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The top downloaded apps in 2022

Key takeaways

Mobile apps have become an integral part of many peoples’ day-to-day lives.

A majority of the top 10 most downloaded apps were social media platforms, with Meta and ByteDance owning six of the top 10.

TikTok, the most downloaded app in the world, is also the highest-grossing non-game app.

By 2025, app spending is expected to grow to $270 billion.

Whether they’re providing a service like ride-sharing or acting as a mere source of entertainment, mobile apps have become an integral part of many people’s day-to-day lives.

But which apps are most popular among users?

This graphic uses data from a recent report by Sensor Tower to show the top 10 most downloaded apps around the world in Q1 2022 from the Google Play and Apple App Store.

April 2022 Apps

Social Reigns Supreme

According to the report, total app downloads reached 36.9 billion in Q1 2022, a 1.4% increase compared to Q1 2021.

A majority of the top 10 most downloaded apps were social media platforms, with Meta and ByteDance owning six of the top 10.

Rank App Category
1 TikTok Entertainment
2 Instagram Photo and video
3 Facebook Social networking
4 WhatsApp Messaging
5 Shopee Shopping
6 Telegram Messaging
7 Snapchat Photo and video
8 Messenger Messaging
9 CapCut Photo and video
10 Spotify Music

Meta’s four platforms on the list are Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger, while ByteDance owns TikTok and video-editing platform CapCut.

Just outside the top 10 are Zoom and WhatsApp Business (yet another Meta-owned app).

TikTok’s Winding Road to the Top

In Q1 2021, TikTok exceeded 3.5 billion all-time downloads, becoming the fifth app (and the first non-Meta app) to reach this milestone.

This is impressive considering the app has been banned in India as of June 2020.

Prior to the ban, India accounted for 30% of TikTok’s downloads.

Tik Tok

India’s not the only country that’s banned the use of TikTok.

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