TikTok is the most downloaded app worldwide with 656 million downloads in 2021, according to a new report. It is followed by other social media applications such as Instagram and Facebook (now Meta), as well as the instant messaging platforms WhatsApp and Telegram. Meanwhile, when it comes to category distribution, Netflix is the most downloaded entertainment app, Shopee tops the list of shopping apps and takes Amazon out of the top three, Google Maps is the first in the category of travel apps and Spotify is the world’s most preferred music and audio app. . The list takes into account download numbers from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
The latest Apptopia report has listed the most downloaded app globally and then has also done a category segregation. Social media apps have led the overall category, with TikTok being the most downloaded app in the world. Instagram (545 million), Facebook (now Meta) (416 million), WhatsApp (395 million), Telegram (329 million) follow the suite. Snapchat (327 million), Zoom (300 million) and Spotify (203 million) also make the top 10.
Subway Surfer (191 million) was the most downloaded game in 2021 followed by Rolox (182 million), Bridge Race (169 million), Garena Free Fire (144 million) and Among Us (152 million). PUBG Mobile and Battlegrounds Mobile India were not in the top 10. Netflix (173 million), YouTube (166 million), Google Play Games (131 million), Disney + (126 million) and Amazon Prime Video (120 million) were the top. entertainment apps downloaded in 2021, according to Apptopia.
When it comes to shopping apps, Singapore-based Shopee (203 million) topped the list followed by Shein (190 million). India-based reseller and market platform Meesho (153 million) ranked third. Amazon, which was the most downloaded shopping app in 2020, has been pushed to fourth place with 148 million downloads worldwide. However, it is still the app of choice in the US, says the Apptopia report. Flipkart hits the top 5 with 93 million downloads.
The list of most downloaded social media apps is quite similar to the general list. However, instead of Telegram, Snapchat ranks fifth on the list of social media apps with 327 million downloads. McDonald’s was the most downloaded app (116 million) in the food and beverage category. Google Maps (106 million), Uber (94 million) and Booking.com (63 million) were the most downloaded travel apps in 2021, according to Apptopia.
With cryptocurrency gaining importance in the year, Binance (64 million), Crypto.com (41 million) and Coinbase (40 million) were the most downloaded applications in 2021. Similarly, PayPal (106 million), Google Pay (82 million) and PhonePe (79 million) led the list of remittance apps. Spotify (203 million), Resso (84 million) and YouTube Music (79 million) led the music and audio applications.
Tinder (67 million), Badoo (35 million) and Bumble (22 million) led the list of most downloaded dating apps. Working from home was also prioritized due to Covid-19 in 2021, so people took the help of business apps to connect with each other. Zoom (300 million) topped the list, followed by Google Meet (192 million), WhatsApp Business (143 million) and Microsoft Teams (141 million).