Apps for health and fitness, music streaming and mindfulness to top downloads in January

Perhaps not surprisingly, apps for health and fitness, music streaming and mindfulness are set to be the most downloaded in January 2019, according to new research.

A poll of 2,000 smartphone owners found calorie-tracking app MyFitnessPal is the most likely to be added to the nation’s phones during January. And to add a soundtrack to the workouts, music streaming app Spotify is set to be the second most popular app to download. This is followed by Mindfulness Daily, VoucherCloud and 7 Minute Workout.

The research was commissioned by Sky Mobile, which is expecting Brits to increase their phone data usage by 10 per cent in January 2019, compared to 2018.

Of those polled who expect to use their phones more this January, 44 per cent will use up to 3GB more data than December 2018, while 18 per cent expect to need more than 8GB to get through the most depressing month of the year.

Data experts are putting this down to tired Brits switching from expensive nights out during December to streaming fitness videos, experimenting with veganism, and swerving high street sales shopping for online orders from the sofa.

Sky Mobile director Sophia Ahmad said: “With so many people changing their habits in January as they follow through on New Year’s resolutions, we increasingly rely on our phones to help us get there – so there’s a big impact on data usage.

Other apps likely to be popular in January include Calm, a meditation and relaxation aid, as well as fitness app Daily Burn. Pocket Yoga, Cruelty Free and Nike + Training Club are also among the apps Brits will be turning to in January.

But money-saving is important to many after the expense of Christmas with vouchers and discount apps the most popular type to search for in the new year. Calorie and nutrition trackers came second followed by travel apps and mindfulness.

Saving money is also the nation’s biggest self-improvement goal for 2019, according to the research carried out via Spending time with friends and family is second on the list followed by travelling, getting fitter and taking up a new skill or hobby.

Apps most likely to be downloaded in January 2019

1.       MyFitnessPal (calorie tracking)

2.       Spotify (music streaming)

3.       Mindfulness Daily

4.       VoucherCloud

5.       7 Minute Workout

6.       Calm

7.       Daily Burn

8.       Pocket Yoga

9.       Cruelty Free

10.    Nike + Training Club

The UK’s top self-improvement goals for January 2019:

1.       Saving money

2.       Spending more time with friends and family

3.       Travel

4.       Get fitter

5.       Take up a new skill or hobby

6.       Find a new job

7.       Meet new people

8.       Volunteer for charity

9.       Learn a new language

10.   Find a new relationship

11.   Give up alcohol for January

12.   Stop smoking / vaping

13.   Start own business

14.   Become vegan for January

15.   End a romantic relationship

Types of apps most likely to be downloaded in January 2019

1.       Vouchers & discount

2.       Calorie and nutrition tracking

3.       Travel booking

4.       Mindfulness

5.       Shopping

6.       Fitness (strength & resistance training)

7.       Running

8.       Job search

9.       Organisation

10.     Yoga


Chris Price