The A - Z Of Most Downloaded Apps In May 2020

Covid-19 has been a great deal for all of us since March 2020. Now all that we are left with is our mobile phones and our idleness. The trend of downloading apps in 2020 has been a little different than before, especially after the lockdown worldwide and many people are connecting online through various apps. The most downloaded apps in May 2020 are listed below:

  •  Zoom
  •  TikTok
  •  YouTube
  •  Facebook
  •  Google Meet
  •  Instagram
  •  Messenger
  •  WhatsApp
  •  Gmail
  •  Microsoft Team

The list of top 10 apps downloaded from App Store or Google Play Store was listed by Sensor Tower.

list of top 10 apps downloaded from App Store or Google Play Store was listed by Sensor Tower.
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It has been an edgy time for App Developers as they are pushing themselves on daily basis trying to improve and increasing their user-base.  Apps have been one of the reasons why smartphones are used more than half of our days. The apps not only enhance your phones but they make your phones and tablets smart, in functionality and features. The app market is going through a positive revolution with hundreds of new applications being introduced every day.


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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 now, and one and only actual way to reach those people is creating a mobile app for your business.

According to survey, the top 10 list of most downloaded apps was dominated by communication apps and it’s a shock that it isn’t a gaming app.

Three lists were generated by Sensor Tower naming:

  • Overall Downloads
  •  App Store Downloads
  •  Google Play Downloads

It’s been a shock to me that an app which faced a lot of criticism for half of the month was listed at top in 2 lists of Overall downloads and Google Play downloads.
top 10 most downloaded apps in may 2020
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1. TikTok

TikTok was the most downloaded app. With over 111.9 million downloads, TikTok has seen huge increase in growth which is twice more than what it was seen in 2019. 20% of its total downloads were found to be in India, and around 9.3% of the total downloads were in the US.

It’s funny that after India comes to a conclusion with China , we are also on our way to boycott #boycottchineseapps.

2. Zoom

Zoom was the second most installed app in the Overall downloads. It ranked first in the Apple Store Downloads, and third in the Google Play Downloads. 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 huge exponential growth of Zoom, makes a lot of sense because of the lockdowns implemented all over the world due to COVID-19 pandemic. Offices and educational institutes were shut down and to keep working and studying from home, people relied heavily on Zoom because of its user-accessibility.

3. WhatsApp

It is ranked third in overall downloads and with more than 100 billion+ downloads. It is one of the most popular and widely used chat applications that also supports communication between international phone networks.

4.   Facebook

It is ranked fourth in overall downloaded list. It is the world’s most popular social networking application. The Facebook app is used almost everywhere in the world, for social and business communications.

5.  Messenger

Facebook Messenger managed to be the fifth most downloaded app overall, followed by Aargoya Setu, Google Meet, and Netflix. While it stood seventh in the Apple Store Downloads.

6.   Instagram

Instagram was found to be standing on the sixth position in the most downloaded apps in all categories.

7.   Google Meet

Fifth ranked Google based application was used after Zoom for attending online meetings, and classrooms.

8.   Aarogya Setu

Aarogya Setu is an Indian open-source cross-platform CoVID-19 . 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 if you are a citizen of India.

9.   YouTube

It is a video viewing and sharing application which can work on mobile and desktop devices. The app has some additional features such as offline downloading. YouTube is the biggest host of videos on the planet and offers monetization options to users.

10.  Snapchat

It is a social networking cum messaging application that can only be used through a dedicated mobile application. This app allows users to chat with other Snapchat users and send snaps in form of images, videos, bitmojis.

Unlike usual, this time Microsoft Teams also made it to the list of most downloaded apps, the tenth most downloaded app worldwide.


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**These estimates by the Sensor Tower Store Intelligence platform include the downloads of all these apps worldwide between 1st May 2019 to 31st May 2020. These estimates include only unique installs and do not include Apple apps and Google pre-installed apps.

10 Most Downloaded Games on Google Play Store

  • Ludo King
  • Garena Free Fire: Wonderland
  • Scale
  • Perfect Cream
  • Subway Surfers
  • Garden Scapes
  • Slap Kings
  • Worm Zones.io- Voracious Snake
  • Hunter Assassin
  • Woodturning

In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to use the best one, but 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.

 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.
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An overview of the top five ranked most downloaded apps in all stores and categories shows the trend that people were leaning towards during this period. Most apps are seen as dramatic surge in popularity and growth during the months when lockdown and shelter-at-home policies were implemented globally.

Though a lot of industries are impacted in a sheer negative way and they had to take necessary steps during lockdown, the mobile apps and games developers have gained from being totally digital and fully available from home, which makes it very accessible these days compared to lots of other services.

However, a challenge is definitely coming for these apps with the end of the quarantine in terms of user retention.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

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