Appfigures has released statistics of this year’s most downloaded apps on both Google Play and App Store combined. With little surprise, it is TikTok that has made it to the top of the list. The app had 586 million new downloads in 2021 and fought a close competition with rival app Instagram that came second with 566 million downloads.
Instagram’s parent company, Meta, won two more spots with Facebook and WhatsApp ranked 3rd and 4th in the list.
Messaging app Telegram also made it to the top 5 with 365 million new users. As for the top 10 rankings, apps including Snapchat, Messenger, Zoom, CapCut, and Google Meet have secured their spots.
In addition to the ranks, there is something more interesting to notice here: five of the top 10 apps are designed for creators, including CapCut, which is TikTok’s video editing app.
YouTube, another highly popular creator-focused app, could have been part of the top 10 category as well, but it couldn’t be added as the app comes built-in on Android devices, hence making it difficult to estimate its number of new downloads. On the App Store, however, YouTube can be seen securing the second spot with 127 million downloads.