Top 10+ Most Downloaded Apps of 2019 That You Must Be Having on Your Phone

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Top 10+ Most Downloaded Apps of 2019 That You Must Be Having on Your Phone

Whether we talk about Google Play or App Store, there are millions of apps available for download. Yes, there’s an app for chatting, for learning, for gaming, and many more to make our life simpler. And, you know what if you haven't already guessed by that number, then there is an app for everything!

No wonder that all this sounds glorious, but at the same time, there are so many (and we mean many many) apps that are just cheap gimmick to show ads and earn money. So, how do you judge an app to be worth it in this undifferentiated jungle of applications? Well, the answer is very simple. We all know there is huge power in numbers. Hence, you can easily tell if an app is trustworthy by the number of downloads it has.

You might be wondering how to check the number of downloads of each app for a better choice. Well, don’t worry! Here we are with a list of the top 12 most downloaded apps - Android as well as iOS, based on Q1 2019 Data Digest Report by Sensor Tower. Let’s scroll the list one by one.

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Top 12 Most Downloaded Apps Worldwide Based on Q1 2019 Data Digest Report 

1. WhatsApp

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And obviously no. 1 app which is downloaded most and that too worldwide is WhatsApp. It is an instant messaging app for Android, IoS, as well as other smartphone users. In 2009, the app was launched by ex-Yahoo employees as a small start-up.

But, it gained popularity so rapidly that the makers of the application added an annual charge for using the service of the app to reduce the number of subscriptions. Later, the app was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014.

Initially, this app was started just like a chat messenger, but now it's also used for sharing media, audio, files, and even for video calling. In fact, because of its features such as group chat, location sharing, and voice messaging, the app has gained huge popularity among teenagers.

Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars

App Store rating:  4.6/5 stars 

Availability: iOS, Android


2. Facebook Messenger

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After WhatsApp, it is Messenger, a Facebook-owned messaging application, which is in the second position. In 2011, the company launched a Facebook Messenger, which allowed users to stay connected with their friends via chats, as they want, individually or in groups rather than sending simple text messages. However, it was 2008 when the company first came up with the idea of Facebook chat.

Apart from group chats and video calls, the recent updates of Messenger also offer users to play video games like Solitaire, 8 Ball Pool, and Bingo and compete with their friends well. Moreover, while making video calls, the app has also added features such as masks, filters, and emojis.

Google Play Rating: 4.2/5 stars

App Store rating: 4.2/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android

3. TikTok

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Every second person we meet is on TikTok. Yes, it is that famous now as it encourages the best TikTok challenges almost every day. It is a social media video app on both iOS and Android platforms, for creating and sharing short lip-sync comedy and talent videos. In 2017, the app was first launched for markets outside of China by Chinese developer ByteDance.

In the first half of 2018 only, TikTok surpassed the downloads recorded by PUBG Mobile, YouTube, and Instagram and became one of the world's most downloaded apps with an estimated 100 million downloads. Studies have shown that short videos in China have gone up by 94.79 million and that too in just one year.

Google Play Rating: 4.2/5 stars

App Store rating: 5/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android


4. Facebook

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No surprise that the Facebook app, one of the Friendship Applications, is bound to be on everyone’s smartphone as it continues to be the king of social media. In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched this social media platform, which enables people to upload and share photos, media, videos,  news and other interesting content with friends and family, as well as maintain a friends list, create events, groups, and pages, and stream their live videos.

At first, the app was introduced to connect with long-lost friends, but now, it has evolved so much and has become one of the most powerful tools to advertise products directly to the target audience. Even there are several hidden tips and tricks of Facebook that one can learn to make the most out of it. Especially, the platform has become a vehicle for both small and big businesses for social media marketing.

Google Play Rating: 4.2/5 stars

App Store rating: 3.5/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android


5. Instagram

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At first, Instagram was launched in 2010. But later in 2012, Facebook acquired it for $1 billion, and it became another social networking site owned by Facebook. If we talk about popularity, Instagram may behind facebook in no. of downloads but is surely more popular than Facebook. Initially, it was just an app that we can call a photo-sharing social media platform to share personal pictures as well as videos that can be edited with filters, tags, captions, and location information.

But further with the updates, it has been adding features like polls, emoji sliders, sharing stories, and question-asking, and more recently, the app has included a video tagging feature. Besides all, two more features are there which are introduced by Instagram and became quite popular: Hyperlapse (to enable hyper-lapsed and time-lapsed videos) and Boomerang (to create short video loops).

When it comes to digital marketing through ads and tools, the app presents a spectrum of opportunities in social media. Plus, if we talk about the facts, Instagram posts get 120 times more engagement than Twitter and 58 times more than Facebook. And, as marketers always look for better ROI for their business, they are falling in love with the platform.

Google Play Rating: 4.4/5 stars

App Store rating: 4.7/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android


6. SHAREit

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After social media apps on top, it’s SHAREit,  which also comes under the most downloaded category. SHAREit is a technology company established in April 2015, and Michael Qiu is the CEO of the company. One can use this app to transfer files, including videos, photos, contacts, music, apps, and any other files. Moreover, the application allows Windows, Android, Windows Phone, and iOS devices to transfer files directly.

And, as its best feature, it helps to send content 40 times faster than Bluetooth and is safer than the USB or cloud.

Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars

App Store rating: 3.6/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android

7. YouTube

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Despite being in the 6th position, YouTube is one of the most used and most popular video platforms. People like it most because it allows users to watch, download, share videos, and subscribe channels and has content for almost every age group. Like recently, an online competition between two YouTube channels (PewDiePieand T-Series) took place where T-Series emerged as the first-ever YouTube channel to hit 100 million subscribers.

Initially, it was launched by three former PayPal employees in 2005 then further was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6 billion.

It has pretty much every type of entertaining and educational content ranging from music and cartoons or comedy shows for teens to how-to guides, recipes, and hacks for adults. In fact, along with being able to watch videos of our choice on it, the platform also grants us the opportunity to create our video channel and upload our videos.

Hence now, YouTube is not only used for entertainment but has also become a platform for us to showcase our talents and businesses & markets to advertise their services and products.

Besides that, signing into YouTube on mobile phones allows users to access friends’ activity, channel subscriptions, and recommendations. Moreover, just like the desktop or laptop experience, the video platform lets users comment, subscribe, and share the videos via mobile as well.

Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars

App Store rating: 4.6/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android


8. Likee

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Created by Bigo, Likee is an app quite similar to TikTok with little differences. Available for iOS and Android operating systems, it is a Singapore-based short video creation & sharing platform. It was introduced in July 2017 only still it is one of the world's most popular short video apps and that too in a very short period. The popularity of the platform has grown rapidly in many countries like India, Indonesia, the US, Russia, Brazil, etc.

There are several unique features available in the app, like magical video editing tools, including special effects, stickers, music magic filters, beauty cameras, and face morph. Hence all these tools let users create or make a magical and amazing short video easily even without much effort. Plus, through People Nearby function, Likee also supports watching live broadcast and making friends.

And, the most special feature it offers is that the users who are not so interested in making videos can also download the app as they have the chance to earn money by liking, sharing or simply watching the videos of people creating videos on the app. Yes, and the money you earn there is transferred to your Paytm Account directly.

Google Play Rating: 4.5/5 stars

App Store rating: 4.7/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android



9. Netflix

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Netflix is one amazing entertainment platform, and a subscription-based video-on-demand app can be accessed easily. Yes, to watch movies and TV shows on your smartphone, it is the world’s foremost subscription service for users. 

The best thing about this mobile app is if it offers you the best experience anytime, anywhere. Yes, and it's not just an entertainment app, but it also allows people to earn money by a feature called “Netflix Tagger.” And as it provides a wide variety of movies, shows, and genres to choose from, the majority of millennials find Netflix better than any other video-on-demand app.

There are more than 151 million paid subscribers of Netflix and that too worldwide.

Google Play Rating: 4.5/5 stars

App Store rating: 3.9/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android

10 .Snapchat

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Snapchat, launched in 2011, is an application for smartphone users, which is most popular among teens as well as tweens. It is not so complex as the app enables you to share simple everyday moments with your friends or connections and add awesome filters to them.

Most importantly, the messages and photos shared on Snapchat automatically disappear after a short period, unlike other social media apps where your uploads are recorded and visible to everyone. 

At first, the app was just focused on person-to-person,  private photo sharing, but now with the further upgrades, one can use it for a variety of different tasks, for example, live video chatting, sending short videos, creating emojis (such as 3-dimensional, animated Bitmoji avatars), and sharing a chronological story.

Besides all that, the other unique features of the app include news, quizzes, games, entertainment, and innovative photos & video-editing tools.

Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars

App Store rating: 3.7/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android


11. Spotify

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Spotify, launched on 7 October 2008, is known as the best music streaming app with unique features. There are two ways you can use this app, one is an ad-supported free version, and the other is Spotify premium membership, which removes ads and also provides additional features like offline mode for songs download, especially when you are unable to stream.

Initially, in 2008, Spotify was just opened for a limited number of users in Europe. It means the app opens for only those who have a paid subscription for it. But later in 2011, Spotify was launched in the U.S. for all listeners. 

According to the reports, the Spotify app is used in 65 countries, has 159 million active users, including 71 million who pay for Spotify Premium. Hence we can say the app has now turned out to be the biggest streaming platform in the entire world.

Google Play Rating: 4.5/5 stars

App Store rating: 4.7/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android


12. UC Browser

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UC Browser was first developed by a Singapore-China mobile-based internet company, UC Web, but now owned by "Alibaba Group." It is a free and multifunctional browser for Android and iOS both and enables us to play hot India games in Game Center. Also, it helps you download videos onto your device at lightning speed.

It attains functionalities such as Fast Download, Ad-Block functionality, Data Saving, and helps you access video, music, cricket information with smooth experience. Recently added, the cricket channel is hot on UC Browser. 

Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars

App Store rating: 3.8/5 stars

Availability: iOS, Android

So, here we have seen the 12 most downloaded apps of 2019! So start exploring the overwhelming world of mobile apps and find one that best suits your needs. 

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