What’s a Good App Store Conversion Rate?

Marketers and app developers often refer to conversion rate (CVR), which is the percentage of app users who download your app from a store after viewing it’s page in the app store. But what is a good conversion rate for apps? What is the industry’s current gold standard for your segment?

App Store Conversion and Install Rate

Let’s start by explaining what is conversion rate is. There are two metrics that you should be looking at when analyzing the conversion rate of your app store.

  • Conversion rate (App Unit/Page views): This is the percentage of users who download your app after viewing it’s page. This metric is used by the ASO community to calculate app store conversion rates. This metric can help you gauge how convincing your app page is to get users to download it. It is possible to achieve a higher conversion rate than 100% on the App Store. How is this possible? Since every install counts, people that download your app straight from search results or browsing results without visiting your app pages, don’t count as page view.
  • Install Ratio (App Unit/Impressions).: This is the percentage of users who download your app from the app store search results or browse results without going to your app page. This tells you how popular your app is in the app store searches/browse results.

In this post, we focus on the conversion rate and ignore the install ratio for the time being. So let’s get started. We take a look at the US App stores – there are some differences to other countries, but the overall numbers are more or less the same.

Average Conversion Rate and Apple US App Store Install Rate

Here’s an overviev of average app store conversion rates for different business segments for the US App Store.

Weather 76.9%
Games – Music 69.2%
Medical 63.6%
Utilities 63.3%
Games – Trivia 59.9%
Music 57.8%
Productivity 57.0%
Shopping 56.5%
Magazines & Newspapers 52.5%
Navigation 52.0%
Social Networking 51.6%
Business 50.1%
Reference 49.1%
News 48.4%
Games – Racing 43.5%
Health & Fitness 42.8%
Finance 39.8%
Lifestyle 37.6%
Books 33.6%
Education 32.9%
Games – Sports 30.1%
Sports 24.9%
Games – Adventure 20.2%
Photo & Video 17.6%
Entertainment 14.7%
Games – Simulation 13.6%
Games – Casual 13.1%
Games – Puzzle 12.0%
Games – Family 11.6%
Games – Action 11.5%
Travel 10.8%
Games – Word 10.4%
Games – Board 9.6%
Games – Card 9.3%
Games – Role Playing 8.5%
Games – Strategy 8.3%
Games – Casino 8.3%
Food & Drink 7.6%

There are varios soures and metrics that provide information about the average conversion rates like the above. For example, AppTweak reported that between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 the average conversion rate among all categories in the US was 33.7%. APPFOLLOW has collected data on more than 898,000,000 unique iOS app impressions as of July 2020. Food & Drink has the highest installed rate at 8.4%, while Magazines & Newspapers has the lowest with 1.3%.

Google Play Conversion Rate Benchmarks

Google Play offers native conversion rate benchmarks. The store listing conversion rate chart lets you compare your daily performance against your peers’ median, 25, and 75 percentile. This breakdown table lets you compare your total conversion rate over the selected period to your peers’ median for each of the 28 days.

The average conversion rate for the US Google Play Store in 2020 was 26.4%, which is lower than the average CVR for the App Store (33.7%). The highest conversion rate was for the Business category (58%), and the lowest CVR on the App Store for the Casino Games category (11.1%).

Business 58.0%
Education 42.0%
Family – Education 37.7%
Productivity 37.3%
Art & Design 36.5%
Family – Pretend Play 34.9%
Transportation 34.9%
Tools 34.9%
Maps & Navigation 34.8%
Photography 34.2%
Games – Educational 33.9%
Music & Audio 32.6%
Finance 32.4%
Communication 31.2%
Health & Fitness 29.9%
Weather 29.6%
Games – Casual 28.9%
Games – Racing 27.1%
Games – Sports 25.7%
Dating 25.6%
Games – Arcade 24.2%
Games – Simulation 24.0%
Games – Card 23.6%
Video Players 22.5%
Games – Board 20.4%
Games – Role playing 19.8%
Games – Action 19.2%
Books & Reference 18.9%
Family – Brain Games 18.7%
Personalization 17.9%
Games – Adventure 17.6%
Games – Puzzle 17.6%
Social 17.4%
Entertainment 16.8%
Games – Word 16.2%
Lifestyle 16.0%
Games – Strategy 13.5%
Travel and Local 11.3%
Games – Casino 11.1%

Takeaways App Store Conversion Rates

Conversion Rate Benchmarks allows you to compare your conversion, install, and click-through rates against other apps in the same industry. The conversion rate can vary depending on many factors and can increase your app’s conversion rate by optimzing your screenshots and feature graphics , icons, keywords, advertisements, and so forth.

Now, what’s a good conversion rate?

If you look at the numbers, you’ll can think of the these numbers as benchmark values: if your app is performing lower than the average, then it’s time to do something and do some serious ASO. But that’s not the whole story. You proably have a webpage that presents you product. And that’s where your customer journey actually starts. From the webpage people go into the app store and hopefully download your app and use one of your services and make a purchase.

Generally speaking, having to go into an app store adds another step on your customer journey and a potential point where potential customers drop off. Bascially, you’ll lose customers on every step: the more steps a user takes to complete a purchase the the lower the conversion rate. So, it’s critical to minimize the number of steps a potential customer has to take.

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