Average App Conversion Rate per Category [2022]

Sukanya Sur by
Content Marketing Specialist

Last updated: 7 min read

Most app developers and marketers refer to conversion rate (CVR) as the proportion of store visitors that download your app after viewing its page – as a key ASO metric to monitor. With AppTweak’s Conversion Rate Benchmark feature, you can easily find out the average conversion rates of apps in any category on the App Store and/or on Google Play.

For the App Store, you should also consider your install rate, that is the proportion of store visitors who download your app after seeing it elsewhere in the store. Unlike on Google Play, visitors on the App Store can download apps directly from search or browse results. As a result, the install rate demonstrates how well your app stands out in search and browse results.

In 2022, AppTweak found that the average conversion rate across categories in the US was 31% on the App Store and 33% on Google Play. The average install rate across all categories on the App Store was 4%.

Conversion rates and install rates vary widely between the different categories. In this blog, we provide the conversion rates and install rates (iOS only) of each major app category on the US App Store and Google Play Store. These insights are valuable in helping you choose the most relevant category that has the maximum potential to drive downloads to your app.

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Conversion rate metrics on the App Store and Google Play

There are two metrics you should consider when analyzing your app store conversion rate:

  • Conversion Rate (App Unit/Page Views): The percentage of users who download your app after viewing its page. This metric is used across the ASO community when referring to app store conversion rates. It can give you an idea of how well your app page convinces users to download your app.
  • Install Rate (App Unit/Impressions): The percentage of users who download your app directly from the app store search or browse results, without clicking through to your app page. The install rate tells you how well your app stands out in the app store search/browse results.

Note: The App Unit is the number of first-time app downloads made on the App Store (including both paid and free apps). Furthermore, on the App Store, it is possible to have a conversion rate greater than 100%. In this case, the number of first-time installs would exceed the number of app page views. This would indicate that most people download your app directly from the search or browse results, without visiting your app page first.

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How to find app store conversion rate benchmarks on AppTweak

Thanks to our Conversion Rate Benchmarks feature, we can provide you with the average conversion rates per store, category, country, and channel.

On AppTweak, you can see average app conversion rates for each store, category, country, and channel. The first column shows the Click-Through Rate (page views/impressions); the second column shows the Conversion Rate (app units/page views); and the third column shows the Install Rate (app units/impressions).

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Average app conversion rate on the App Store

In 2022, the average conversion rate in the US App Store was 31%. However, this figure fluctuated greatly between categories and should therefore be handled with caution. For instance, the highest average conversion rate was observed in the Weather category, with an average CVR of 86%. On the other hand, we saw the lowest average conversion rate in the Games (Card) category, with an average CVR of 2.9%.

The average conversion rate on the US App Store was 31%. However, this metric varied widely between different categories. Source: https://www.apptweak.com/en (2022).

Category Average Conversion Rate (US App Store)
Weather 86%
Games – Trivia 79.9%
Books 74.2%
Photo & Video 65.9%
Utilities 61%
Navigation 58.2%
Productivity 57.3%
Games – Music 55.8%
Reference 52.6%
Shopping 49.5%
Health & Fitness 43.1%
Travel 42.2%
Business 39.4%
Lifestyle 37%
Magazines & Newspapers 34.1%
News 31.3%
Food & Drink 31.2%
Social Networking 30.1%
Music 29%
Games – Racing 27.7%
Education 24.4%
Medical 23.4%
Sports 20.1%
Finance 19.6%
Games – Sports 18.6%
Games – Adventure 13.4%
Entertainment 12.2%
Games – Simulation 12%
Games – Casual 9.6%
Games – Action 8.8%
Games – Strategy 8.5%
Games 8%
Games – Role Playing 6.5%
Games – Casino 6.5%
Games – Family 5.3%
Games – Word 5%
Games – Puzzle 4.1%
Games – Board 4.1%
Games – Card 2.9%
AVERAGE 31%

Average app conversion rate on Google Play

In 2022, the average conversion rate on the US Google Play was 32.7% and thus higher than the average CVR on the App Store (31%). The Travel and Local category had the highest average CVR of 60.2%, while the Lifestyle category had an average CVR of only 10.8% on Google Play.

The average conversion rate on Google Play in the US was 32.7%. However, this metric varied widely between different categories. Source: https://www.apptweak.com/en (2022).

Category Average Conversion Rate (US Google Play)
Travel and Local 60.2%
House & Home 52.6%
Games – Music 51.2%
Social 50.8%
Maps & Navigation 49.4%
Books & Reference 47.8%
Business 43.8%
Shopping 42.3%
Education 42.2%
Games – Educational 41.8%
Auto & Vehicles 41.6%
Sports 41.4%
Transportation 40.8%
Tools 40.8%
Productivity 40.0%
Health & Fitness 39.7%
Dating 37.9%
Games – Word 37.5%
Communication 37.1%
Weather 35.7%
Photography 35.2%
Entertainment 35.1%
Music & Audio 34.5%
Finance 33.7%
Parenting 30.8%
Medical 30.4%
Video Players 30.3%
Games – Trivia 29.8%
Games – Racing 28.7%
Games – Card 26.7%
Games – Role Playing 26.4%
Games – Board 25.9%
Events 25.4%
Games – Simulation 25.2%
Games – Sports 25.1%
Art & Design 24.1%
Personalization 23.6%
Games – Arcade 22.4%
Games – Action 21.7%
Games – Adventure 21.1%
Games – Casual 21.0%
Games – Casino 20.6%
Food & Drink 20.1%
Games – Puzzle 19.9%
News & Magazines 19.7%
Beauty 14.5%
Games – Strategy 14.5%
Lifestyle 10.8%
AVERAGE 32.7%

Average app install rate on the App Store

In 2022, the average install rate on the US App Store was 4%. On average, 4% of users downloaded apps after seeing them in App Store search or browse results.

The install rate can vary between categories. From search or browse results, apps in the Reference category converted store visitors at the highest rate of 10.3%, while apps in the Games (Board) category had the lowest install rate of 0.8%.

The average app install rate on the US App Store was 4%. However, this metric varied widely between different categories. Source: https://www.apptweak.com/en (2022).

Category Average Install Rate (US App Store)
Reference 10.3%
Travel 8.5%
Navigation 7.9%
Lifestyle 7.8%
Shopping 7.8%
Utilities 7.4%
Productivity 7.4%
Games – Trivia 6.9%
Books 6.7%
Food & Drink 6.3%
Music 5.4%
Health & Fitness 5.2%
Photo & Video 4.8%
News 4.7%
Social Networking 4.3%
Business 4.2%
Games – Music 3.9%
Games – Casino 3.8%
Weather 3.8%
Finance 3.4%
Sports 3.1%
Education 2.5%
Medical 2.4%
Games – Casual 2.4%
Games – Racing 2.2%
Magazines & Newspapers 2.1%
Games – Sports 2.1%
Entertainment 2%
Games – Adventure 1.9%
Games – Card 1.7%
Games – Puzzle 1.7%
Games 1.6%
Games – Action 1.6%
Games – Word 1.5%
Games – Simulation 1.5%
Games – Family 1.5%
Games – Role Playing 1.3%
Games – Strategy 1.2%
Games – Board 0.8%
AVERAGE 4.0%

TLDR

What were the average conversion rates and install rates on the App Store and Google Play in 2022?

  • The average conversion rate (CVR) across all categories on the US App Store was 31%.
  • The average CVR across all categories on the US Google Play was 33%.
  • The average install rate across all categories on the US App Store was 4%.
  • Conversion rates and install rates varied greatly between categories.
  • On the App Store, the Weather category had the highest CVR (86%) and the Games (Card) category had the lowest (2.9%).
  • On Google Play, the Travel and Local category had the highest CVR (60.2%) and the Lifestyle category had the lowest (10.8%).
  • On the App Store, the Reference category had the highest install rate (10.3%) and the Games (Board) category had the lowest (0.8%).

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Sukanya Sur
by , Content Marketing Specialist
Sukanya is a Content Marketing Specialist at AppTweak, creating intriguing content for app marketers. She delights in storytelling and is always game for an adventure.