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How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Yaara Lancet 21-04-2013

How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll] pollsLast week we asked if you would consider shutting off your cell phone for a whole day. I must say, I was surprised at the outcome of this poll. In an era so dominated by technology and Internet, you’d think people would be more attached to their phones. Let’s take a look at how the vote turned out.


Out of 376 votes in total, 9% said they’d like to shut off their phone but they use it for work, 17% would not consider shutting off their phone, 29% find the idea appealing, and a surprising 45% say they already do it! Do you believe it?

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Chris Marcoe, who won 150 reward points for his contribution! In general, I recommend checking out this poll’s comments for some interesting insights and explanations.

How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll] poll results april 20

This week’s poll question is: How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

The average number of apps for an iPhone user is around 40. For Android, the number is slightly lower, averaging at around 30. These are just averages, though. I personally know people who have over 100 apps installed, and others than don’t have more than 10.

There are also other smartphones around other than the ever-mentioned iPhone and Android; how about Windows Phone users? What about Blackberry? And let’s not forget that app-less feature phones are still pretty abundant. Where are you on the app graph? Unfortunately, the poll will not give us a real average for MakeUseOf readers, but it will give us a glimpse into your mobile habits.

Feel free to give us a more accurate number in the comments. If enough of you give precise number, I promise to calculate an average and publish it next week. Don’t forget to mention which phone and OS you use!

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  1. Jerry
    January 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

    472 apps and still looking for a truly great app for travel for an expedition where you have a bunch of people and gear to manage. And one for goals and tasks. I have several, just none that are really good at that.

    • Matty V
      February 17, 2015 at 3:27 am

      A good application for task managing is!! Hope that helps :)

  2. Andrew Yen
    July 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    769 apps and counting...

    • Jerry
      January 10, 2015 at 12:45 am

      What five apps do you use most often? Have you found any really clever ones?

  3. David R
    April 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I'm an old guy (age 77). I expected I would use my smartphone (iPhone 4) to make telephone calls. Wrong! My grandkids will respond to text messages, so I keep in touch with them. I dictate messages on the Dragon app; I read books on my Kindle app; I listen to books on my Audible app; I send photos of local flowers to family and friends; I record my blood pressure in my Capzule PHR app, keep passwords on SplashID, shopping lists on Splash Shopr, watch movies on Netflix, "To Do" lists on WorkFlowy, I save interesting web pages into Pocket to read later, etc. etc. There may be a few of my 85 apps that I don't use, but they are on the phone if I need them!

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 25, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Awesome!!! :D

  4. Ron
    April 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    176. IPhone 4S, iOS 6.1.3

  5. Rick
    April 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Depending on what really counts as an app, and what is part of the OS, I have about 63 total on my Android. I use 36 of these either daily or weekly, 15 more of them less frequently, and there are 12 built in, unremovable apps I never use sucking up space.

  6. Bob W
    April 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    315 apps on the phone 5

  7. Harshit J
    April 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I have 39 apps installed. The most used ones are Ymail, Taptu, Firefox, Vector and Jango radio.
    The other apps are just used occasionally when there is any need.

  8. Ajith Sen
    April 23, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I've 102 apps (including system apps) on my CanvasHD which I bought two weeks back. I use about 20 of them regularly, ie on a daily basis and use the rest of them occasionally. The number will definitely increase on coming days since I had installed 150+ apps on my Nexus One and would have installed more if had more space.

  9. Rajaa Chowdhury
    April 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

    At one point I had around 150 apps installed on my android smartphone. Then I did a factory reset recently and now I have around 15 apps installed and hope to keep it that way for peace of mind and manageability. On hindsight, I only actually need these 15 apps and no more, earlier it was a overkill and lot of apps were lost, I hope you understand what I mean, just installed and lying there and totally ignored.

  10. Eluwa Michael
    April 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I have 42 installed apps on my rooted LG L3 E405 running on 8gig external card, with useful applications like whatsapp ,seeder, Exotic colors, Blackmart etc. I also love playing games like Pes 2012, Temple run2, Battle field Bad Company 2, ShadowGun, RangingThunder etc, all are installed and are powered by my directory bind.

  11. Krysia B
    April 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    59 - that does include some system apps. I have about a dozen that I use very regularly.

  12. Marianne Martin
    April 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I just counted my apps and I have 104! I have got to quit looking at apps everyday. I think I am turning into an app junkie. I have a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G.

  13. harkirat
    April 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    About 400 apps , iphone 5 with 16gb, But I use almost 10 to 15 daily, others are just present there in case I need them.

  14. harkirat
    April 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm


  15. Phil C
    April 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    84 apps - Samsung Galaxy S3 with 32 gb internal memory - Android

  16. null
    April 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I guessed about 20, and then generated a list of installed apps. 70. Shows what I know.

  17. Prafulla Bhalde
    April 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Are we counting the preinstalled apps that come with the phone?
    or just the ones that we have downloaded ourselves?

    Can't give meaningful reply till the poll is clear.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

      It doesn't really matter, to be honest. You can count the ones that came with your phone as well. :)

  18. Samuel Almeida
    April 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    As of this moment, I have 56 on my iPhone 4 (I'm not sure if the default 'apps' are included on this list). Anyway, to be honest, I only use about half with some regularity:

    I'm truly amazed by some of the numbers I've seen. 200, 300, 400+ apps? Seriously?

    I'm sensing a little bit of app-hoarding here. Of course every person will have their own reasons for so many apps, but I can't help but feel that there's a lot of that 'someday I'll need this.' Yeah, that could be true. But then there are those times that you've got 3 or 4 folders with different photo apps, where the only difference is two or three filters. Or the news apps, where you have all imaginable newspaper/tv station app installed...

    Bottom of the line, it's just a little too much for me, but I have noting against others who feel the opposite.

  19. Steven M
    April 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    According to Titanium Backup app I have 328 apps on my Android Droid Razr Maxx running JB 4.2

  20. Vipul Jain
    April 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Well I don't have a number but it's definitely 50+ (got 5 pages of apps in a 4x4 grid).
    I recently purchased the olden goldie SGS2, and if I had to just make some calls and text I wouldn't have spent that much money on it.
    Once you get a smartphone, you tend to "appify" your work.

    For example, I used to keep a small notepad to keep track of my expenditure and anything important during the day. Now I use Google Keep.
    Or I used to just memorize the lyrics of a nice new song I'd hear on my way and search google for the lyrics when I get home, now I've got Shazam to do that.
    Example are endless!

    You slowly discover more & more useful apps that you can work with. And so goes for the games, you just can't get enough with 1. I currently have 20+ games installed which I play depending on time available and situation.

    Example if I'm just lying in my bed, I can play Riptide GP or NFS, but if I'm at an appointment, I'd choose a quickie like 7 Little words or maybe Super Hexagon.. :D

  21. David Oroszi
    April 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Although not an iPhone my iPod Touch can send and receive wi-fi enabled calls as well as Face Time and sms texting and also use it to listen to music and news so I really consider it a communication device like an iPhone. And like most iPhone users I use it extensively.

    App wise; I'm not much of a game person with only a few like Real Racing 2&3 and a few Pin ball games. I do aggressively seek out apps that are more in the productivity category. I like evaluating their features and keep the cream of the crop. These include photography, video, audio, design, filters, drawing, painting and utilities to name a few. Because of memory limitations I often have to trash less used apps to make room for new or large updated ones. To date I have 385 apps which I'm finding to be close to my limit.

  22. alan
    April 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    271 on iPhone4, running iOS 6.1.3

  23. Anthony Baptiste
    April 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    276 not counting system apps

  24. Scott M
    April 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I have about 150.I play with most of them at most once a week.I rely on about 15 that are useful for me.Map,weather,stock market,Email,twitter,alarms,news aggregating,calculator,calender,,flashlight,internet search,music,and office are the most useful to me.

  25. gizmo401
    April 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

    306 but i only use like 2 of them.

  26. Nevzat A
    April 22, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I used to install all the good apps that I consider "I'll definitely use this some day" but my phone/tablet became very slow, the reason for this is unfortunately many apps still load at the background even if you never use it, it's the "achilles tendone" of android :(

  27. null
    April 22, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I have about 120 apps, but that's only because I have a 16 gig iPhone 4, and some of my apps take up several hundred megabytes. I have almost no games now, because they are too big. Next phone will definitely have to have more space, because I could really use some more apps. ;-)

  28. Mitzumi Kare
    April 22, 2013 at 1:24 am

    About 67 or so but I only use about 20 on a regular basis on my LG Motion. Mind you a chunk of that is apps I can't remove [I haven't rooted my phone yet] or have that are not useful at the moment [Where's my Droid for one]. I want more like games [I get bored really easily] and productivity apps to make it so I can get off my computer and sit on my bed instead of sitting at a desk into the wee hours of the morning but alas, that shall wait until I get a tablet- hopefully for xmas.

  29. TalkingBee
    April 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Ouch.. I only have 2 installed apps. Well, I use my phone for calling... not for playing and I am happy if I turn it off in the evenings.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

      WOW!!! That's called heavenly bliss in modern world. Congrats!!! :)

  30. Roger Gardiner
    April 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I have 173 apps on my phone which does not seem like a lot looking at others.

  31. Shaila
    April 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm


  32. Réy Aétar
    April 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    using nokia c7 though old but has almost all usefull apps from the store and from outside the store nd none are useless i need them all in sometime or the other

  33. Tienie de Coning
    April 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I have between 11 and 20 apps on my Samsung Galaxy Pocket. It slows down if you load too many apps and I have found that lots of apps (9GAG for example) can be replaced with a favourite in my browser.

    My favourite games are Hill Climb Racing and Robo Miner, and the app that I probably use the most if Gmail.

  34. Tim
    April 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    416... But I could remove 5 or 6...

    • Austin H
      April 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Seriously? That is crazy! How many would you say you use day to day? And are they the same apps that you use daily or just a ton of specialty apps?

    • Austin H
      April 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      I have about 63, not including the ones Apple won't let me remove. I can honestly say that I use almost every one at least once or twice a month, though, so that's a plus I guess.

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