Lifestyle category apps are off to a strong start in 2021, both in terms of adoption and consumer spending in the United States. Sensor Tower’s State of Lifestyle Apps 2021 report, available now, analyzes trends in the category and analyzes how subcategories such as Dating, Social Discovery, and Home Technology performed throughout 2020 and in early 2021.
Although U.S. consumer spending in Lifestyle category apps declined slightly quarter-over-quarter in 2019, 2020 saw a resurgence. The category’s revenue grew each quarter over the last year, and that trend continued into the first quarter of 2021 when the category reached $296 million in spending, up 30 percent year-over-year.
Excluding Tinder, which introduced direct payments on Android, the Lifestyle category saw a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 50 percent in U.S. consumer spending since the first quarter of 2018.