Mobile Apps Usage – Statistics And Trends

No matter what you need, there’s a mobile app for it. Whether it’s online shopping, downloading content, checking the weather or comparing product reviews, there’s an app for it. With so many mobile apps around, there seems hardly any need to turn on one’s desktop at all. No wonder people around the world spend more time with their mobiles than with their desktops or any other device! Did you know that mobile apps now account for more than half (52%) of all the time spent on online digital media? Not at all surprising, we say. Check out our infographic, “Mobile Apps Usage – Statistics And Trends” for more such curious facts about how people are using mobile apps around the world.

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Mobile Apps Now account for more than Half (52%) of All Time Spent on Digital Media

Smartphone users spent 89% of their mobile media time using mobile apps.

42% of all mobile sales generated by the leading 500 merchants came from mobile apps

Estimated Worldwide Mobile App Revenues

Years Revenues ( in Billions USD)
2014 35
2015 45
2016 58
2017 77


Mobile App Usage By Age And Number Of Apps

Age Number of apps Time Spent per month ( HH : MM)
18-24 28.0 37:06
25-34 29.5 35:40
35-44 29.3 33:57
45-54 25.8 25:26
55+ 22.0 21:21


Estimated Monthly Usage Of Mobile Apps And Mobile Web

Monthly Usage Mobile apps Mobile Web
Men 29 hours 32 minutes 3 hours 45 minutes
Women 30 hours 58 minutes 3 hours 46 minutes


The average time people spend on their apps is increased by 21% over the last year

Percentage Of Time Spent On Mobile Apps (By App Types)

App Type %age
Games 43%
Social Networking 26%
Entertainment 10%
Utilities 10%
News 2%
Productivity 2%
Health & Fitness 1%
Lifestyle 1%
Others 5%


85% of people prefer native mobile apps to mobile websites

Fastest Growing Mobile App Categories (By Time Spent)

App Type Increase in Time Spent
Music 79%
Health & Fitness 51%
Social Networking 49%
Travel 28%
Entertainment 22%
Sports 16%
Games 15%
News 14%


The percentage of mobile apps used only once shrunk to 20%, improving from 22% from last year

The percentage of apps used 11 or more times increased to 39% in 2014

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