Here Are the Most Downloaded Apps of 2021

TikTok was the most downloaded and highest grossing app of 2021, according to data from Sensor Tower. It was also the most downloaded app on Apple’s App Store for this year, registering 745.9 million installs on both app stores. Although the company saw a 24 percent year-on-year (year-on-year) drop from 980.7 million installs in 2020, the short video app is still popular globally. TikTok is still banned in India for security reasons. Followed by Meta-owned TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger took the next four spots in the overall download category. In the App Store, YouTube ranked second as the app does not come pre-installed, unlike its Android counterpart.

The new report notes that Facebook topped the category of most downloaded apps on Google Play with approximately 500.9 million installs. In both markets, the app will see around 624.9 million installs, 12 percent down from 707.8 million last year. The report highlights that first-time installs are unchanged: They grew 0.5 percent year-on-year on the App Store and Google Play to 143.6 billion in 2021 from 142.9 billion in 2020.

As expected, none of the Meta-owned apps appear on the top grossing apps list (global), as the company hardly offers in-app purchase services. The top-grossing apps list mentions TikTok at the top, followed by YouTube, Piccoma, Tinder, and Disney Plus. Google One, Piccoma, Disney Plus, TikTok, and HBO Max had the highest revenue on Google Play.

The highest-grossing games on the App Store and Google Play this year include PUBG Mobile, Honor of Kings, Genshin Impact, Coin Master, and Roblox. On the other hand, the most downloaded games include Garena Free Fire, Subway Surfers, PUBG Mobile, Bridge Race, and Roblox. Overall, app spending is projected to reach $ 133 billion on the App Store and Google Play. It represents 19.7 percent year-on-year growth from $ 111.1 billion in 2020, nearly mirroring the 21 percent year-on-year growth in consumer spending experienced in 2019.

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