With more and more people owning smartphones and shopping online, mobile shopping apps have been getting increasingly popular among consumers.

The best shopping apps offer ease and convenience when shopping online. Many also come with features that streamline and enhance the mobile shopping experience for users.

That said, not all mobile shopping apps are equally good. Mobile operating systems play a role in influencing the popularity of these apps among consumers. 

By and large, the top shopping apps for the iOS and Android operating systems look the same. However, the order of these popular apps for shopping differs depending on whether they are used by iOS or Android mobile phones. 

Best Shopping Apps on iOS

As of October 2020, the list of the most popular mobile apps on the iOS app store was topped by ecommerce giant Amazon’s app. This is followed by OfferUp, a C2C marketplace that connects local buyers and sellers. 

In third place is Shopify’s shopping assistant app, Shop. Despite its relatively recent release in April 2020, the app has already burst into the top three. This is because Shop is actually a revamp of Shopify’s previous app, Arrive, which helped shoppers track their packages. 

Next is Walmart, who recently announced that it would be shutting down its groceries app and merging it with its main retail app. 

Rounding out the five most popular shopping apps on the iOS is SHEIN, a fashion shopping app.

Best Shopping Apps on Google Play

Top Shopping Apps on Google Play in 2020 chart

The list of the top shopping apps on the Android operating system looks slightly different. While the top few players are mostly the same, the biggest difference is the absence of SHEIN in the top five and coming in, instead, in tenth place on the Google Play store.

Walmart tops the list of best shopping apps on Google Play, followed by OfferUp, Amazon, and then Wish. The fifth-most popular mobile shopping app for Android devices is Klarna, which ranks 13th on the iOS app store.

Mobile Shopping Apps Usage

With the rise of mobile commerce, shopping apps have become part and parcel of consumers’ daily lives in the United States. 

A surprising 82 percent of US consumers use their shopping apps at least once a week, with 15 percent accessing these apps several times a day.

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