Top 10 Most Downloaded Apps And Games Of 2021: TikTok, Telegram Big Winners

TikTok, four Facebook apps (now Meta), and some social apps are once again the top 10 apps globally for all of 2021, according to app statistics compiled by Apptopia.

However, many of the leaders were below their download counts from the previous year.

Here are the 10 most downloaded apps globally of 2021:


  1. TikTok: 656 million
  2. Instagram: 545 million
  3. Facebook: 416 million
  4. WhatsApp: 395 million
  5. Telegram: 329 million
  6. Snapchat: 327 million
  7. Zoom: 300 million
  8. Messenger: 268 million
  9. CapCut: 255 million
  10. Spotify: 203 million

However, many were below their 2020 download totals. TikTok had 850 million downloads last year; nearly 200 million more than the still impressive 656 million it achieved in 2021. WhatsApp also dropped more than 200 million app installs, and Messenger dropped from 404 million last year to 268 million this year. Meta’s flagship app Facebook also fell, having achieved 540 million installs last year compared to 416 million in 2021. Zoom had 477 million installs in 2020 versus 300 million in 2021.

Google Meet and Netflix were on the list last year.

But both fell completely this year.


On the winners’ side, Instagram increased around 40 million installs since last year.

And private messaging and group platform Telegram was the big winner in 2021, with nearly 75 million installs from 256 million last year to 329 million this year. A likely reason for the rise of Telegram is the desire for more privacy, as well as the flight from mainstream social networks by people demanding censorship from companies such as Facebook and Twitter.

The top 10 downloads list for the US looks specifically a little different and shows significant strength on the HBO Max video streaming platform, which surpassed Netflix and Disney +, who were in the top 10 in 2020. , for the best transmission service by number of facilities. in 2021:


  1. TikTok: 94 million
  2. Instagram: 64 million
  3. Snapchat: 56 million
  4. Cash application: 56 million
  5. Zoom: 52 million
  6. Messenger: 51 million
  7. Facebook: 47.3 million
  8. WhatsApp: 47.2 million
  9. YouTube: 47 million
  10. HBO Max: 45 million

Music and audio are often an extremely competitive segment, but it doesn’t even come close.

The winner, more than doubling the global installs of its closest competitor, is Spotify, which had 203 million app installs in 2021. Google’s music app YouTube Music ranked third with 79 million and Amazon Music the seventh with 44 million).

But there was a very interesting upstart from a very familiar source that made the top 10 list despite being available in only three countries.

“While Spotify continues to pull all competitors out of the water, a newcomer has gone from not making the top charts last year, to becoming the second most downloaded music streaming app in the world,” says Apptopia VP of Insights. Adam Blacker. “That app is Resso, owned by Bytedance, maker of TikTok. Resso was launched in May 2019. The application is available in Brazil, Indonesia and India. “


The 10 most downloaded music and audio apps for 2021:

  1. Spotify: 203 million
  2. Resso: 85 million
  3. YouTube Music: 79 million
  4. StarMaker: 76 million
  5. Shazam: 75 million
  6. SoundCloud: 52 million
  7. Amazon Music: 44 million
  8. Wink Music: 38.2 million
  9. Music player: 38 million
  10. JioSaavn: 35 million

(An important note about Apple Music: It’s preloaded on every iPhone and iPad, an interesting antitrust scenario, and therefore doesn’t make it to any “most downloaded” lists. Another cool point: Shazam, which ranked fifth in downloads on 2021, is owned by Apple.)


The US leaders in music downloads are Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, YouTube Music, and iHeart, with SiriusXM and Audiomack also in the top 10 list.

Games are always huge, accounting for more than half of the app on Google Play and the Apple App Store, and more than half of the app installs. Interestingly, the top 10 most downloaded mobile games for 2021 is led by a game that was launched almost a decade ago, in May 2012. It is joined by other somewhat old games such as 8 Ball Pool, which has been around for years, and Rovio’s. Candy Crush Saga, was also released almost a decade ago in 2012.

The 10 most downloaded games of 2021:

  1. Subway Surfers: 191 million
  2. Roblox: 182 million
  3. Bridge Race: 169 million
  4. Garena Free Fire – New Age: 154 million
  5. Between us: 152 million
  6. Hair Challenge: 138 million
  7. Join Clash: 136 million
  8. 8 Ball Pool: 130 million
  9. Ludo King: 125 million
  10. Candy Crush Saga: 119 million

The best games in the US include Roblox, Project Makeover, Among Us, Bridge Race, and High Heels.

Retail is always interesting too, as the most downloaded apps provide insight into which retailers are winning on mobile and therefore largely winning on eCommerce. While Amazon leads in the US with 40 million installations locally, three apps have more global installations than the US retail giant Shopee with 203 million, SHEIN with 190 million and Mesh with 153 million leads Amazon , which captured 148 million global application installs.


Other global players include Flipkart, AliExpress, Wish, Pinduoduo, and Alibaba.


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