even more confusion. Tokens is a simple, feel-good way to resolve any case.
  • PR magic. Send codes to journalists, bloggers, and influencers. You'll see when they redeem and start falling in love with your apps.
  • Giveaways. App raffles are a fantastic way to connect with your fan base. Post a link from Tokens and it'll handle the distro automatically.

Tokens 2 is available now for macOS Catalina and later and developers can take it for a spin for free. There are annual and monthly subscription options available after that.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.