The 100 Most Downloaded iPhone Apps from 2016 to 2024 So Far

Back in 2009, when Apple launched the iPhone 3G and used the tagline “There’s an app for that,” little did they know just how big app marketplaces would grow.

Today, the Apple App Store has 2 million apps available. The app market is going through a revolution with hundreds of applications being introduced every day. Then, how to know which apps are the most popular ones for iPhone and iPad in the App Store with more than 2 million apps are available for you to download?

Here, we’ve rounded up a list of the 100 most downloaded iOS apps from 2016 to 2024 so far. These are the best iOS apps that you may have added to your iPhone and iPad.

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YouTube is the most downloaded iOS app while Meta-owned apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram still dominate the top 5 most-downloaded iPhone apps in the world.

#App NameApp Initial Release DateCompany NameCompany HQApp Category Name
1YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream2012-09-11GoogleUSPhoto and Video
2WhatsApp Messenger2009-05-04WhatsAppUSSocial Networking
3Instagram2010-10-06InstagramUSPhoto and Video
4Facebook2008-07-11MetaUSSocial Networking
5Messenger2011-08-09MetaUSSocial Networking
6Google Maps2012-12-13GoogleUSNavigation
7TikTok2014-04-02TikTok Pte LtdSGEntertainment
8Gmail – Email by Google2011-11-02GoogleUSProductivity
9Snapchat2011-07-13SnapUSPhoto and Video
12Google Chrome2012-06-28GoogleUSUtilities
13Spotify – Music and Podcasts2011-07-14SpotifySEMusic
14WeChat2011-01-21TencentCNSocial Networking
15Telegram Messenger2013-08-14TelegramAESocial Networking
17CapCut – Video Editor2020-04-14ByteDanceCNPhoto and Video
19Zoom – One Platform to Connect2012-08-15Zoom Video CommunicationsUSBusiness
20Uber – Request a ride2010-05-21Uber TechnologiesUSTravel
21Google Drive2012-06-28GoogleUSProductivity
22抖音2016-09-26Beijing Microlive VisionCNEntertainment
23拼多多 – 多多买菜,百亿补贴2015-10-26PDD HoldingsCNShopping
24Alipay – Simplify Your Life2009-10-15AlipayCNLifestyle
25淘宝 – 太好逛了吧2010-09-04TaobaoCNShopping
26SHEIN – Shopping Online2014-05-20SheinSGShopping
27Picsart AI Photo Video Editor2013-01-02PicsArtUSPhoto and Video
28Google Photos: Backup & Edit2015-05-28GoogleUSPhoto and Video
29QQ2011-06-23TencentCNSocial Networking
30Google Translate2011-02-08GoogleUSReference
31Microsoft Outlook2015-01-29MicrosoftUSProductivity
32Amazon Prime Video2012-07-31AmazonUSEntertainment
34Microsoft Word2014-03-27MicrosoftUSProductivity
36Amazon Shopping2008-12-03AmazonUSShopping
37Microsoft Teams2016-11-02MicrosoftUSBusiness
39小红书 – 你的生活指南2013-12-05XinginCNSocial Networking
40快手2011-07-02KuaishouCNPhoto and Video
41Discord – Chat, Talk & Hangout2015-05-20DiscordUSSocial Networking
42Shazam: Music Discovery2008-07-11AppleUSMusic
45Google Docs: Sync, Edit, Share2014-04-30GoogleUSProductivity
47Meitu- Photo Editor & AI Art2011-02-15MeituCNPhoto and Video
48Tinder: Dating, Chat & Friends2012-08-03Match GroupUSLifestyle
49Uber Eats: Food Delivery2015-12-09Uber TechnologiesUSFood and Drink
50Waze Navigation & Live Traffic2009-08-01WazeILNavigation
52交管121232016-01-24Ministry of Public SecurityCNLifestyle
54PayPal – Send, Shop, Manage2008-07-11PayPalUSFinance
55优酷视频-后浪  全网独播2010-03-13YoukuCNEntertainment
56Wish: Shop and Save2012-06-14ContextLogicUSShopping
57InShot – Video Editor2015-06-11InShot IncCNPhoto and Video
58Disney+2019-09-12DisneyUSEntertainment Hotels & Travel2010-04-14Booking.comNLTravel
60CamScanner – PDF Scanner App2010-08-28IntSigCNProductivity
61Duolingo – Language Lessons2012-11-13DuolingoUSEducation
62YouTube Music2015-11-12GoogleUSMusic
63iMovie2010-06-24AppleUSPhoto and Video
64TikTok ティックトック2017-05-31TikTok Pte LtdSGEntertainment
65SoundCloud: Discover New Music2009-11-03SoundCloudDEMusic
66剪映 – 轻而易剪2019-05-21MiantanCNPhoto and Video
67AliExpress Shopping App2011-05-27AlibabaCNShopping
68闲鱼 – 闲不住?上闲鱼!2013-06-06Alibaba GroupCNShopping
69饿了么-放心点,准时达2012-03-29ele.meCNFood and Drink
70微博2010-01-27SinaCNSocial Networking
72Google Sheets2014-04-30GoogleUSProductivity
74QQ音乐 – 听我想听2011-03-11TencentCNMusic
75Canva: Design, Photo & Video2014-10-15CanvaAUPhoto and Video
76LINE2011-06-20LINEJPSocial Networking
78DingDing – Make It Happen2014-12-02DingTalkCNBusiness
79Call of Duty®: Mobile2019-06-15Activision PublishingUSGames
80Skype2009-03-31SkypeLUSocial Networking
81网易云音乐-1亿正版曲库有声内容2013-01-24Cloud VillageCNMusic
82Twitch: Live Game Streaming2011-10-26Twitch InteractiveUSPhoto and Video
83Microsoft Excel2014-03-27MicrosoftUSProductivity
84LinkedIn: Network & Job Finder2008-08-20LinkedinUSBusiness
85Google Meet2016-08-17GoogleUSSocial Networking
86Adobe Acrobat Reader: Edit PDF2011-10-17AdobeUSBusiness
87快手极速版2019-08-16KuaishouCNPhoto and Video
88VSCO: Photo & Video Editor2013-06-06Visual SupplyUSPhoto and Video
92Dropbox: Cloud & Photo Storage2009-09-29DropboxUSProductivity
94Google Meet (original)2017-02-27GoogleUSBusiness
95得物 – 得到运动x潮流x好物2015-07-24ShizhuangCNSports
96iTunes U2012-01-19AppleUSEducation
99中国建设银行2010-10-18China Construction BankCNFinance

According to the chart above, the developers of top 100 iOS apps are mainly form USA and china, thanks to 65% Americans and 22% Chinese are using iPhone.

Most Downloaded iPhone Apps‘ Company HQ

iOS apps in Photo & Video, Productivity, Social, and shopping categories are most welcomed.

Most Downloaded iPhone Apps Category

However, when we analyzing the app initial release year, we found that no new entrant can threaten the dominance of more established tech companies. This would be a bad news for new developers.

Most Downloaded iPhone Apps Initial Release Year

This is the whole list of the 100 most downloaded iPhone apps from 2016 to 2021 so far.

Be sure to revisit this page from time to time. Cool new apps arrive on the App Store all the time, so we update this list as we make new discoveries. 

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