5 Ways to Improve App Store Conversion Rates

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5 Ways to Improve App Store Conversion Rates

The conversion benchmarks you need to know and the methods to meet (or beat) them.

There are many different ways to promote your mobile app: video ads, social, rewarded engagement, and dozens (at least) more. But each method directs users straight to your app store page. On top of that, more than half of all global app store downloads come from searches within those stores. No one element of your marketing may have a more profound impact on your app’s success than its store presence, which means app marketers of all stripes should know how to improve app store conversion rates.

But how do you know if your conversion rates are measuring up, and how to improve them or keep them pointed in the right direction? That’s what this guide will answer — starting with some ground-floor stats.

What Is the Benchmark for App Store Conversion Rates?

The benchmark for app store conversion rates is, on average, 30.3% on iOS and 33% on Google Play. That means roughly one-third of mobile users who navigate to an app’s store page install that app, regardless of platform. That’s a helpful baseline, but keep in mind that specific conversion rates vary widely by app category. On iOS, for instance, users searching for photo and video apps install from the store page just over 3/4 of the time, while slightly under one in 10 visits to a game’s store page will result in a conversion. Meanwhile, Android gamers are almost twice as likely to install from the store page than Apple users.

Keep those discrepancies in mind as you work to improve app store conversion rates for your portfolio. While the general principles of app store optimization (ASO) apply to both iOS and Android, you should follow specific best practices for each platform.

Fortunately, you don’t have to sort through mountains of documentation and advice to improve your results: consult our one-page Ultimate ASO Checklist for the Apple App Store if you’re focused on iOS, or our similarly speedy Ultimate ASO Checklist for Google Play to build conversion on Android.

5 Methods to Improve App Store Conversion Rates

Now that you know a realistic conversion rate to aim for based on your platform and category, let’s talk about some concrete steps you can take to make your app listing bring in more users.

Hone Your App Icon

Your app’s icon is likely to be the very first impression a potential new user has of your product. It’s a big responsibility for a little square graphic, and there are three basic schools of thought for creating the ideal app icon.

  • Branding/title-centric design: This approach is well suited for established brands since it puts your recognizable logo (or part of your logo, such as its first letter) front-and-center, with any other elements secondary.
  • Function-centric design: This is used to communicate an app’s primary purpose. Think of the kinds of icons Apple favors for iOS’ built-in apps: A notebook for a notebook, an intricate series of gears for settings, and so on.


Whichever school of thought you follow, make sure your design is simple and scalable, since it will appear in a myriad of shapes and sizes across the stores and your branding.

A/B Test Your Creative Assets

The screenshots and videos that appear on your store page are easily the most eye-catching part of the listing, and they may even be featured in the search results themselves. In other words, it’s extremely important to get them right — too important to leave to chance. Fortunately, both the App Store and Google Play support A/B testing for your app’s featured screenshots and videos. Capitalize on this feature by making big changes between media at first (such as which subjects and types of messages you depict) and seeing which performs better, then moving on to smaller details such as choice of font and the shape of graphical elements.

Don’t forget that iPhone and Android users have different tastes — you shouldn’t assume the same assets will work as well on one platform as they do on the other. Maintain separate pipelines for the two if possible.

Cultivate Your Reviews

Apple and Google want their users to have positive experiences while using their devices. Even though they don’t exert direct control over which third-party apps users install (beyond deciding which ones are permitted on the platform to begin with), they do prioritize better-rated ones in search results. And even though app publishers are not allowed to directly encourage users to leave positive reviews, they can do so indirectly.

Start by only prompting users to leave reviews at a point they’re most likely to be satisfied with your app, such as after finishing a level in a game or learning how to complete a work project. Then follow up by quickly responding to any negative reviews with confirmation that their feedback has been heard and any suggestions for how they can improve their experience — users who feel seen are much more likely to give your app a second chance and change their review for the better.

Monitor and Revise Your Keywords

Your keywords are the terms you target to bring people to your app. Their specific implementation varies across platforms, but wherever you are, keywords play a massive role in helping potential users find your app in the store. When we’re talking about conversion, however, that road cuts both ways: Your keywords should be laser-focused on bringing in users who want to try out your app, not keywords that seem to be popular search terms in general but aren’t necessarily a perfect fit. If your app doesn’t fit the bill of what a user searched for, at best they’ll just bounce, and at worst they’ll try your app, realize it wasn’t what they wanted, and leave a bad review.

Make sure you regularly consult App Store Connect or the backend tools for Google Play to see what keywords are bringing users in and which ones aren’t carrying their weight. Then regularly monitor and tweak your chosen set of keywords in response to market conditions and your app’s evolving offerings.

Remember Readability

Your app store listing is going to be read by real people, not just a search engine. While you should build toward ASO where it makes sense, that optimization should never come at the expense of the users who are going to cast their eyes over the page and decide if your app is worth their time. One of the most important things you can do to improve app store conversion rates is to speak honestly in plain language about why people should give your app a try. Arriving at the perfect formula of keywords per paragraph may make a search engine happy, but it won’t do you much good if it comes across as forced and artificial to readers.

Contact AdAction to Boost Your App Store Conversion Rates

Looking for more ways to make ensure the right users find your app? Working with a partner that understands how to make app store visibility goals a reality is one of the best ways to grow your install base. At AdAction, we know how to improve and optimize your app store presence while managing keyword rankings to bring in more users. Set up a demo today to learn more about how we can help.

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