How many apps do Americans keep on their phones on average? Not that many, really

How many apps do Americans keep on their phones on average? Not that many, really
Ever wondered how many apps people in America keep on their smartphones nowdays? In search of the truth, Neumob went and asked 1000 Americans this same question. Here are the results – people aged 18 - 64 generally have somewhere between 6 to 15 downloaded apps in rotation. More specifically, these are apps that they downloaded personally and didn't delete. The survey doesn't cover applications that came pre-loaded on smartphones, or were downloaded and eventually deleted due to poor performance.

Neumob discovered that the chief reason behind deleting an app is slowness. If an app is slow and cumbersome to respond, it gets thrown out immediately. The standards for this are surprisingly high. A separate study done by Aptelligent claimed that the majority of users expect apps to load in maximum 2 seconds or less! No wonder ambitious mobile developers are doing the impossible to keep their products quick and lean. If the app isn't ready to go immediately post-install, it stands no chance at competing.

With tens of different apps being launched every day, and app stores' catalogs numbering 2 to nearly 3 million, it must be more than a little depressing for app developers that most people (in the study) make do with a tight package of essential apps and simply don't care for the vast amount of choices they have. Making it into this compact list of no more than 15 must-haves is a difficult, if not impossible task in a market that's completely saturated and dominated by large companies or household names.

Another interesting takeaway is that iPhones still dominate young people's minds, while folks over 25 go for Androids. Is buying your first Android phone a coming-of-age ritual now? Has rocking a Samsung become a sign of maturity? Deep questions that shall remain for another time. The complete survey data is available in the well-put infographic below, courtesy of Neumob.

However, let's mind the fact that 1000 people is by no means a large sample size. Do not take the data as absolute fact, but as more of a tendency-illuminating insight than a wholly representative study of American smartphone users.


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source: Neumob

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24 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I try not to count icon packs as apps.

2. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Mine is sort of a mini play store itself. Lol

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah always have over 100 app installed on my phone. 30 thats i use often. 70 thats i use to demo great business app to clients.

10. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Lol. Right

20. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

me too and I use maybe 25 on a daily basis, I do use them all but just not as often

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Besides its it clear I wouldn't need that anymore i would delete them because i could re-download them back again when i need them. I have about 50 active apps. Around 10 inactive are bloatware included by Samsung. The one thing i like about my WP is there is zero bloatware because no company bother to include it.

3. Unordinary unregistered

I consider myself an appoholic. Too many great quality apps on the App Store to not have lol

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

There is no low end iphone only mid to mid high end ( pun intended lol ) on android there is a lots of low and medium end android phone. So its normal average app load speed is slower on android.. Example : car have a tendency to be faster than truck lol but on flagship android phone app open as fast if not faster go see youtube speed test.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

please check that infographic again... iOS: 46% apps that load in less than 2 seconds Android: 53% apps that load in less than 2 seconds

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So generally android apps start faster. Eat that sheep

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have 50 downloaded apps lol, but I only use about 12 of them regularly. I do use the others of course, just not everyday.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I have 141 apps installed with about 30 on daily usage

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

199 installed on my S8, including the carriers bloat, google's bloat. I use 20 on a daily. 130 installed on my iP7+...thank god for no bloat and use about 30 on the daily.

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

There is a video that shows that iPhone 7 is much faster than S8 in loading applications. So game is over Techie.

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Of course it is because iOS is faster than Android.

24. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Interesting that you consider Google or Samsung apps on a Samsung phone as bloat, but doesn't consider the equivalent Apple produced apps on your iPhone as bloat. Maybe up should think on it a bit deeper?

11. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I use google apps, gmail, YouTube, maps, play music, photos. I have about 5 other staple apps and occasionally try new ones.

12. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I use google apps, gmail, YouTube, maps, play music, photos. I have about 5 other staple apps and occasionally try new ones.

13. mahima

Posts: 731; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

whatsapp, Zplayer, opera mini, quickpic, instagram, twitter, automatag, adope reader, camscanner, onenote, xender, file manager, snapseed, imo, collage maker, dictionary, gooedreads, arrow launcher, nova launcher, amzon, flipkart and sbi app

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I can't stand to have 2 or more of similar apps. I have total 27 apps including stock apps and anything that show on launcher and none of google apps.

16. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I have about 40 apps that I have installed, not counting some of the standard must-have Google apps that normally come pre-installed but which I had to install myself as I have a Chinese phone. I use most of them although some only occasionally.

19. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i have about 135 apps not including 24 icon packs and 12 zooper themes

22. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

I use only the essentials even if I use my back up Windows phone only app which i miss is my banking app.

23. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

It's no secret that you do get smarter with age and experience, so it's not a big surprise that grown up people buy Samsung.

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