Usage of free and paid apps in Germany 2013-2016

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the usage of free and paid apps in Germany from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, there were roughly 15.14 million mobile internet users among the German population aged 14 years and older, who had already downloaded paid apps.

Number of mobile internet users who had downloaded an app (free or paid) before in Germany from 2013 to 2016

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Release date

November 2016



Survey time period

2013 to 2016

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking mobile internet users, who had downloaded an app before

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on base:
German-speaking population ages 14 and older in private households, at main residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Information on random sample:
2013: 8,702 respondents, projected base of 70.33 million persons
2014: 8,156 respondents, projected base of 70.52 million persons
2015: 7,009 respondents, projected base of 69.24 million persons
2016: 7,026 respondents, projected base of 69.56 million persons
Information on target group "German-speaking mobile internet users"
2013: projected base of 52.92 million persons
2014: projected base of 53.54 million persons
2015: projected base of 54.16 million persons
2016: projected base of 55.81 million persons

Multiple answers were possible.

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "And what kind of additional software did you download: Only free additional software, or only software that you had to pay for, or both?"
(Original German question: "Und was für Zusatzprogramme haben Sie heruntergeladen: Nur kostenlose Zusatzprogramme, oder nur Zusatzprogramme, die etwas gekostet haben, oder sowohl als auch?")

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