Closing this 2021 that will definitively say goodbye during the next few hours, the classic balance sheets of each end of the year continue.
On this occasion, a ranking shared from Apptopia shows us which were the most downloaded applications this year, separated by categories.
The most downloaded applications worldwide
For the purposes of this measurement, all the data includes the sum of the iOS and Google Play versions of each app mentioned, except for the data for China, which only corresponds to iOS.
If an application has a “lite” version, these data are included in the figures of the respective application and the categorization of each one responded to the editorial criteria of Apptopia.
At ranking generalIt is not news to see Meta (ex Facebook) grabbing four of the top 10 places with social applications. This year Bytedance has secured two places in the ranking, one for TikTok and one for its video editing app, Capcut.
Regarding the most popular games, Subway Surfers was released in 2012 and has been one of the top two most downloaded games for the last five years in a row. Among Us, which was the most downloaded game last year, is still haunting the elite, establishing itself as more than just a “boom pandemic.”
The entertainment apps in this measurement they are a true reflection of their drag with users. Between its launch in Latin America and its parallel theatrical releases, HBO Max surpassed Disney + as the fastest-growing streaming subscription service, even though it still doesn’t scale enough in the rankings to surpass it in cumulative number of downloads. .
This year, in the context of e-commerce, Amazon went from first to fourth place, to give space to its Shopee, SHEIN and Meesho space. The latter app is a combined reseller and marketplace platform, specialized in social commerce (similar to Pinduoduo, which is at number 8). The company raised $ 300 million dollars earlier this year in April, reaching a valuation of $ 2.1 billion. It became the first e-commerce company in the country of India to introduce zero percent commission for its sellers. Shopee, which originally competed with Alibaba’s launch in Southeast Asia, has spread to Latin America, where it is taking on Mercado Libre successfully.
In the social networks we can see old acquaintances who, although they change their position on the list from year to year, remain among the main preferences. Because TikTok is banned in India and the country’s large population, apps like MX TakaTak and Josh have emerged to fill the gap in the short video social network. They broke in over the past year and stayed through 2021.
Regarding the food apps, a large part of the outstanding ones correspond to well-known big brands. The highlight of this year is the arrival of Too Good To Go to the world top. This app allows users to purchase food from local restaurants that would otherwise be thrown away at the end of the day, for a fraction of the cost it would normally have. The launch in new cities in the United States this year has been a great boost for the application, as reported from Apptopia.
This 2021 was a good year for the travel apps, which, with the gradual reactivation of cities and tourism, were boosted again, adapted to the new times. Most of these are globally known services.
Linking with the previous category, housing applications they also grew back during this year. The list is headed by Booking and Airbnb, two reference platforms for these cases.
Under a context in which cryptocurrencies have become more popular, during this year there were quite a few accumulated downloads of applications in this category. Last year, the top three apps added 18 million downloads and this year they combined 145 million.
As to payment apps, PayPal and Google Pay top the list, for their deployment and adoption throughout the world. The rest of the featured applications appear in the ranking as a reflection of their volume of users in their respective regions.
In the category of music and audio, Spotify continues to establish itself as the industry leader. The surprise was marked by an application that came to follow closely in his footsteps: Resso, which is owned by Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company. Resso launched in May 2019 and is available in Brazil, Indonesia, and India.
Between the health apps, highlights the arrival to the first place of Flo, an ovulation calendar that allegedly rose thanks to the launch of an app for Android smart watches. The rest are primarily fitness apps.
The dating apps they continue to be led by Tinder. Along with that, Match Group owns three of the most downloaded dating apps in the world, including Hinge and Plenty Of Fish. Additionally, Badoo and Bumble, which round out the next two podium spots, are owned by another parent company, MagicLab.
Between the business applications, the disappearance of Slack of the first preferences is striking. Zoom and Google Meet continue to mark the first preferences, although with a lower number of users compared to last year.
As with the previous category, despite topping the list, among the education apps It is observed that Google Classroom accumulates fewer downloads this year, compared to the height of the pandemic.