Android users are three times more likely to uninstall a game as their iOS counterparts

According to a new report, Android users are twice as likely to uninstall apps from their devices compared to iOS users.

AppsFlyer has tracked more 20 million app uninstalls between September and October this year. According to its findings, on average, 3 out of 10 apps eventually get uninstalled. That's an interesting finding on its own but once the researchers divided their results by operating system, they came across a major difference.

On average, an Android app is twice as likely to be uninstalled compared to an iOS app. Before diving even further into the data, it's worth pointing out that the obvious reason is also the accurate one in this case. According to AppsFlyer, this big difference is mostly caused by the fact that iPhones and iPads come with more storage space compared to the average Android device.

The same report also highlights that Android users are much more likely to uninstall a mobile game as their iOS counterparts. The stats show that a whopping 43% of Android games get uninstalled later on. iOS users, on the other hand, are much more gentle, showing the virtual door to just 13% of games.

AppsFlyer also found that uninstall rates are at their lowest in the United States. At the opposite end of the spectrum, emerging markets - where low-cost phones are prominent - feature very high uninstall rates. Again, this mostly happens due to US smartphone and tablet users usually having more storage space available on their devices and generally having no need for more severe storage management practices.

source: AppsFlyer

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26 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Interesting that this article appears after the "iOS fails more " article. But great article either way, mihai!

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't know how it matters given this article points out the very obvious. Nothing inflammatory at all from iPA either, which is a surprise.

23. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

ios user dont know how to uninstall em, lol

2. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well yeah, if I install it and don't like it I am going to Uninstall it. And seeing as there are more android devices out there it makes since.

3. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Cheap phones that can barely play a game are more likely to experience "install, realize it plays like crap, uninstall". You don't see this with iPhones unless it's a really old device.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apps seem so much better on iOS than Android. That is a proven fact. The Google app, for example, worked much better on iOS than it did on Android. Even Facebook works better than it does for me on my Nexus 6P. And don't tell me about the mobile site or some of the clones on the playstore because they don't work as well.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"The Google app, for example, worked much better on iOS than it did on Android." Any stats or factual evidence behind that claim?

9. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Why are you posting an article from an hour ago? We all see it in the feed...

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also for the basic users it's also not that clear how to uninstall an app on iOS, its way more clear on how to do it with android

17. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummmm.......hold and delete. How hard is that to understand?

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hold and delete. Not very hard at all. Even a two year old could do it.

5. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Would like to see if this includes paid and unpaid apps. As someone who has recently gone from Android to iPhone (yes, I'm torn, leave me alone), most of the apps that I tried on android are free in Google App store, vs. having a cost in the Apple App store, so I'm less likely to "try them out"

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I second,that ^^ I also wouldn't say that lack of storage is a factor here, as the average Android smartphone have SD Card slots! I think it's mostly due to the fact that there are more fremium apps on Android than on iOS, so installing such apps from the Play Store shouldn't cost a cent, thus giving me the luxury to try out (install) any App I see and uninstall them however I want, without any loss.

18. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I agree with both of you. I commonly hop between the two. The idea of paying for an app that isn't proven (i.e. I can't try it out somewhat without paying) is scary. So I haven't paid for any apps yet (I have owned an iPhone for 6 months now) in the App Store, but I have paid for a number of apps in the Play Store because I liked what I was able to try.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android Games are low quality and mostly SPAM!

25. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Your comment is so flawed it's funny

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Proves ios has better games and that their customers are more satisfied

14. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

MMMM no it doesn't.

13. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I uninstall a game if the ads are too blocking, regardless of how fun that game might be, specially those games where you need to wait certain amount of seconds to skip the ad, as soon as I see the first one I don't even bother, the thing gets uninstalled faster than a sneeze.

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Install an emulator = profit.

22. monoke

Posts: 1174; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Prob cuz they're three times as likely to not have bought them. :/

24. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Not surprising since nearly 99% of new Android smartphones have several unwanted games pre-installed on them. And of course, some games have huge flashing ads covering part of the screen.

26. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Not when games on Google Play are almost ALWAYS worse performers than their iOS counterparts, and when they're even made available and not iOS exclusives, they're ad ridden in-app-ocalypses. I mean, look at Super Phantom Cat, I got it as an Apple Free App of the Week, and it performs great. And there are ZERO ADS OR IN APP PURCHASES. The Google Play version has PLENTY of in ads and app purchases - a lives system, ads after every level, a pay system to get more lives, sheesh!

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