20 Most Popular Android Apps on Google Play Store – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

Many of the Android apps we recommend are not popular with the wider community. Of course, they’re all excellent – we wouldn’t suggest crappy apps – but you can often put them in the ‘niche’ category.

For something a little different, let’s take a step back and check out some of the most popular Android apps of all time on the Google Play Store. These are the ones that the 2.8 billion active Android users downloaded the most.


A note about stock Android apps

We will not include apps that come preinstalled on standard Android devices. That means we exclude Google Play Services (10 billion “downloads”), Gmail (9 billion), Google Maps (6.9 billion), YouTube (10 billion), and a few others. We also don’t include apps that come preinstalled on Samsung phones.

We used data from AndroidRank to determine the estimated downloads of these popular apps listed below. The numbers in parentheses indicate the change in placement as of July 2021, when we last updated this list.

1. WhatsApp (+1)

8.413 billion downloads

As of July 2018, WhatsApp was third with 2.9 billion downloads. In 2022 it jumped to first place.

WhatsApp – the world’s most popular instant messaging tool – has been owned by Facebook since a $19 billion buyout in early 2014. If you don’t feel like using a Facebook-owned messaging app, try one of the many WhatsApp alternatives.

Downloads: WhatsApp (free)

2.Facebook (-1)

6.95 billion downloads

Unsurprisingly, Facebook is the second most downloaded app in the world. Despite seemingly never-ending scandals, questionable privacy practices, and the #DeleteFacebook movement, it still reigns supreme and is one of the most popular Google Store apps.

Not everyone is happy, however, as this app has 76 million one-star reviews. Maybe it’s justified; The app is bloated with pointless features that few people use.

Downloads: Facebook (free, in-app purchases available)

3. Facebook Messenger (=)

5.67 billion downloads

Messenger’s presence in third place reinforces the control that Facebook’s empire has over the smartphone app marketplace. Messenger has grown in popularity in recent years, with the increasing availability of bots making the service more useful than ever. It was also in 3rd place in 2021 when we last published this list.

This app is now also safe for kids as you can easily change your kid’s information and use messenger sleep mode to avoid distractions while studying or sleeping.

Downloads: Facebook Messenger (free, in-app purchases available)

4. Instagram (=)

4.197 billion downloads

Instagram is another Facebook-owned app that the company acquired in 2012. It’s one of the most downloaded apps on the Play Store and has far fewer negative reviews than its big brother, at just 28 million (out of 121 million). to give the app a single star.


With the latest features like Instagram Reels, the app just got a lot more enjoyable!

Downloads: Instagram (free, in-app purchases available)

5. Garena Free Fire: Rampage (New)

1.2 billion downloads

Introduced in 2017, Garena Free Fire is a mobile battle royale game where players fight for survival on a shrinking land. The game begins with 50 players flying over an island in a plane. From the plane, players can jump where they want and find a safe place, as well as collect equipment to fight against the other players. The last person to survive on the island wins.

In addition, the game offers certain social features like adding new friends and chatting with them.

Downloads: Garena Free Fire (Free in-app purchases available)

6. Tiktok (-1)

2.843 billion downloads

TikTok’s continued growth shows no signs of slowing down. The app, which allows users to create and share short video clips, became very popular in the first half of 2020 when the COVID crisis forced people to stay at home.

It surpassed one billion downloads in July 2019 and more than doubled in the following two years. If you are a creator on the platform, there are several methods you can try to get more fans and followers on TikTok.

Downloads: TikTok (free, in-app purchases available)

7. Subway Surfer (-1)

1.438 billion downloads

We find our second game at number seven – and it’s still not Candy Crush Saga! Subway Surfers is an endless runner game in which you flee across a railroad track to escape from a policeman and his dog.

Downloads: Subway Surfers (Free in-app purchases available)

8. Candy Crush Saga (+7)

1.214 billion downloads

You probably thought Candy Crush Saga was the most popular game in RAW downloads, but it comes in third. Regardless, 1.2 billion Android users love to string different colored candies together. Maybe it’s time to find a new hobby?

Downloads: Candy Crush Saga (Free in-app purchases available)

9. Snapchat (+1)

1.523 billion downloads

Instagram may steal all of Snapchat’s best features, but the latter still manages to add more than 330 million daily users, up from 280 million 12 months ago.

However, as a percentage of total downloads on Android and iOS combined, that number remains low. Is it time to start thinking about the future of the app, or does the slight increase in rank hint at a potential revival?

Downloads: Snapchat (free, in-app purchases available)

10.Spotify (+7)

1.169 billion downloads

Perhaps surprisingly, it took Spotify until 2021 to break into the top 20 and has now shot up to number 10.

It’s another company that has benefited tremendously from the COVID pandemic, with paying users growing from 130 million to 160 million over the past 12 months. In fact, the number has more than doubled since early 2017.

It has a total of 420 million users.

Downloads: Spotify (free, subscription available)

11. UC Browser (New)

1.00 billion downloads

This free browser has been around for a long time and can be an excellent alternative to Chrome due to its high speed and ease of use. It supports extensions and offers a download manager that can help you save multiple files. It has a high average rating on the Play Store of 4.34.

Download UC Browser (Free)

12.Facebook Lite (-5)

2.537 billion downloads

And here we are again on Facebook. The Lite version of the app is aimed at users with low-end devices (with 1GB or 2GB RAM) and those who only have access to 2G data networks. There are a few subtle usability changes, but all the main features are there and work as expected.

Downloads: Facebook Lite (free)

13. Tweet (=)

1.440 billion downloads

It should come as no surprise that social media apps have multiple entries in the list of the most popular Play Store downloads.

Twitter is now the 8th most popular social app. It was third behind Facebook and Instagram in 2018, but Snapchat and TikTok have now overtaken it too.

Downloads: Twitter (free)

14. My Talking Tom (New)

1.017 billion downloads

A few years ago, My Talking Tom went viral and made “Tom” one of the most successful cartoon characters in the app market. The cat will talk after you and there are a number of things you can do with it such as: B. Feed them, bathe them and put them to sleep.

If you follow these steps regularly, you can also earn coins in the app, which you can use to buy food, clothes, and other items for the cat.

Downloads: My Talking Tom (Free)

15. SHAREit (-4)

2.039 billion downloads

It’s not just about social networks and games with popular Android apps. SHAREit is the first non-Google productivity app to make the list. The app provides a way to transfer large files between devices in seconds. According to the developer, it is over 200 times faster than Bluetooth.

Downloads: SHAREit (Free in-app purchases available)

16. Viber (-3)

1.048 million downloads

Viber offers instant messaging, video calls, group chats with 250 people and encrypted communication. The app is one of the most popular WhatsApp alternatives in Europe and North America, although Asian users still prefer LINE.

Downloads: Viber (free, in-app purchases available)

17.Netflix (-5)

1.665 billion downloads

Netflix now has almost 220 million subscribers. Thanks to COVID, it experienced a massive boost again in the course of 2020. The service’s mix of original content and old favorites has proven to be a recipe for success, though growth has slowly slowed as streaming competition mounts.

It is the only video-on-demand streaming app to make the top 20.

Downloads: Netflix (free, subscription required)

18. MX Player (New)

1.086 billion downloads

MX Player is the most downloaded Android media player with a bunch of useful features. It has a clean interface and supports almost all available codecs and formats. The app offers a free and a paid version. While the free version offers almost all features, you will have to put up with the ads. The paid version costs around $6.

Downloads: MX Player (free, premium version available)

19. Skype (-3)

1.124 billion downloads

Skype is a fallen giant. With the release of Windows 11, Skype is no longer preinstalled on the operating system for the first time in more than a decade. The division is closed as of August 2021, and it appears that Microsoft Teams is now the focus of the company. Expect it to drop out of the top 20 in 2023.

Downloads: skype (free)

20. Telegram (new)

1.48 billion downloads

Telegram originally launched in 2013 but rose to fame after people became concerned about their online privacy on one of its competitors’ apps. You can create multiple accounts in the app and access these accounts on different devices.

Although it works like its competitors, its most notable feature is end-to-end encryption. However, this feature is only available in the Secret Chats section, where the users are not allowed to take screenshots or forward the texts.

Telegram’s market-leading percentage was recorded in June 2022 at 6.70%.

Downloads: Telegram (free)

So what did we learn from this tour of the 20 most popular Android apps as of July 2022? Our conclusions are thus:


  • Claims of Facebook’s demise are always premature.
  • Entertainment subscriptions were the big winners; expect the trend to continue.
  • The online discussions about WhatsApp not being secure for personal information don’t seem to affect its ranking in the list.

So now you know what the most popular Android apps are. Have you installed them all on your smartphone?

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