most expensive android apps of all time

A lot of people don’t believe that apps are worth their price tags. That’s unfortunate because the majority of them definitely are. Developers work on that stuff, after all. Plus, there’s a level of context that never gets discussed when it comes to app prices. That context includes basically every app on this list. These apps and games are so expensive that we would never recommend them to anybody. However, they are fun to talk about. Here are the most expensive Android apps and most expensive Android games. I usually use every app or game on any given list. This list is an exception for obvious reasons.

All these apps are actually on the Play Store as well (at the time of this writing). Most other lists like this have a bunch of apps and games that were taken down years ago. Also, it seems the Google Play maximum for an app or game is $399.99. It seems no such limit exists on iOS as expensive apps can go for literally over $1,000. We’re not kidding.

Finally, we know a lot of people don’t like monthly subscriptions and they really do add up over time. However, most (not all) subscription services provide a consistent service so it’s not quite the same as buying a single product. That said, there are some ridiculous subscriptions and there is one on the list. Anyway, enjoy!

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5-Minute Sports Medicine

Price: $99.99

5-Minute Sports Medicine is an educational app that contains information on sports medicine. It boasts 280 topics, ICD-9 codes, SNOMED codes, and the ability to personalize your favorites. Apparently they go by ICD-10 codes now. That makes this both expensive and out of date! It has a lot of other info, though. However, the interface is old looking at best. Actual doctors did write it, though. That’s likely why it’s one of the most expensive Android apps. Its last update was in 2013. The last added feature? Support for the Nexus 7.

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AT&T TV (formerly DirecTV Now)

Price: Free trial / Up to $129.99 per month

Live streaming TV was originally a way for people to get the channels they wanted for less money. Many live TV apps still work that way, such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Hulu TV. However, some live TV apps (such as AT&T TV) are basically massive, bloated live TV apps with inflated price tags and tons of channels you probably won’t watch. Plus, premium channels like HBO can easily add $10-$15 each. The price can get ridiculous in a hurry. AT&T TV’s most expensive plan is $129.99 per month. The difference between it and its $79.99 plan is literally 10 extra channels and they’re all premium TV channels. That is well over $1,000 per year for roughly 110 useless channels just to get the 30 you really want.

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Bonney’s Gyn. Surgery, 11th Edition

Price: $147.49

Bonney’s Gyn Surgery 11th Edition is another educational text book app. It covers gynaecological surgery methods that were originally created by Victor Bonney. Like the Sports Medicine app, real doctors wrote the info in this app. Additionally, it has info on various surgical procedures, images, and other information about the craft. It boasts that there is no subscription. We would certainly hope so. At $147.49, it’s definitely among the most expensive Android apps.

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Dr. Web Security Space Life

Price: $89.00

Dr. Web Security Space life is an antivirus app. Unlike most, it offers a ton of ways to pay for the app. One of them is the absurdly expensive $89 for a lifetime license. Or is it so absurd? Most antivirus apps have monthly or yearly subscriptions. They don’t seem like much at first. However, they can add up over time. Comparatively speaking, a flat $89 payment would actually save you money over a subscription service if you give it enough time. It’s delightfully ironic.


Free to play games

Price: Free / In-app purchases up to $99.99

Free to play games hold a special place in all of our hearts. There‚Äôs a place in the heart for rage, right? Anyway, most free to play games have sets of gems, gold, or other in-game currency that you can buy to unlock parts of the game faster. The prices for these in-game goods range from $0.99 to $99.99. Sometimes they go even higher. The most expensive option buys you an a bunch amount of the in-game currency. It lets you jet ahead in the game quite a bit, but it’s usually something players can get for free with time and a little patience. Still, the idea that you can not only buy digital stuff for a video game for $99.99 is absurd. The idea that you can do it as many times as you want easily puts any and all free to play games on this list.


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Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Price: $143.99

Have you noticed a pattern developing? Yes, we have another medical text app that is also one of the most expensive Android apps. This one is a textbook for pediatrics. It features a ton of information, is written by real doctors, and will murder your wallet. Those that do indulge will have a powerful search feature, bookmarks, and more to help them get through this massive tomb of text. It’s like a must-have for doctors. It’s probably not great for the rest of us.

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Network Signal Guru

Price: Free / $48.99 per month / $289.99 per year

Network Signal Guru is a networking tool. It also happens to be the most expensive one on the Play Store. It runs for a truly remarkable $48.99 per month but you get a large discount if you spring for the yearly $289.99 per year plan. That’s more than two Amazon Prime subscriptions per year and about four per month. Here’s the thing, though. The app is actually really good at what it does. It’s a fun tool to mess with signals and radios. The free version is still highly functional for a lot of folks and the premium version is really only useful for professionals. Believe it or not, we might actually recommend this one to some people depending on their need, but only the free version.


The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine

Price: $129.99

The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine follows the patterns of prior medical texts. It’s written by doctors and published by McGraw-Hill. It features over a dozen topics, in-depth information about internal medicine, and more. On the plus side, it works on both tablets and phones. At this price, that seems like a given. Like most other apps in this category, there are those who will find books like this useful. College students and doctors especially. However, us normal people probably shouldn’t invest in a $129.99 book app.

Atlas of Internal Medicine most expensive Android apps


Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: Study Guide, 8/E

Price: $89.99

Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: Study Guide, 8/E is yet another super expensive medical textbook in app format. Of course, it’s not the most expensive medical textbook, but it’s among them in app format. The book teaches emergency medicine with various guidelines, evidence-based protocols, and more. It was writting by Judith E. Tintinalli, MD, MS. Stuff from people with that many letters next to their name are usually fairly expensive. This is no different. However, it’s not the most expensive book we found.

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Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations, 10/E

Price: $119.99

The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine follows the patterns of prior medical texts. It’s written by doctors and published by McGraw-Hill. It features over a dozen topics, in-depth information about internal medicine, and more. On the plus side, it works on both tablets and phones. At this price, that seems like a given. Like most other apps in this category, there are those who will find books like this useful. College students and doctors especially. However, us normal people probably shouldn’t invest in a $129.99 book app.

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Searching for the most expensive app or game

Price: $399.99 usually

There are a metric ton of joke apps on the Google Play Store. Our favorites were the ones by Abu Moo. There were six $400 apps for a total of $2,400 for the whole collection. Unfortunately, Abu Moo is no longer on the Play Store. In their place is a swath of joke apps, prove-you’re-rich apps, and absurdly priced games. They are mostly joke apps by developers where they just put the maximum pricing on a simple app that doesn’t do anything. You can search for these in the Play Store and they’ll appear ranging from $349.99 to $399.99 most of the time. Unfortunately, they also appear and disappear frequently. There are too many to add to this list and they usually get taken down pretty quickly when we put them here. It’s more fun to just search for them.

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