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Top 10 Most Used Mobile Apps in the World { Latest Update}

In this article, we are sharing a curated list of the Top 10 popular mobile applications that people are using mostly in 2021-22. The mobile app market continues to evolve and grow. The competition is certainly fierce between mobile industry business rivals.

As per Comscore’s yearly U.S. portable applications report, 57 percent of Americans spend more than the ever-changing need and tastes of users all of their digital media consumption time on mobile apps.

To acquire a good engagement from mobile apps, businesses should focus on developing an app that is able to offer a unique User Experience.  

As per statista, In the first quarter of 2022, users downloaded approximately 28.3 billion apps from Google Play store and the number is going up at a higher pace. 

The play store and app store are flooded with a wider range of apps depending upon purposes such as business, entertainment, social media, education, games, and so on built to make life easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately, most of these apps fail and get uninstalled in just a few weeks of download. Only a few of them stand out from the crowd. Wondering about those winning apps?

Emphasizing the same, in this article, we have gathered the top 10 brilliant mobile apps that were downloaded and most used by users. If you are a business aimed at building a mobile app in the future, this article will certainly get you clarity about the ever-changing need and tastes of users.

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Here is the list of the Top 10 popular downloaded apps in 2022 that is globally used by mobile phone users for daily life.

  1. WhatsApp

whatsapp - 230 million user

Whatsapp is one of the most well known and widely used chat apps in the world. Equipped with amazing chat features like video calling, audio calling, chat message deletion, emoticons, status, and more, WhatsApp has been ranked the #1 most downloaded mobile app among the users of all sections across the world.

“Stats reveals that In 2021, WhatsApp Business counted approximately 220.5 billion downloads worldwide.”

This number is projected even higher at the end of the year 2022.

  1. YouTube


Youtube is a great platform to watch a wide range of videos from wider industries.  The youtube mobile app has some extra features, like offline downloading, and is a great platform to earn money for clients/businesses. This makes it a top mobile app of 2019 and was downloaded the most after Whatsapp. 

No. of Downloads – 1 billion – 5 billion

  1. Facebook

facebook - 1 to 5 billion users

Facebook without any doubt is the world’s most well known social networking app that has grabbed immense popularity among users and businesses worldwide. Facebook app is accessible from all significant mobile platforms. Not only Facebook, but its post launched messenger (chat) app is equally popular offering messaging facilities to Facebook clients. 

Stats says that- “Social media mobile apps are the most used app category and 81% of mobile users have Facebook installed on their mobile phones.”

No. of Downloads – 1 billion – 5 billion

  1. Tiktok

tiktok - 738 million users

This app is the most sensational app of the year 2021-22 and was the Most Downloaded App in the first month of 2022 surpassing even Whatsapp, Facebook, and Youtube.

Built by the Beijing-based firm ByteDance, the app offers a robust platform for users & businesses to create and share short videos with music. The best content gets viral in no time. The most famous genres here are lip-synching for dancing and dialogues from hit movies. 

According to AppTrace, TikTok jumped from 269th to 4th in the global app download rank in February 2019. The app currently sits in the fourth position.

No. of downloads-  738 million to 1 billion

  1. Gmail

gmail - 5 billion users per year

Every one of us is aware of this popular email messaging app by Google. Being first invented for the web, Gmail now has a dedicated mobile app variant for most mobile platforms like Android and iOS app development. Gmail is the most used email app around the globe that offers ease of use saving you time and keeping your messages safe.

No. of Downloads – 1 billion – 5 billion per year

  1. Google Pay (Tez)

google pay

Google Pay is a Mobile Payment App by Google first launched in 2017 September with the name Tez. The app simplifies the way you transact with your money. With Google Pay, you can send and get cash rapidly, pay bills, purchase online, recharge your Phone and dish, Pay at offline stores, and Bank to bank cash transfer. 

Google Pay was the most downloaded app worldwide for February 2021, followed by PhonePe with 15.6 million and 6 million installs respectively.

No. of Downloads – 1 billion – 5 billion

  1. Instagram


This photograph & short video sharing social networking app is another well known mobile app most used by businesses & celebrities. The app without a website variant offers high quality features like square picture format, filters, the option of boomerang, and short video clips with wider options of mentioning someone, hashtags, and emoticons as well as gifs. 

Sold to Facebook in 2012, the app became one of the world’s biggest and most influential social media platforms. In 2019, the platform announced it had more than 1 billion monthly active users in the world.

No. of downloads- 1 to 5 billion

  1. Uber

uber mobile app

Uber is the most used location-based taxi hiring app that permits clients to hire drivers, taxis, bikes, and shared rides for local and outstation travels. The Uber mobile app is a safe, and cost-effective method for transporting within or outside your city. Available in 65 countries and over 600 cities worldwide, this location-based app is estimated to carry out a total of 14 million trips each day.

Downloads – 100 million – 500 million

  1. Amazon

amazon mobile app

Amazon is the world’s leading eCommerce marketplace which is presently likewise accessible through a dedicated mobile app to focus on its mobile purchasers and sellers.

SensorTower revealed-” The most downloaded shopping app worldwide for April 2019 was Amazon with more than 10.5 million installs, up 13 percent year-over-year from April 2018.”

Downloads – 100 million – 500 million

  1. Netflix


It is an online video streaming website/app that lets you watch movies, videos, TV series, and other content from Netflix through your mobile phone or desktop/laptop.  Launched in 2010, Netflix is available in 89+ countries with over 11 million. According to the Forbes list, Netflix has over 236.6 million downloads, which bodes well for the big-spending media company’s 2020 monetization.

Downloads – 100 million – 500 million


I hope you enjoyed knowing about the top 10 most downloaded and used mobile apps in the world. Today, mobile apps are generating greater revenue and are a need for today’s business. If you still wonder why a business should invest in mobile app development trends then here are some reasons worth considering. A mobile app:

  • Increase Customer Engagement
  • Help you Stay Competitive
  • Bring in Great Revenue for your business

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About Author:
Author Rashmi Kanti is a passionate content writer & a blogger having written numerous blogs for IT domain. Being into the Blogging world for the past 4 years, she is presently contributing technology loaded articles & blogs regularly to QSS Technosoft. Rashmi has a proficient knowledge of the latest market trends in the mobile & web applications and expresses herself a big technology geek.

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