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Mobile app usage in India - statistics & facts

India has emerged as the fastest growing mobile internet market in the world in recent years. With more than a billion mobile subscribers, and an ever-growing mobile internet penetration, the country has become a poster child for mobile communications. Indians took to mobile applications with ease and eagerness.

What are Indians using their mobile for?

A large share of Indians accessed social media via mobile phones. Chat and social networking apps were the most popular in terms of usage. With some of the highest number of downloads for some of the most popular apps including Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram. With the extensive use of YouTube, a surge in the online video market - with advertisement-based and paid subscriptions also saw a significant market growth in recent years.

Apart from social media, the use of mobile shopping apps as well as mobile payments grew at a rapid pace in the country, especially after the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Huge advertising budgets from e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart not only created a buzz about mobile shopping among Indians, but also helped new players within the market establish their respective niche - ranging from food delivery services, travel and hospitality and mobile gaming.

Some of the biggest winners in recent years within the country’s app market were Ola cabs with the home advantage over Uber; Flipkart’s fashion retailer Myntra; TVoD leader Hotstar, music on demand Gaana, and food delivery apps Zomato and Swiggy.

Monetizing mobile app success

With so much mobile activity in the country, major business deals and investments in the sector seems obvious. In April 2020, Facebook Inc. announced an investment of over five billion U.S. dollars in Reliance Jio, which is India’s biggest telecom operator. This gave the social media giant a 99.9 percent stake in the company along with access to Jio’s extensive mobile network and subscriber database in the country. In turn, the deal gives Reliance access to the 400-million-strong database of WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and integrate its hyper local e-commerce business, JioMart, with the messaging application.

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Mobile app usage in India - statistics & facts

India has emerged as the fastest growing mobile internet market in the world in recent years. With more than a billion mobile subscribers, and an ever-growing mobile internet penetration, the country has become a poster child for mobile communications. Indians took to mobile applications with ease and eagerness.

What are Indians using their mobile for?

A large share of Indians accessed social media via mobile phones. Chat and social networking apps were the most popular in terms of usage. With some of the highest number of downloads for some of the most popular apps including Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram. With the extensive use of YouTube, a surge in the online video market - with advertisement-based and paid subscriptions also saw a significant market growth in recent years.

Apart from social media, the use of mobile shopping apps as well as mobile payments grew at a rapid pace in the country, especially after the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Huge advertising budgets from e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart not only created a buzz about mobile shopping among Indians, but also helped new players within the market establish their respective niche - ranging from food delivery services, travel and hospitality and mobile gaming.

Some of the biggest winners in recent years within the country’s app market were Ola cabs with the home advantage over Uber; Flipkart’s fashion retailer Myntra; TVoD leader Hotstar, music on demand Gaana, and food delivery apps Zomato and Swiggy.

Monetizing mobile app success

With so much mobile activity in the country, major business deals and investments in the sector seems obvious. In April 2020, Facebook Inc. announced an investment of over five billion U.S. dollars in Reliance Jio, which is India’s biggest telecom operator. This gave the social media giant a 99.9 percent stake in the company along with access to Jio’s extensive mobile network and subscriber database in the country. In turn, the deal gives Reliance access to the 400-million-strong database of WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and integrate its hyper local e-commerce business, JioMart, with the messaging application.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 21 most important statistics relating to "Mobile app usage in India ".

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