How Many Apps Are in the App Store?

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We all know that the Apple App Store is stocked full of a seemingly limitless number of terrific apps for our Apple devices. But we also know it's not actually limitless. So, have you ever wondered how many apps are in the App Store?

The chart below lists of the total number of apps available in the App Store at various dates in the past. The list is based on Apple announcements, news from Apple and other companies, and estimates from analysts, so the numbers are approximate.

The Total iOS Apps column includes all apps that work on the iPhone, the iPad, iPod touch, or work on all three. The iPad Apps column lists the number of apps that have native iPad versions. The Apple Watch and Apple TV apps columns aren't counted as part of the Total Apps, since they have slightly separate App Stores.

Total iOS
Apps

iPad
Apps

Apple Watch
Apps

Apple TV
Apps

Feb. 2019 - 2,200,000

March 2018 - 2,100,000

May 2017 - 2,200,000

June 2016 - 2,000,000

June 2015 - 1,500,000

Jan. 2015 - 1,400,000

Sept. 2014 - 1,300,000

June 2014 - 1,200,000

Oct. 2013 - 1,000,000

June 2013 - 900,000

Jan. 2013 - 775,000

Sept. 2012 - 700,000

June 2012 - 650,000

April 2012 - 600,000

Oct. 2011 - 500,000

June 2011 - 425,000

March 2011 - 350,000

Nov. 2010 - 400,000

Sept. 2010 - 250,000

June 2010 - 225,000

May 2010 - 200,000

April 2010 - 185,000

Jan. 2010 - 140,000

Nov. 2009 - 100,000

Sept. 2009 - 85,000

July 2009 - 65,000

June 2009 - 50,000

April 2009 - 35,000

March 2009 - 25,000

Sept. 2008 - 3,000

July 2008 - 800

March 2016 - 1,000,000

Jan. 2015 - 725,000

Oct. 2014 - 675,000

Oct. 2013 - 475,000

June 2013 - 375,000

Jan. 2013 - 300,000

Sept. 2012 - 250,000

June 2012 - 225,000

April 2012 - 200,000

Oct. 2011 - 140,000

July 2011 - 100,000

June 2011 - 90,000

March 2011 - 65,000

Nov. 2010 - 40,000

Sept. 2010 - 25,000

June 2010 - 8,500

May 2010 - 5,000

July 2017 - 19,000

Sept. 2015 - 10,000

July 2015 - 8,500

June 2015 - 6,000

Oct. 2016 - 8,000

June 2016 - 6,000

March 2016 - 5,000

There are a few interesting things we can see in this chart:

It's Really Hard to Get Good Numbers

You may have noticed that we have lots of good, detailed data for the early days of these app stores and that the data gets less recent the closer we come to the present. That's because Apple has stopped providing this information as regularly as it once did.

This part of an overall trend with Apple. The company has made a number of decisions in recent years to limit the amount of data it shares with the public. For instance, it used to announce the number of iPhones sold it each quarter. Now it only announces the revenue generated from those sales.

Apple seems to be following that sort of trend with its app stores, preferring to talk about sales and pay-outs to developers rather than total numbers of apps. It may also think that saying there are over 2 million apps is enough — and that that's basically the equivalent of saying you can find anything you want.

There's Some Confusion

Something important that Apple doesn't reveal in these numbers is whether the iPad Apps total includes those that are iPad only or if it represents those that are iPad only and those that have combined iPhone and iPad versions. If it's the second, the total number of iPad-only apps is smaller than what's listed here.

The Explosive Growth of Apps

In the 18 months starting July 2008, when Apple updated the iOS to support native apps, and ending in January 2010, nearly 150,000 apps were released. That's around 275 apps per day. That's an amazing start.

iPad Apps Grew at the Same Pace

You might think that the growth of iPad apps would be faster than iPhone apps, since the App Store ecosystem had been in place for two years and users were comfortable with apps. Not true. The iPad had around 140,000 apps after its first 18 months, just like the iPhone.

The App Store is Shrinking​​ — On Purpose

From 2017 to 2018, the number of iPhone apps in the App Store actually declined. That might seem like a bad sign. That's not necessarily the case. In recent years, Apple introduced new standards to improve the quality of the apps available in the store. Those standards led the company to remove old apps that are no longer compatible with new versions of the iOS, apps that copy other apps, and those that provide tools that aren't needed on the iPhone like antivirus. So, while numbers do sometimes go down, they're doing so while the quality of apps in the store are going up.