The Physical Web is an open approach to enable quick and seamless interactions with physical objects and locations.

Hyper-local access to anything from your phone.

It enables you to see a list of URLs being broadcast by objects in the environment around you. Any object can be embedded with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon, which is a low powered, battery efficient device that broadcasts content over Bluetooth.

The Physical Web Association is a non-profit organization founded to steward the future of the Physical Web.

Welcome to the next generation of the Physical Web!
The purpose of this App is to help you find things you are near that you might not be able to see in a privacy focused manner.

The Physical Web represents the convergence of the digital and physical worlds. It is a transformative technology, enabling a decentralized, open source, and public interests safeguarding while protecting our consumer privacy.

The mission of the association is for the Physical Web to be an open standard that will eventually be built into the OS of every smartphone and tablet.

What’s New

Version 2.1.0

As the end of 2019 is nearly here, this new version of Physical Web is about [faster], [cleaner] code, and [new] options.
Version 2.1 is primarily about providing and establishing an updated code foundation to build the next wave of long-awaited features while providing the first unified experience across mobile platforms.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Aidan W N ,

Extremely Innovative and Much Potential

I just got this app and I can already tell this technology has a lot of potential. It is such a simple idea but has so many practical uses. Can't wait to see what types of utilization people come up with!

Theiultron066 ,

The possibly

I'm a physical web geek!!!



After updating to the new version we noticed a couple of things:

1. There’s a PHWA/Legacy MDS switch in settings. What’s annoying is after choosing legacy it defaults to PHWA regardless. What’s the point of giving us a choice if we can’t save the setting?

2. The PHWA setting doesn’t show icons from beacons. If we need to redo anything on our server in order for icons to show, it would be nice to know what needs to be done on our end.

This “community run” setting may seem to be self explanatory but it would be great there was an explanation given as to exactly what the differences are...


Physical Web Association
6.3 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Unrestricted Web Access
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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