The 100 Most Downloaded iPhone Apps from 2016 to 2021 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 2021 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 Facebook-owned apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram still dominate the top 5 most-downloaded iPhone apps in the world.

#App NameApp Initial Release DateDeveloper NameCompany NameCompany HQParent Company NameApp Category Name
1YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream2012-09-11Google LLCGoogleUSGooglePhoto & Video
2Instagram2010-10-06Instagram, Inc.InstagramUSFacebookPhoto & Video
3Facebook2008-07-11Facebook, Inc.FacebookUSFacebookSocial
4WhatsApp Messenger2009-05-04WhatsApp Inc.WhatsAppUSFacebookSocial
5Messenger2011-08-09Facebook, Inc.FacebookUSFacebookSocial
6Google Maps – Transit & Food2012-12-13Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleTravel & Navigation
7Snapchat2011-07-13Snap, Inc.SnapUSSnapPhoto & Video
8Gmail – Email by Google2011-11-02Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleProductivity
9Netflix2010-04-01Netflix, Inc.NetflixUSNetflixEntertainment
10TikTok2014-04-02TikTok Pte. Ltd.TikTok Pte LtdSGByteDanceEntertainment
11Google Chrome2012-06-28Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleTools
12Spotify: Discover new music2011-07-14Spotify Ltd.SpotifySESpotifyMusic
14Google2008-07-11Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleTools
15Twitter2009-10-09Twitter, Inc.TwitterUSTwitterNews & Magazines
16Uber – Request a ride2010-05-21Uber Technologies, Inc.Uber TechnologiesUSUber TechnologiesTravel & Navigation
18ZOOM Cloud Meetings2012-08-15ZoomZoom Video CommunicationsUSZoom Video CommunicationsBusiness
19手机淘宝 – 淘到你说好2010-09-04Taobao (China) Software CO.,LTDTaobaoCNAlibaba GroupShopping
20Alipay – Simplify Your Life2009-10-15Alipay (Hangzhou) Technology Co., Ltd.AlipayCNAnt Financial Services GroupLifestyle
21Google Drive2012-06-28Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleProductivity
22PicsArt Photo & Video Editor2013-01-02PicsArt, Inc.PicsArtUSPicsArtPhoto & Video
23QQ2011-06-23Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company LimitedTencentCNTencentSocial
24抖音2016-09-26Beijing Microlive Vision Technology Co., LtdBeijing Microlive VisionCNByteDancePhoto & Video
25拼多多 – 多多买菜,百亿补贴2015-10-26上海寻梦信息技术有限公司XunmengCNXunmengShopping
26Google Translate2011-02-08Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleBooks & Reference
28Google Photos2015-05-28Google LLCGoogleUSGooglePhoto & Video
29Wish – Shopping Made Fun2012-06-14ContextLogic Inc.ContextLogicUSContextLogicShopping
30腾讯视频-长歌行-正在热播2012-09-21Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company LimitedTencentCNTencentEntertainment
32Telegram Messenger2013-08-14Telegram FZ-LLCTelegramDETelegramSocial
33百度2010-08-30Beijing Baidu Netcom Science & Technology Co.,LtdBaiduCNBaiduTools
34iMovie2010-06-24AppleAppleUSApplePhoto & Video
35Microsoft Word2014-03-27Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
36Microsoft Outlook2015-01-29Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
38Amazon Shopping2008-12-03AMZN Mobile LLCAmazonUSAmazonShopping
39Shazam: Music Discovery2008-07-11Shazam Entertainment Ltd.Shazam EntertainmentGBAppleMusic
40Amazon Prime Video2012-07-31AMZN Mobile LLCAmazonUSAmazonEntertainment
41优酷-号手就位全网独播 Inc.YoukuCNAlibaba GroupEntertainment
42京东-不负每一份热爱2011-01-31Beijing Jingdong Century Trading Co., Ltd.JD.comCNJD.comShopping
43美团-干啥都省钱2011-03-13美团SankuaiCNMeituan DianpingLifestyle
44iTunes U2012-01-19AppleAppleUSAppleEducation
45Uber Eats: Food Delivery2015-12-09Uber Technologies, Inc.Uber TechnologiesUSUber TechnologiesFood & Drink
46Tinder – Dating New People2012-08-03Tinder Inc.Match GroupUSMatch GroupLifestyle
47SoundCloud – Music & Audio2009-11-03SoundCloud Global Limited & Co KGSoundCloudDESoundCloudMusic
48Google Docs: Sync, Edit, Share2014-04-30Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleProductivity
50Waze Navigation & Live Traffic2009-08-01Waze Inc.WazeILGoogleTravel & Navigation
51高德地图-精准地图,导航打车出行必备2011-09-08AutoNavi Information Technology Co. Ltd.AutoNaviCNAlibaba GroupTravel & Navigation
52SHEIN-Fashion Shopping Online2014-05-20Shein Group LtdSheinCNSheinShopping
53InShot – Video Editor2015-06-11InstaShot Inc.InShot IncCNInShot IncPhoto & Video
54快手2011-07-02Beijing Kwai Technology Co., Ltd.OneSmileCNOneSmilePhoto & Video
55Skype for iPhone2009-03-31Skype Communications S.a.r.lSkypeLUMicrosoftSocial
56Meitu2011-02-15Xiamen Meitu Technology Co., Ltd.MeituCNMeituPhoto & Video
57AliExpress Shopping App2011-05-27AlibabaAlibabaCNAlibaba GroupShopping
58Weibo2010-01-27SINA Corporation (Nasdaq: SINA)SinaCNSinaSocial
60Discord – Talk, Chat, Hang Out2015-05-20Discord, Inc.DiscordUSDiscordSocial
61WiFi万能钥匙-Wi-Fi安全一键连2015-01-13Nanjing LinkWiFi Network Technology Co., Ltd.LINKSURECNLINKSURETools
63YouTube Music2015-11-12Google LLCGoogleUSGoogleMusic
64VSCO: Photo & Video Editor2013-06-06Visual Supply CompanyVisual SupplyUSVisual SupplyPhoto & Video
65小红书 – 标记我的生活2013-12-05XinginXinginCNXinginSocial
66PayPal: Mobile Cash2008-07-11PayPal, Inc.PayPalUSPayPalFinance Hotels & Travel2010-04-14Booking.comBooking.comNLBooking HoldingsTravel & Navigation
68Layout from Instagram2015-03-23Instagram, Inc.InstagramUSFacebookPhoto & Video
69Dropbox: Cloud Storage, Backup2009-09-29Dropbox, Inc.DropboxUSDropboxProductivity
70闲鱼 – 闲不住?上闲鱼!2013-06-06Taobao (China) Software CO.,LTDTaobaoCNAlibaba GroupShopping
71LINE2011-06-23LINE CorporationLINEJPLINESocial
72酷狗音乐-6000万正版曲库2011-11-01KuGou Technology CO. , LTDKuGouCNTencentMusic
73QQ音乐 – 让生活充满音乐2011-03-11Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company LimitedTencentCNTencentMusic
74Microsoft Teams2016-11-02Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftBusiness
75DiDi – Greater China2012-10-02Beijing XiaoJu Technology Co., Ltd.Beijing Xiaoju TechnologyCNBeijing Xiaoju TechnologyTravel & Navigation
76CamScanner-PDF Scanner App2010-08-28INTSIG Information Co.,LtdIntSigCNIntSigProductivity
77Airbnb2010-11-10Airbnb, Inc.AirbnbUSAirbnbTravel & Navigation
78全民K歌-你其实很会唱歌2014-09-09Tencent Technology (Shanghai) Co., LtdTencentCNTencentEntertainment
79Duolingo – Language Lessons2012-11-13DuolingoDuolingoUSDuolingoEducation
80百度网盘-释放手机空间2013-01-20Beijing Duyou Science and Technology Co.,Ltd.BaiduCNBaiduProductivity
81QQ Mail2011-10-24Tencent Mobile International LimitedTencentCNTencentTools
82交管121232016-01-24公安部交通管理科学研究所Ministry of Public SecurityCNMinistry of Public SecurityLifestyle
85Microsoft Excel2014-03-27Microsoft CorporationMicrosoftUSMicrosoftProductivity
86今日头条2012-08-01Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., Ltd.ByteDanceCNByteDanceNews & Magazines
87苏宁易购-嗨购五一2011-03-21Suning Commerce Group Co.,Ltd.SuningCNSuningShopping
88Facetune2 Editor by Lightricks2016-11-15Lightricks Ltd.LightricksILLightricksPhoto & Video
89Call of Duty®: Mobile2019-06-15Activision Publishing, Inc.Activision PublishingUSActivision BlizzardGames
90饿了么-美食外卖,首选饿了么2012-03-29Shanghai Rajax Information Technology Co., Ltd.ele.meCNAlibaba GroupFood & Drink
91Viber Messenger: Chats & Calls2010-12-02Viber Media SARL.Viber MediaCYRakutenSocial
92Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF Maker2011-10-17Adobe Inc.AdobeUSAdobeBusiness
93eBay – Buy and sell on the go2008-07-11eBay Inc.eBayUSeBayShopping
94Faceu激萌-你就这么好看2015-09-14深圳市脸萌科技有限公司MiantanCNByteDancePhoto & Video
95钉钉2014-12-02DingTalk (China) Information Technology Co., Ltd.DingTalkCNAlibaba GroupBusiness
96Twitch: Live Game Streaming2011-10-26Twitch Interactive, Inc.Twitch InteractiveUSAmazonPhoto & Video
97QQ浏览器-查看文件更便捷2010-06-16Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company LimitedTencentCNTencentTools
98携程旅行-订酒店机票火车票2010-07-09Shanghai Ctrip Commerce Co.,LtdCtripCNCtripTravel & Navigation
100中国建设银行2010-10-18中国建设银行China Construction BankCNChina Construction BankFinance

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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