Smartphone: downloading mobile applications among French 2012-2017, by gender

 According to a survey conducted in 2017, more than half of French respondents used their mobile phone for downloading mobile applications. Among men, this share was of 58 percent, while 52 of responding women stated doing so.  

Most used mobile apps

   In a ranking of the ten most consulted mobile applications among people aged between 15 and 34 in France, it appears that Snapchat and Facebook were the two most used apps among young French people in 2018. The two apps had a visit rate of 60 and 55 percent respectively. In addition to this, the average time spend on entertainment apps amounted to 55 minutes, while games apps were used about 60 minutes per day by the French throughout all age groups (stat 963162).  

Mobile apps in consumption habits

   Mobile applications appear to take a growing importance in consumption habits. A survey conducted in 2018 revealed that, although only a minority of French people used an app to track their nutrition, 20 percent of respondents consulted a mobile app to research the composition of products while shopping and one third would be interested in using such an app. A further example of mobile apps shaping consumption habits in France would be apps against food waste. Among the most popular apps in this category, Too Good To Go was known by 24 percent of French people.

Share of people using their mobile phones to download apps in France from 2012 to 2017, by gender

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Release date

November 2017



Survey time period


Number of respondents

2,209 respondents

Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

2,004 adults and 205 young people

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

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