Mobile Phones > iPhone & iOS How Many Apps Are in the App Store? by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on February 24, 2020 Tweet Share Email iPhone & iOS Switching from Android In This Article Lack of Specific Data iPad vs. iPhone Versions Fewer Apps on Purpose Early Growth Pace of Growth The Apple App Store offers a seemingly limitless number of terrific apps for our 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 all three. The iPad Apps column lists the number of apps that have specific 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 iOSApps iPadApps Apple WatchApps Apple TVApps Jan. 2020 - 1,800,000Feb. 2019 - 2,200,000March 2018 - 2,100,000May 2017 - 2,200,000June 2016 - 2,000,000June 2015 - 1,500,000Jan. 2015 - 1,400,000Sept. 2014 - 1,300,000June 2014 - 1,200,000Oct. 2013 - 1,000,000June 2013 - 900,000Jan. 2013 - 775,000Sept. 2012 - 700,000June 2012 - 650,000April 2012 - 600,000Oct. 2011 - 500,000June 2011 - 425,000March 2011 - 350,000Nov. 2010 - 400,000Sept. 2010 - 250,000June 2010 - 225,000May 2010 - 200,000April 2010 - 185,000Jan. 2010 - 140,000Nov. 2009 - 100,000Sept. 2009 - 85,000July 2009 - 65,000June 2009 - 50,000April 2009 - 35,000March 2009 - 25,000Sept. 2008 - 3,000July 2008 - 800 March 2016 - 1,000,000Jan. 2015 - 725,000Oct. 2014 - 675,000Oct. 2013 - 475,000June 2013 - 375,000Jan. 2013 - 300,000Sept. 2012 - 250,000June 2012 - 225,000April 2012 - 200,000Oct. 2011 - 140,000July 2011 - 100,000June 2011 - 90,000March 2011 - 65,000Nov. 2010 - 40,000Sept. 2010 - 25,000June 2010 - 8,500May 2010 - 5,000 July 2017 - 19,000Sept. 2015 - 10,000July 2015 - 8,500June 2015 - 6,000 Oct. 2016 - 8,000June 2016 - 6,000March 2016 - 5,000 There are a few interesting things we can see in this chart: It's Really Hard to Get Good Numbers We have lots of good, detailed data for the early days of these app stores. That the data gets less specific and is updated less often the closer we come to the present. That's because Apple has stopped providing this information so regularly. This part of an overall trend with Apple. In recent years, the company has limited the amount and types 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 trend with its app stores, preferring to talk about sales and pay-outs to developers rather than total numbers of available apps. It may also think that saying there are 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 App Store is Shrinking — On Purpose From 2017 to 2020, the number of iPhone apps in the App Store declined. That might seem bad. That's not necessarily the case. In recent years, Apple introduced new standards to improve the quality of the apps available in the store. The company also removed 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. While numbers do sometimes go down, they're dropping while the quality of apps in the store is going up. The Explosive Growth of Apps Apple added support for apps to iOS in July 2008. In the 18 months from then to 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. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up! Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire 3 of the Most Expensive Apps on iTunes The 6 Best Weather Apps for iPhone How to Scan a Barcode on an iPhone What Is iWork for iPad? What Is iPhone iOS? Apple Books App Review The 7 Best Calculator Apps What Is Apple TV? 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