In total how many health apps are there in the iOS and Android App Stores?
Hello! Thanks for your question about the number of health apps on the iOS and Android App Stores. The short version is that industry estimates put the total number of mobile health (mHealth) apps on the iOS and Android App Stores at around 231,000. Below you will find a deep dive of my findings. I personally loved researching this topic because of my background in health economics.
To get to the bottom of your request, I searched through various corporate websites, industry reports and trusted media sources.
A 2016 report from a Berlin-based mHealth consulting firm estimates that 105,000 and 126,000 mHealth apps are available on Android and iOS, respectively. Combined, the two major platforms offer consumers a total of 231,000 mobile health apps (105,000 + 126,000). When apps from other major stores are included, this estimate increases to 259,000.
Mobile health apps are on the rise. In 2015, 100,000 new mobile apps were added to major app stores. Unfortunately, this surge in growth has not been met with equal growth in demand. Mobile health app downloads only increased by 7% in 2016, down from 35% the previous year.
According to the same report, "The number of companies publishing mHealth apps has increased to an extent which exceeds the growth rate of app downloads. There are currently 58,000 mHealth app publishers active in the market."
Mobile health apps fall into several different categories, including fitness & workout trackers; cooking & recipes; stress relief; hiking & walking; diet comparisons; and women's health. Among the top apps available on the iOS App store (in terms of downloads), the majority focus on exercise and fitness, followed by diet tracking and stress relief.
To wrap it up, there are about 231,000 health apps available on the iOS and Android App Stores and this number is growing. Thanks for using Wonder! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!