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Study Finds iPhone Users Stop Using Downloaded Apps Soon After Purchasing Them

Geek Out: Do You Stop Using Your iPhone Apps?

A recent study found that only 30 percent of people who purchased an iPhone app actually used it the next day; for the same group, only 5 percent were using it 20 days later! And those are for paid apps; the stats get worse for free apps, and I can understand, because who hasn't bought a novelty app they abandon after showing it off a couple times?

I have the same few trusty apps I use all the time, and I am finding new ones I can't live without every day, but I would say that for every one really great app that I have and use continually, there are five that have been downloaded and barely touched since.

For these, I'd be ecstatic to be able to return them for reasons of boredom or little usage. What about you? Do you use all the apps you download, or end up abandoning some?

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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I use tweetie CONSTANTLY. I have other apps like airshare, fish tycoon and twitterific that I have paid for and don't use very often at all. I have outright deleted some apps I have paid for. I have about 70 in my applications tab in iTunes but in reality I probably only keep around 20 around for the long-term.
museanima museanima 8 years
I just have not found an iPhone app that is really worth paying for. 99% of the time there is a website that basically does the same thing for free and is just as easy to access.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i have about 15 that i use regularly but they were mostly free. a few paid apps haven't been used but i will eventually. i fully plan to use my yoga app when i eventually start doing yoga in the morning. haha
nicolecat nicolecat 8 years
It would be hard to regulate the return of paid or free apps for that matter because they are software, that has been downloaded to a device. What's to stop someone from buying everything they would need, and return everything...and just not sync the phone until an update comes out, only to do the same thing again. :| On a happier note...there should definitely be a geek sugar app. (The website is blocked at my work) :(
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I have not paid for any apps. I constantly use facebook and LOLCatz on my iPhone. I agree, a geeksugar app would be awesome!
haydee haydee 8 years
I only have free apps except for the tangram game. BUt yes I havent used that in a while either.
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
I agree!
girlie871 girlie871 8 years
lets get a teamsugar app!!!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
My man loaded up my iPhone with a ton of apps that I've never even opened! I'm a bad geek.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
I don't have an iPhone (yes, there are some of us out here, no matter how many iPhone entries are made) but fall into the same boat with palm apps. I've purchased two. I use neither. (And our apps are usually more $$ right off the bat.) I thought I would use them, but I don't.
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
I have a few silly ones that I don't use often. The ones I've stopped using I deleted. A few have been replaced by new apps that do the function better. I've arranged them on the pages so the ones I use more often are on page 1 while others, like college football and NFL are on the last page til next season.
DuckyMass DuckyMass 8 years
I find this study a bit strange. For my usage habits... there are definitely some that don't get used much... but most of those end up deleted. I have a few others that are only for certain occasions... like a traffic cam app (for bad commutes) and my At&t Wifi app (lets me sign in to hotspots without trouble. But the vast majority of my apps have at least 30 minutes of uptime, if not hours...
jimpolandy jimpolandy 8 years
I have only paid for one app, a game, that I use. The rest are free. I have gotten rid of at least 10 different apps because I was interested, but then didn't use them.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
There are some apps that I have that I don't use everyday but usually I keep my apps in heavy rotation, especially the ones I paid for!
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