And the top downloaded apps in 2021 were…

Anne Freer | January 12, 2022

App Business

The chart of the top 10 most downloaded apps globally in 2021 was led by TikTok, Instagram and Facebook, according to the latest data from mobile app insights experts Apptopia.

For anyone following app rankings throughout the year, these findings will come as little surprise. But a glance at the charts revealed that ByteDance managed to secure a top spot for two of its apps in 2021 with TikTok and Capcut.

Among the most downloaded games worldwide were Subway Surfers, Roblox and Bridge Race. Among Us was a breakout hit during the pandemic but has since dropped a few spots in the ranking, showing that it’s hard to remain at the top.

Apptopia also released an overview of the top downloaded entertainment apps with Netflix, YouTube and Google Play Games securing the top three spots.

Adam Lewinson, CCO of Tubi which came sixth explained that free streaming had seen massive growth in 2021.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this list, due in part to Tubi Originals debuting earlier in the year and experiencing tremendous success with these popular titles […] Tubi’s original titles complement our growing library of 35,000 premium movies and television series across Black Cinema, Spanish language, kids and family, LGBTQ+, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and Western genres, making it a streaming destination that has something for everyone.”

Shopee, SHEIN and Meesho led the charts for top shopping apps pushing Amazon into the fourth spot.

The full breakdown of apps including entertainment, travel, delivery and more can be viewed here.

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