The 100 Most Downloaded Android Apps from 2016 to 2021 So Far

Today, there are 2.89 million apps available for download on the Google Play Store, and the app market is going through a positive revolution with hundreds of new applications being introduced every day.

Then, which apps are the most popular ones all around the world?

In this post, we’ve done the work of putting together a list of the 100 most downloaded Android apps in Google Play Store from 2016 to 2021 so far. Hopefully, the list can help you pick the most popular apps in the world for you daily life.

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#App NameApp Initial Release DateDeveloper NameCompany NameCompany HQParent Company NameApp Category Name
1WhatsApp Messenger2012-01-18WhatsApp LLCWhatsAppUSFacebookSocial
2Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free2011-11-07FacebookFacebookUSFacebookSocial
3Facebook2011-12-15FacebookFacebookUSFacebookSocial
4Instagram2012-04-05InstagramInstagramUSFacebookSocial
5Facebook Lite2015-01-29FacebookFacebookUSFacebookSocial
6TikTok2015-07-10TikTok Pte. Ltd.TikTok Pte LtdSGByteDanceSocial
7Snapchat2012-10-29Snap IncSnapUSSnapSocial
8SHAREit – Transfer & Share2013-04-28Smart Media4U Technology Pte.Ltd.SHAREitSGSHAREitTools
9Google Play Games2013-07-24Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleEntertainment
10UC Browser-Secure, Free & Fast Video Downloader2012-01-05UCWeb Singapore Pte. Ltd.UCWebCNAlibaba GroupSocial
11Telegram2013-09-07Telegram FZ-LLCTelegramDETelegramSocial
12Spotify: Listen to podcasts & find music you love2014-05-27Spotify Ltd.SpotifySESpotifyMusic
13Netflix2011-12-15Netflix, Inc.NetflixUSNetflixEntertainment
14Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messages2016-10-03FacebookFacebookUSFacebookSocial
15MX Player2011-12-28MX Media (formerly J2 Interactive)MX PlayerINTimes GroupPhoto & Video
16Likee – Let You Shine2017-07-27LIKEME PTE.LTD.BIGOSGJOYY Inc.Social
17PicsArt Photo Editor: Pic, Video & Collage Maker2012-01-20PicsArtPicsArtUSPicsArtPhoto & Video
18Truecaller: Caller ID & spam blocking2012-05-31TruecallerTruecallerSETruecallerSocial
19ZOOM Cloud Meetings2013-01-25zoom.usZoom Video CommunicationsUSZoom Video CommunicationsBusiness
20Uber – Request a ride2012-01-28Uber Technologies, Inc.Uber TechnologiesUSUber TechnologiesTravel & Navigation
21B612 – Best Free Camera & Photo/Video Editor2014-10-08SNOW, Inc.SNOW, Inc.KRNAVERPhoto & Video
22imo free video calls and chat2011-10-13imo.imimo.imUSimo.imSocial
23Wish – Shopping Made Fun2012-07-28Wish Inc.ContextLogicUSContextLogicShopping
24Twitter2012-01-04Twitter, Inc.TwitterUSTwitterSocial
25Pinterest2012-08-15PinterestPinterestUSPinterestLifestyle
26Google Translate2012-01-04Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleTools
27Hotstar2015-01-06Novi DigitalStar IndiaINDisneyEntertainment
28AliExpress2012-09-29Alibaba MobileAlibabaCNAlibaba GroupShopping
29Clean Master – Antivirus, Applock & Cleaner2012-09-07Cheetah MobileCheetah MobileCNCheetah MobileTools
30YouTube Music – Stream Songs & Music Videos2015-11-12Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleMusic
31Roblox2014-06-17Roblox CorporationRobloxUSRobloxAdventure
32Microsoft Word: Write, Edit & Share Docs on the Go2015-01-05Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
33Skype – free IM & video calls2011-12-13SkypeSkypeLUMicrosoftSocial
34VivaVideo – Video Editor & Video Maker2013-03-23QuVideo Inc. Best Video Editor & Video Maker AppQuVideoCNQuVideoPhoto & Video
35MyJio: For Everything Jio2016-05-05Jio Platforms LimitedReliance JioINReliance IndustriesProductivity
36Google Meet – Secure Video Meetings2017-03-09Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleBusiness
37WhatsApp Business2017-10-09WhatsApp LLCWhatsAppUSFacebookSocial
38Google Pay: A safe & helpful way to manage money2017-09-19Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleFinance
39Opera Mini – fast web browser2014-11-23OperaOperaNOOperaSocial
40BIGO LIVE–Live Stream, Live Chat, Go Live2016-03-12BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD.BIGOSGJOYY Inc.Social
41Video Editor & Video Maker – InShot2014-03-05InShot Video EditorInShot IncCNInShot IncPhoto & Video
42TikTok2017-05-12TikTok Pte. Ltd.TikTok Pte LtdSGByteDancePhoto & Video
43Flipkart Online Shopping App2011-07-03FlipkartFlipkartINWalmartShopping
44JioTV – News, Movies, Entertainment, LIVE TV2016-05-04Jio Platforms LimitedReliance JioINReliance IndustriesEntertainment
45Viber Messenger – Free Video Calls & Group Chats2011-10-12Viber Media S.à r.l.Viber MediaCYRakutenSocial
46Google Photos2015-05-28Google LLCGoogleUSGooglePhoto & Video
47YouTube2011-12-16Google LLCGoogleUSGooglePhoto & Video
48BeautyPlus – Best Selfie Cam & Easy Photo Editor2013-07-14PIXOCIAL TECHNOLOGY (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.MeituCNMeituPhoto & Video
49KineMaster – Video Editor, Video Maker2013-12-27KineMaster CorporationKineMasterKRKineMasterPhoto & Video
50LINE: Free Calls & Messages2012-01-10LINE CorporationLINEJPLINESocial
51Super-Bright LED Flashlight2012-08-22ONE App Essentials.SurpaxUSSurpaxProductivity
52Amazon Prime Video2015-09-23Amazon Mobile LLCAmazonUSAmazonEntertainment
53Xender – Share Music&Video Status Saver Transfer2013-07-19Xender File Sharing TeamAnqi ZhilianCNAnqi ZhilianTools
54AppLock2012-01-29DoMobile LabDoMobileCNDoMobileTools
55TikTok Lite2018-10-29TikTok PTE.ltd.TikTok Pte LtdSGByteDanceSocial
56ShareChat – Made in India2014-12-19ShareChatShareChatINShareChatSocial
57Amazon Shopping – Search, Find, Ship, and Save2014-12-09Amazon Mobile LLCAmazonUSAmazonShopping
58Shazam: Discover songs & lyrics in seconds2012-01-24Apple, Inc.AppleUSAppleMusic
59Adobe Acrobat Reader: PDF Viewer, Editor & Creator2011-12-20AdobeAdobeUSAdobeProductivity
60UC Mini-Download Video Status & Movies2011-07-13UCWeb Singapore Pte. Ltd.UCWebCNAlibaba GroupSocial
61JioSaavn Music & Radio – JioTunes, Podcasts, Songs2016-06-10Saavn Media LimitedSaavnUSReliance IndustriesMusic
62Fun Race 3D2019-05-29Good Job GamesGood Job GamesTRGood Job GamesRacing
63PhonePe – UPI, Recharges, Investments & Insurance2016-08-30PhonePePhonePeINWalmartFinance
64Talking Tom Cat2011-11-03Outfit7 LimitedOutfit7CYJinke Culture – Outfit7Brain & Puzzle
65Paytm -UPI, Money Transfer, Recharge, Bill Payment2012-04-30Paytm – One97 Communications Ltd.PaytmINOne97Finance
66Amazon Shopping, UPI, Money Transfer, Bill Payment2014-12-11Amazon Mobile LLCAmazonUSAmazonShopping
67Microsoft Excel: View, Edit, & Create Spreadsheets2015-01-05Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
68Sweet Selfie Camera, Beauty & Filters Photo Editor2015-10-26Selfie Camera & Photo Editor & Beauty SnapUfotoCNUfotoPhoto & Video
69Smule: Social Karaoke Singing2012-12-28SmuleSmuleUSSmuleMusic
70Waze – GPS, Maps, Traffic Alerts & Live Navigation2011-09-12WazeWazeILGoogleTravel & Navigation
71Kwai – Watch cool and funny videos2018-03-02KWAIOneSmileCNOneSmilePhoto & Video
72Hago – let’s hang out! Game, Chat, Live2018-03-23Hago GamesHago GamesCNJOYY Inc.Social
73CM Launcher 3D – Themes, Wallpapers2014-12-04Cheetah Mobile IncCheetah MobileCNCheetah MobileTools
74Microsoft Outlook: Secure email, calendars & files2015-01-27Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
75YouTube Kids2015-02-22Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleEntertainment
76Microsoft PowerPoint: Slideshows and Presentations2015-01-05Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
77YouTube Go2017-02-07Google LLCGoogleUSGooglePhoto & Video
78ZEDGE™ Wallpapers & Ringtones2012-01-24ZedgeZedgeUSZedgeTools
79Discord – Talk, Video Chat & Hang Out with Friends2015-05-07Discord Inc.DiscordUSDiscordSocial
80Lazada –  Online Shopping App2013-06-08Lazada MobileLazadaSGAlibaba GroupShopping
81Bitmoji2014-07-30BitmojiEntertainment
82VMate2016-08-22VMate Inc.UCWebCNAlibaba GroupPhoto & Video
83Tinder – Dating, Make Friends and Meet New People2013-07-16TinderMatch GroupUSMatch GroupLifestyle
84CamScanner – Scanner to scan PDF2012-01-19INTSIG Information Co., Ltd.IntSigCNIntSigProductivity
85Security Master – Antivirus, VPN, AppLock, Booster2014-01-06Cheetah Mobile (AppLock & AntiVirus)Cheetah MobileCNCheetah MobileTools
86Gaana-Hindi Songs,India Bhajan,Tamil MP3 Music App2013-01-15Gamma Gaana LtdTimes InternetINTimes GroupMusic
87SnackVideo2019-08-07Joyo Technology Pte. Ltd.Joyo TechnologySGOneSmilePhoto & Video
88Helo – Discover, Share & Communicate2018-06-04Helo Holdings LimitedPOLIGONSGByteDanceSocial
89Google Duo – High Quality Video Calls2016-08-15Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleSocial
90SHEIN-Fashion Shopping Online2014-03-20ZOETOP BUSINESS CO., LIMITEDSheinCNSheinShopping
91SoundCloud – Play Music, Podcasts & New Songs2012-01-20SoundCloudSoundCloudDESoundCloudMusic
92QR & Barcode Scanner2015-03-12Gamma PlayGamma PlayHKGamma PlayTools
93VLC for Android2015-02-25VideolabsVideoLANFRVideoLANPhoto & Video
94Duolingo: Learn Languages Free2013-05-29DuolingoDuolingoUSDuolingoEducation
95FaceApp – Face Editor, Makeover & Beauty App2017-02-14FaceApp Technology LtdFaceAppRUFaceAppPhoto & Video
96VideoShow Video Editor, Video Maker, Photo Editor2013-08-31VideoShow EnjoyMobi Video Editor & Video Maker IncEnjoy MobiCNEnjoy MobiPhoto & Video
97Mercado Libre: compra fácil y rápido2012-01-30Mercado LibreMercadolibreARMercadolibreShopping
98Airtel Thanks – Recharge, Bill Pay, Bank, Live TV2012-08-18AirtelBharti AirtelINBharti AirtelProductivity
99Adobe Lightroom – Photo Editor & Pro Camera2015-01-13AdobeAdobeUSAdobePhoto & Video
100Wynk Music- New MP3 Hindi Tamil Song & Podcast App2014-09-22AirtelBharti AirtelINBharti AirtelMusic

Who developed these top 100 downloaded Android apps? It is shocked that 44% of the most downloaded android apps are created by USA developers and 18% of them are developer by Chinese companies.

If we calculated the Android apps downloaded by some Chinese App Store like V-Appstore, OPPO App Market Store, Huawei AppGallery,  and Xiaomi GetApps, Chinese developers may dominate the list.

According to the chart above, the top 100 list of most downloaded android apps were dominated by social apps and photo & video apps. It is not strange that social app is must-have, and photo and video apps are popular with the rising of TikTok.

Why the top 100 apps can be popular for many years?

If you take a close look at each of the app, you’ll find that they each stake a claim on a specific area of our lives by getting us to cultivate a habit. As time goes by, we cannot live without them.

This is the whole list of top 100 most downloaded Android apps. How many of them have been installed on your phone?

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