App Annie: Consumers spent a record breaking $170 billion on apps in 2021

Mobile continues to dominate as consumers spent a record 3.8 trillion hours on mobile in 2021, according to mobile data and analytics company, App Annie.

The company has revealed the major trends on how the world continues to move toward mobile in its State of Mobile 2022 report.

2021 was record-breaking as consumers continue to embrace a mobile lifestyle. In the top 10 mobile markets, a staggering 4.8 hours a day were spent on mobile. Consumers spent $170 billion on apps, which is up 19% from last year. Downloads continue growing at 5% year over year to reach 230 billion.

Additional findings include:

  • Publishers released 2 million new apps and games, bringing the cumulative total to 21 million
  • Despite IDFA, advertising spend topped $295 billion, up 23% year over year, and is estimated to top $350 billion next year
  • Mobile gaming grew to $116 billion an increase of 15%, fueled by preference to hyper-casual
  • Apps earning more than $100 million in consumer spend grew by 20%
  • Led by TikTok (increase of 90% globally outside of China), 7 of every 10 minutes was spent on either social, photo and/or video apps
  • Worldwide consumer spend on dating apps surged past $4.2 billion (55% increase from 2019)
  • Time in shopping apps reached 100 billion hours, up by 18% year over year, led by fast fashion, social shopping, and by big box players
  • Food and Drink apps hit a new milestone at 194 billion sessions in 2021 (up 50% year over year)
  • Metaverse catapults leading avatar apps forward with 160% year-over-year growth

Mobile brings us closer together whether virtual or in person. The future will be based on an immersive entertainment experience you create. You won’t watch movies, you’ll star in them.

Theodore Krantz, Chief Executive Officer, App Annie

This year’s State of Mobile report identifies macro trends for leading brands and publishers to perform optimally across gaming, fintech, retail, social, video and more. Read the full report here.