App Download Data (2022)

Mansoor Iqbal

Updated: January 11, 2022

The iOS App Store launched in 2008 with 500 apps. Today, 1.85 million different apps are available for users to download. Android users have even more from which to choose, with 2.56 million available through the Google Play Store.

These apps have come to play a huge role in the way we live our lives today. Through them, we can access pretty much the entire Western canon of music (and much beyond it too), meet romantic partners, and manage our diaries, documentation, and payments. Augmented reality apps are changing the way we interact with the world, and mobile gaming now accounts for lion’s share of games industry revenue.

Apps have also played a part during the coronavirus pandemic that has shaped 2020, helping to facilitate social distancing and contact tracing for example. And that is not to mention the crucial role they’ve played in allowing us to keep in touch with distant friends, family, and colleagues.

The market for these apps is about as big as they come. It is estimated that the global number of smartphone users will rise to 3.5 billion over the course of 2020. If we looked at it in terms of devices, there are more connected mobile devices in the world (7.94 billion) than there are people.

These devices are approaching ubiquity in advanced economies, among which median penetration levels stand at 76% of adults. In South Korea, a stunning 95% of adults own a smartphone.

Emerging economies are catching up. Brazil and South Africa already log penetration levels of 60%, while India’s lower figure of 24% still represents hundreds of millions of users.

These figures are growing every year, and along with it, the market for mobile apps. In the below report, we have gathered specific data relating to app downloads and usage. These are intended to give us a better idea of just how many apps are being downloaded every year, which of these are most popular, and how they are being used.

We have collected data and statistics on iOS and Android app downloads. Read on below to find out more.

App download key statistics

  • 142.9 billion apps and games were downloaded in 2020
  • 56.1 billion of those downloads were games, 86.7 billion were apps
  • Google Play was responsible for 108.5 billion downloads in 2020, iOS had 34.4 billion downloads

App and game downloads

Annual app and game downloads

Year App downloads
2015 64.4 billion
2016 78.4 billion
2017 95.1 billion
2018 105.2 billion
2019 115.1 billion
2020 142.9 billion

iOS App and game downloads

Annual iOS app and game downloads

Year App downloads
2015 22 billion
2016 25.5 billion
2017 27.8 billion
2018 29.7 billion
2019 30.6 billion
2020 34.4 billion

Google Play App and game downloads

Annual Google Play app and game downloads

Year App downloads
2015 42.4 billion
2016 52.9 billion
2017 67.3 billion
2018 75.5 billion
2019 84.5 billion
2020 108.5 billion

Game downloads

Annual game downloads

Year Game downloads
2015 24.3 billion
2016 27.9 billion
2017 34.7 billion
2018 38.4 billion
2019 42.1 billion
2020 56.1 billion

iOS Game downloads

Annual iOS game downloads

Year Game downloads
2015 6.6 billion
2016 7.7 billion
2017 8.3 billion
2018 8.9 billion
2019 9.2 billion
2020 10.1 billion

Google Play Game downloads

Annual Google Play game downloads

Year Game downloads
2015 17.7 billion
2016 20.2 billion
2017 26.4 billion
2018 29.5 billion
2019 32.9 billion
2020 46 billion

App downloads

Annual Google Play app downloads

Year App downloads
2015 40 billion
2016 50.4 billion
2017 60.3 billion
2018 66.7 billion
2019 72.9 billion
2020 86.7 billion

iOS app downloads

Annual iOS app downloads

Year App downloads
2015 15.3 billion
2016 17.7 billion
2017 19.4 billion
2018 20.7 billion
2019 21.3 billion
2020 24.3 billion

Google Play app downloads

Annual Google Play app downloads

Year App downloads
2015 24.6 billion
2016 32.6 billion
2017 40.8 billion
2018 45.9 billion
2019 51.5 billion
2020 62.4 billion

Downloads by country

Country Number of downloads
China 96.2 billion
India 24.2 billion
US 13.3 billion
Brazil 10.1 billion
Indonesia 6.3 billion
Russia 5.5 billion

Source: App Annie

Hours spent by country

Country Hours spent
China 1153.5 billion
India 650.6 billion
Brazil 183.6 billion
US 176.3 billion
Indonesia 127 billion
Mexico 98.8 billion

Source: App Annie

App usage by age

Age Monthly hours spent on apps
18-24 112.6
25-34 102.4
35-44 93.6
45-54 75.6
55-64 69.3
65+ 51.4

Source: Simform

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