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

The number of health app reviews spike 11% in weeks following lockdown.

COVID-19 is impacting all facets of our day-to-day lives, which is taking a toll on not just our physical health (since we can’t get to the gym) but also on 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 Singapore has seen an uptick in digitally-aided wellbeing, with the number of reviews of health apps increasing by over 11% in the last 9 weeks, according to an analysis of Apple App Store data by Finder. This means that about 9.82% of all reviews in the Apple App Store for health apps came between 24 March and 19 May 2020.

What’s the most popular app?

One of the issues looking at the popularity of an app in the Apple 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 give it a review. So which is the most popular app by reviews and scores, what are these apps for and what are people saying amount them?

Most reviewed apps

Coming out on top of the most reviewed apps is Runkeeper- GPS Running Tracker, the fitness-tracking app with over 7,586 reviews. This is actually about 6.59% of all the reviews of health apps in the Apple App Store. Just behind Runkeeper- GPS Running Tracker is Healthy 365 with a little over 7,300 reviews. Back in third is the dieting app Nike Run Club, at a touch under 6,000 reviews.

Top 10 most reviewed health apps in the Singaporean App Store

AppNumber of reviewsDownload the app
Runkeeper- GPS Running Tracker7,586Go to App Store
Healthy 3657,373Go to App Store
Nike Run Club5,987Go to App Store
Flo Period Tracker & Ovulation4,750Go to App Store
Nike Training Club3,888Go to App Store
Calm – Meditation and Sleep3,857Go to App Store
Headspace: Meditation & Sleep3,853Go to App Store
MyFitnessPal3,733Go to App Store
Clue – Period & Cycle Tracker2,707Go to App Store
Map My Run by Under Armour2,624Go 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 are relatively positive or neutral, with the two out of the top three words used in these reviews being either great or love, with the most used term being, predictably, the word app. Below is a word cloud of the top 100 words used to describe these apps.

What were people saying about each app?

If you’re more interested in what people are saying about each app specifically, here’s a word cloud for each app.

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Which app’s popularity is on the rise?

As people continue to participate in social distancing, workout and health apps have seen their popularity skyrocket. To get an idea of which apps are the most popular health in Singapore’s app store, we thought we’d come up with a Finder rating.

To get our Finder ranking, we scored the apps based on the number of reviews the app has, the percentage increase in reviews over the last nine weeks and its average review score. We then averaged each of those ranks giving us our list of most popular health apps in Singapore.

Top 20 health apps in the Singaporean app store

AppFinder rankingDownload the app
Yoga | Down Dog1Go to App Store
Nike Training Club2Go to App Store
Workout for Women: Fitness App3Go to App Store
adidas Running app Runtastic4Go to App Store
Zero – Fasting Tracker5Go to App Store
Relive: Run, Ride, Hike & more6Go to App Store
Keep – free playground7Go to App Store
Map My Run by Under Armour8Go to App Store
Tabata Timer and HIIT Timer9Go to App Store
adidas Training by Runtastic10Go to App Store
Map My Ride by Under Armour11Go to App Store
Nike Run Club12Go to App Store
Seven – 7 Minute Workout13Go to App Store
Runkeeper- GPS Running Tracker14Go to App Store
MINDBODY: Fitness, Salon & Spa15Go to App Store
J&J Official 7 Minute WorkoutTied-16Go to App Store
theAsianparent Parenting TipsTied-16Go to App Store
Calm – Meditation and Sleep18Go to App Store
Insight Timer – Meditation App19Go to App Store
Daily Yoga: Workout & Fitness20Go 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 or general fitness goals. Diet tracking apps were the second most popular type of app, with mental health and women’s health apps tying for third place.

AppFinder rankingCategory
Yoga | Down Dog1Fitness
Nike Training Club2Fitness
Workout for Women: Fitness App3Fitness
adidas Running app Runtastic4Fitness
Zero – Fasting Tracker5Diet
Relive: Run, Ride, Hike & more6Fitness
Keep – free playground7Fitness
Map My Run by Under Armour8Fitness
Tabata Timer and HIIT Timer9Fitness
adidas Training by Runtastic10Fitness
Map My Ride by Under Armour11Fitness
Nike Run Club12Fitness
Seven – 7 Minute Workout13Fitness
Runkeeper- GPS Running Tracker14Fitness
MINDBODY: Fitness, Salon & Spa15Fitness
J&J Official 7 Minute Workout16Fitness
theAsianparent Parenting Tips17Women’s health
Calm – Meditation and Sleep18Mental health
Insight Timer – Meditation App19Mental health
Daily Yoga: Workout & Fitness20Fitness

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