Spain has a very high rate of smartphone usage with nearly 90 percent of the population being active users. Revenue has also grown by more than $300 million in the three years between 2019 and 2022 as the market shows signs of resilience post-coronavirus restrictions.
Spanish smartphone users aged 16-64 spent an average of just under three hours each day accessing the internet on mobile devices, according to DataReportal.
Spain has one of the largest economies in the app sector in Europe based on total employment, which reached 159,000 jobs in 2021. The growth in the app sector is in contrast to the wider economic fall in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, and as Spain’s economy recovers it can be expected that the app market will continue to strengthen.
Some app publishers have begun to reflect the movement to promote other languages spoken in Spain, particularly Catalan, Basque and Galician. In June 2023, Google Maps announced it would release voice navigation in Catalan and in 2022, FC Barcelona and Spotify jointly confirmed Catalan would be available on the music app. Basque was added to Google Translate software in February 2023, which also includes Galician and Catalan.
Spain’s longstanding restrictions on ride-hailing platforms have been challenged by the European Court of Justice, which ruled in June 2023 that Barcelona’s ratio of licenses given to traditional and ride-hailing drivers was unlawful. However, regional authorities are able to require additional criteria for the licenses of private-hire car drivers, to limit the number of ride-hailing drivers.
Growing attention is being paid to the development of all-in-one superapps, which would offer banking, shopping and task services. A survey found 44 percent of Spanish respondents were interested in the prospects of an everyday app, although many were concerned about data security.
We have collected data and statistics on the Spanish mobile app market. Read on below to find out more.
Key Spain App Market Statistics
- The Spanish app market generated $806.2 million in revenue in 2022, an increase from $558 million pre-pandemic
- Disney+ was the top-grossing app in Spain in 2022 earning $9.5 million
- There were 41.8 active smartphone users in Spain in January 2023, up from 40.5 million the year before
- Stumble Guys was the most downloaded app in Spain in 2022 with 5.5 million downloads
- Apps were downloaded 1.9 billion times in Spain in 2022, up from 1.2 billion in 2019
Spain App Market Revenue
The Spanish app market earned $806.2 million in 2022, up from $784.5 million the previous year for an average per-user spend of $19.30.
Spain app market annual revenue 2019 to 2022 ($bn)
Spain consumer spend per user 2019 to 2022 ($)
Spain App Market Revenue by App
Disney+ was the top-grossing app in Spain in 2022, earning $9.5 million. TikTok and Tinder followed with $8.8 million and $8.1 million respectively.
Spain revenue by app 2022 ($mm)
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Spain Smartphone Users
The number of smartphone users in Spain has grown from 38.5 million in 2020 to 41.8 million in January 2023.
Annual Spain smartphone users 2015 to 2023 (mm)
Spain Smartphone Population
More than four-fifths of the Spanish population are active smartphone users, reaching 87.9% in January 2023.
Spain population smartphone usage 2015 to 2023 (%)
Spain App Market Downloads
Apps were downloaded 1.9 billion times in 2022, up from 1.7 billion the year before. On average, each user downloaded 45.5 apps.
Spain app downloads 2017 to 2022 (mm)
Spain downloads per user 2017 to 2022
Spain App Market Downloads by App
With 5.5 million downloads, Stumble Guys was the most downloaded app in Spain in 2022. Shein followed with 4.7 million downloads then signature service Cl@ve with 4 million.
Spain downloads by app 2022 (mm)