The most downloaded apps of 2021

Like every other year since the advent of smartphones, in 2021 we all spend too much time looking at apps. Now at least we have some data that tells us which apps were the most popular during the last calendar year.

Apptopia, an analytics firm, released its annual app download rankings to close out the year, and to be honest, there aren’t many surprises here. It turns out that the apps people talk about the most are also the ones they download the most. However, there are separate lists for downloads around the world and in the United States, which provides at least some interesting differences.

For clarity, this data includes iOS and Android downloads. These were the most popular apps in the world in 2021:

  1. Tik Tok

  2. Instagram

  3. Facebook

  4. WhatsApp

  5. Telegram

  6. Snapchat

  7. Zoom

  8. Delivery courier

  9. CapCut

  10. Spotify

Again, there is nothing especially shocking about that list. TikTok, which is the biggest app of 2021, is a no-brainer, while most of the rest are mainstays like Facebook, Snapchat, and Spotify. The only one that stands out is CapCut, a standalone video editing app that some TikTok users use to put their videos together before posting to the TikTok app. The owner of CapCut? That’s right, it’s ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok.

As for America, things are a little different just because, of course, they are. Here’s how things got shaken up in the states:

  1. Tik Tok

  2. Instagram

  3. Snapchat

  4. Cash application

  5. Zoom

  6. Delivery courier

  7. Facebook

  8. WhatsApp

  9. Youtube

  10. HBO Max

As you can see, TikTok also reigns supreme in the United States. Apparently, we like moving money between individuals in the US better because Cash App was in our top 10. The same could be said for streaming, as YouTube and HBO Max also made the list. Interestingly, Netflix and Disney + (both on last year’s U.S. list) were beaten in favor of HBO Max this time. But when data is broken down by entertainment apps around the world, Netflix was at the top with HBO Max in seventh place. HBO Max topped the list of most downloaded entertainment apps for US users, but Netflix took the silver there.


The best iOS and Android apps we use in 2021

The real lesson here is that you practically can’t escape TikTok at this point, no matter where you go. If you live in a place where people download smartphone apps, TikTok is most likely king there. We will let you decide if that is good or not.

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