Is COVID-19 leading to a spike in health app usage?

The number of health app reviews spiked by 21% in the weeks following lockdown.


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COVID-19 is impacting all facets of our day-to-day lives and is taking a toll on not just our physical health but also our mental health. This is leading many people to take their health into their own hands, quite literally, by downloading apps that track all manner of health-related data points.

And the Philippines has seen one of the largest uptakes in digitally-aided wellbeing, with the number of reviews of health apps increasing by over 21% in the last 9 weeks, according to an analysis of Apple’s App Store data by Finder. This means that about 17.5% of all reviews in the App Store for health apps came between 24 March and 19 May 2020.

What are the most reviewed apps?

One of the issues when looking at the popularity of an app in the App Store is that the exact figure for the number of downloads is not available. However, the number of reviews is a good indicator of how many times an app has been downloaded, as some have estimated that as little as 0.8% of people who download an app will review it. So which is the most popular app by reviews and ratings, what are these apps for and what are people saying about them?

Coming out on top of the most reviewed apps is Flo, a period-tracking app. Flo has over 17,200 reviews, which is actually about 10% of all the reviews on health apps in the App Store. Just behind Flo is Workout for Women, which has nearly 16,500 reviews. In third place is the dieting app Zero, with a touch over 7,300 reviews.

Top 10 most reviewed health apps in the Filipino App Store

AppNumber of reviewsDownload the app
Flo Period Tracker & Ovulation17,278Go to App Store
Workout for Women: Fitness App16,490Go to App Store
Zero – Fasting Tracker7,366Go to App Store
Calm – Meditation and Sleep6,482Go to App Store
Nike Training Club6,244Go to App Store
Period Tracker Period Calendar6,215Go to App Store
Clue – Period & Cycle Tracker4,878Go to App Store
Pregnancy & Baby Tracker WTE4,592Go to App Store
MyFitnessPal4,510Go to App Store
Nike Run Club4,369Go to App Store

What are people saying about these apps?

To find out what people thought about these apps, we grabbed the most recent 100 comments to get a feel for what people were saying.

The majority of the comments about these apps were relatively positive or neutral. Two out of the top three words used in these reviews were “great” and “love”, with the most used term being, predictably, the word “app”. Below is a word cloud of the top 50 used words used to describe these apps.

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Which apps are the most popular?

As people continue to participate in social distancing, workout and health apps have seen their popularity skyrocket. To get an idea of which are the most popular health apps in the Filipino App Store, we came up with the Finder ranking system.

To get our Finder ranking for each app, we ranked the apps based on the number of reviews they had, the percentage increase in reviews over the last 9 weeks and their average ratings in the App Store. We then averaged each of those rankings, which gave us our list of the most popular health apps in the Philippines.

Top 20 most popular health apps in the Filipino App Store

AppFinder rankingDownload the app
MyFitnessPal1Go to App Store
Pregnancy & Baby Tracker WTE2Go to App Store
Clue – Period & Cycle Tracker3Go to App Store
Relive: Run, Ride, Hike & more4Go to App Store
Weight Loss Running by Verv5Go to App Store
Weight Loss Fitness by Verv6Go to App Store
adidas Running app Runtastic7Go to App Store
30 Day Fitness8Go to App Store
Tide: Sleep. Focus. Meditation9Go to App Store
Drink Water ∙ Daily Reminder10Go to App Store
BetterMe: Track Diet & Workout11Go to App Store
Meditation App12Go to App Store
Simple Habit: Wellness & Sleep13Go to App Store
Sweatcoin – It Pays To Walk14Go to App Store
Yoga | Down Dog15Go to App Store
Misfit16Go to App Store
30 Day Workout Challenge17Go to App Store
Flo Period Tracker & Ovulation18Go to App Store
ClassPass: Fitness Workout App19Go to App Store
Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer20Go to App Store

What are these apps for?

The majority of the apps in the top 20 are for just general fitness, with almost 50% of the apps designed to help people track their running, walking and general fitness goals. Diet tracking apps were the second most popular type of app, with mental health and women’s health apps tying in third place.

AppFinder rankingCategory
Weight Loss Running by Verv5Diet
Weight Loss Fitness by Verv6Diet
BetterMe: Track Diet & Workout11Diet
Drink Water ∙ Daily Reminder10Diet
Relive: Run, Ride, Hike & more4Fitness
adidas Running app Runtastic7Fitness
30 Day Fitness8Fitness
Sweatcoin – It Pays To Walk14Fitness
Yoga | Down Dog15Fitness
30 Day Workout Challenge17Fitness
ClassPass: Fitness Workout App19Fitness
Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer20Fitness
Meditation App12Mental health
Simple Habit: Wellness & Sleep13Mental health
Tide: Sleep. Focus. Meditation9Mental health
Pregnancy & Baby Tracker WTE2Women’s health
Clue – Period & Cycle Tracker3Women’s health
Flo Period Tracker & Ovulation18Women’s health

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