Covid-19 has brought a great deal of troubles for all of us since March 2020. During this time, mobile phones have been the solution for the idleness and restlessness caused from staying indoors. The trend of downloading apps has seen a drastic change in 2020 as compared to the previous years; our smartphones are stuffed with all kinds of apps like never before. The most downloaded apps on play store 2020 are:
- Google Meet
- Microsoft Team
The list of top 10 apps downloaded from App Store or Google Play Store was provided by Sensor Tower.
It has been an edgy time for App Developers as they are pushing themselves on daily basis to improve and increase their user-base. The app market is going through a revolution with hundreds of applications being introduced every day; this behavior is evident from the top apps worldwide by downloads in 2020.
App development is beneficial not only for monetary purposes but also to extend the reach of a business/website to the mobile users. Billions of us throughout the globe are using smartphone devices at the moment. And the best way to create awareness among the masses is by creating a mobile app for your business.
According to a survey, the top 10 list of most downloaded apps in May 2020 was dominated by communication apps; it’s a shock that some gaming app didn't top the charts.
Three lists were generated by Sensor Tower comprising:
- Overall Downloads
- App Store Downloads
- Google Play Downloads
It’s been a shock that an app which faced a lot of criticism for half of the month was listed at top in the lists of Overall downloads and Google Play downloads.
Number of Apps in Each Category of Downloads 2020
|Number of Installs||Number of Applications|
|1 – 5 billion||30|
|500 million – 1 billion||57|
|500,000 – 1 million||21,795|
|100,000 – 500,000||88,080|
|50,000 – 100,000||51,585|
|10,000 – 50,000||83,660|
Top 10 Most Downloaded Apps In 2020
TikTok was the most downloaded app. With over 111.9 million downloads, TikTok has seen a huge growth in 2020, twice more than what it witnessed in 2019. 20% of its total downloads were from India and around 9.3% of the total downloads were in the US.
Zoom was the second most installed app in the overall downloads category. It ranked first in the Apple Store downloads segment and third in Google Play downloads. With nearly 94.6 million installs, Zoom is the most used app for online meetings and virtual classrooms. 17% of its downloads were in the US and India.
This exponential growth of Zoom makes a lot of sense because of the lockdowns implemented all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices and educational institutes were shut down and to continue working and studying from home, people relied heavily on Zoom for video conferencing and calling.
WhatsApp is ranked third in overall downloads with more than 100 billion+ downloads. It is one of the most popular and widely used chat applications; WhatsApp also supports communication between international phone networks.
It is ranked fourth in the overall downloaded list. Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking application. The Facebook app is used almost everywhere for social and business communications.
Facebook Messenger managed to be the fifth most downloaded app overall and was followed by Aargoya Setu, Google Meet, and Netflix. It stood seventh in Apple Store downloads.
Instagram was at the sixth position in the most downloaded apps in all categories. This social media application has been of great help to dropshipping businesses during COVID-19.
7. Google Meet
Fifth ranked Google Meet was sought after for attending online meetings and classrooms.
8. Aarogya Setu
Aarogya Setu is an open-source cross-platform for managing CoVID-19 in India. The "Contact tracing, Syndromic mapping and Self-assessment" digital service is primarily a mobile app developed by the National Informatics Centre (under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology). The app reached 100 million installs in 40 days. It is ranked eighth in the order because it's a mandatory app to have if you are a citizen of India.
YouTube is a video viewing and sharing application which can work on mobile and desktop devices. The app has some additional features like offline downloading. YouTube is the biggest host of videos on the planet and offers monetization options to content creators.
Snapchat is a social networking cum messaging application that can be used only through a mobile app. It allows users to chat with other Snapchat users and send snaps in the form of images, videos, and emojis.
Microsoft Teams also made it to the list of most downloaded apps, being the tenth most downloaded app worldwide.
**These estimates by the Sensor Tower Store Intelligence platform include the downloads of all these apps worldwide between 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2020. These estimates include only unique installs and do not include pre-installed Apple apps and Google apps.
10 Most Downloaded Games on Google Play Store in 2020
- Ludo King
- Garena Free Fire: Wonderland
- Perfect Cream
- Subway Surfers
- Garden Scapes
- Slap Kings
- Worm Zones.io- Voracious Snake
- Hunter Assassin
So many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to identify the best one and if you are planning to develop your own app, be sure to check out the most used apps in the world to get an idea of what actually works in the market.
An overview of the top five most downloaded apps 2020 in all stores and categories shows the trend that people were leaning towards during this period. Most apps have seen a dramatic surge in popularity and growth during the months when lockdown and shelter-at-home policies were implemented globally.
Though a lot of industries had to bear the brunt of financial and economical lapses due to COVID-19, mobile apps and games developers have gained by being digital. Digital products are easily accessible and not affected much by physical restrictions when compared to lots of other services. A challenge for these apps with the end of the quarantine would be user retention.
Most Downloaded Apps 2020 - FAQs
Which is the most downloaded app in the world?
Facebook is the most downloaded application worldwide. It is the world’s most popular social networking application. The Facebook app is used almost everywhere for social and business communication.
What is the most downloaded app in 2020?
In the first month of 2020, TikTok managed to supersede WhatsApp as the most downloaded app in the world according to the data collected by SensorTower. The ban on Tiktok has removed it from the top 10 most downloaded apps in 2020. WhatsApp remains the most downloaded app on Play Store 2020.
What are the top 10 most downloaded apps 2020?
Zoom, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Google Meet, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail, and Microsoft Teams.
Which game is the most downloaded app ever?
"Subway Surfers" was the most downloaded mobile game of the decade with 1.5 billion downloads.
Which are the most downloaded apps during the quarantine?
Aarogya Setu, Zoom, WhatsApp, Tiktok, Ludo, Google Pay, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Youtube, and Snapchat.