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TikTok Has Made $75 Million So Far from In-App Purchases on the App Store and Google Play

TikTok's global revenue totals $75 million spent by users to date, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence estimates.

TikTok Revenue $75 Million

While its ad-based monetization strategy continues solidify, Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data shows that ByteDance has managed to gross an estimated $75 million directly from TikTok users through the sale of virtual currency.

These figures include global user spending through the App Store and Google Play, but are not inclusive of revenue from China's third-party Android stores. Still, China's iOS users alone have contributed about 23 percent of this total or approximately $17.3 million, placing the country second after the United States for in-app spending. TikTok users in the U.S. have spent close to $41.3 million in the app to date, or about 55 percent of the global total, placing the country first in terms of user revenue. India, the app's largest market in terms of installs, ranked No. 14 for user expenditure, with approximately $3.8 million spent so far.

Millions of Coins—and Counting

TikTok users spend real money in the app to purchase coins. These can be exchanged for gifts that users can bestow on others during their live streams. Coins are available in bundles from 100 to 10,000 that range in price from 99 cents to $99.99. Sensor Tower data shows that the 100 coin bundle is the most popular among users, followed by the 500 coin bundle priced at $4.99.

The app's users spent approximately $5.5 million globally on these coins last month, an increase of about 243 percent from the $1.6 million worth we estimate they purchased in February 2018. This increase is more impressive when you consider that ByteDance has thus far done little to promote that these coins can be purchased, or explain how they are intended to be spent by users.

As we reported last month, TikTok has been installed by more than one billion users worldwide to date. The app added approximately 58 million new users last month, up 61 percent from February 2018.

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Oliver Yeh

Written by: Oliver Yeh, Founder at Sensor Tower

Date: March 2019