TikTok skyrocketed to phenomenal levels of adoption in 2020 as pandemic lockdowns kept mobile users looking for ways to entertain themselves at home.
Back then 400 apps that cater to TikTok debuted on the App Store and Google Play.
This number has now risen to 900 apps, according to Sensor Tower, highlighting the phenomenal success TikTok has experienced and the hunger of users looking for more content surrounding it.
To date, TikTok has been installed 3 billion times worldwide.
Collectively, the 900 apps that support TikTok functionalities and extend it have attracted 40% of TikTok’s number of installs.
Around half of them focus on video downloads, that is they enable users to download TikTok videos.
The rise in these apps is largely driven by higher demand for sharing videos across multiple platforms.
The second largest category of apps provides analytics on followers and hashtags, representing 21% of the 900 apps.
Around 6% of them launched from competitors that are looking to reach similar levels of engagement for their own apps.
It’s clear that developers have made the most of the boom in TikTok interest but at the same time news app launches have slowed in 2021.
That said, niche apps such as aggregators continue to pop up.