TikTok is the world’s most downloaded app with 656 million downloads in 2021, according to a new report. It is followed by other social media apps like Instagram and Facebook (now Meta) as well as instant messaging platforms WhatsApp and Telegram. Meanwhile, when it comes to category distribution, Netflix is the most downloaded entertainment app, Shopee tops the shopping app list, excluding Amazon from the top three, Google Maps is the top in the category travel apps and Spotify is the world’s most favorite music and audio app. . The list takes into account the download numbers from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
The last report by Apptopia listed the most downloaded app in the world and then segregated by category as well. Social media apps dominated the general 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 sequel. Snapchat (327 million), Zoom (300 million) and Spotify (203 million) are also in 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 apps most downloaded entertainment programs in 2021, according to Apptopia.
When it comes to shopping apps, Singapore-based Shopee (203 million) leads the chart, followed by Shein (190 million). India-based reseller and market platform Meesho (153 million) took third place. Amazon, which was the most downloaded shopping app in 2020, was pushed to fourth place with 148 million downloads worldwide. However, it’s still the go-to app in the United States, according to the Apptopia report. Flipkart ranks in the top 5 with 93 million downloads.
The list of the most downloaded social media apps is quite similar to the general list. However, instead of Telegram, the fifth place in the list of social media apps is taken by Snapchat 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 the cryptocurrency rising in importance during the year, Binance (64 million), Crypto.com (41 million) and Coinbase (40 million) were the most downloaded apps in 2021. Likewise, PayPal (106 million), Google Pay (82 million) and PhonePe (79 million) led the list of money transfer apps. Spotify (203 million), Resso (84 million) and YouTube Music (79 million) dominated music and audio applications.
Tinder (67 million), Badoo (35 million) and Bumble (22 million) topped the list of most downloaded dating apps. Working from home was also a priority due to Covid-19 in 2021, as a result, people resorted to work apps to connect with each other. Zoom (300 million) tops the table, followed by Google Meet (192 million), WhatsApp Business (143 million) and Microsoft Teams (141 million).