As we all have moved into 2022, smartphones, the internet, and mobile apps are the top three factors that affect the global economy.

Our daily lives mainly depend on mobile apps. Mobile app businesses bridge the gap between the existing market and head towards the new normal. From the food we intake to clothes we wear, to the medical assistance we need, everything is possible with apps. And businesses have understood this need of the users and come with the possible outcome in the form of mobile applications.

In a survey, it is noted that mobile platforms fueled 45% of the decisions of the people. People now quickly estimate any existing risks in their financial decisions with the key indicators. So we can't deny how online apps transcend the way of life we live. 

The global market is inclined with the dependency of fully remote working models, financial planners, parking spaces, telehealth and medicare, power-packed games, entertainment, and many more. This gauges the consumption of the digital platform in essence. 

Now, looking more into it, the creator community is the new trend in the mobile app segment. Creators are the ones who grab the first row of people. In this club, we can see many platforms like Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, or TikTok. Creators have their selling swag to reach wider audiences, which helps them to monetize directly through it. This increases the number of installs of the short-form video format. 

While in-app purchases have generated 15% revenue over the past few months. This opens up the door for many new creators and businesses to land in this highly eye-catching market. 

Buy-now-pay later (BNPL), have you heard about this quirky and catchy thing? 

Yes, over the years, BNPL has been on the trend. More than 6.8M of the BNPL apps were downloaded in the year 2020. 

Under this low-cost pricing service, users can pay for the purchase at the end of the stipulated time period. At the time of purchase, the user just needs to pay a small amount. The top players in this section are Klarna, Afterpay, and Affirm, while in the Indian market, ZestMoney, LazyPay, Simpl, and Amazon Pay Later are the top performers. This kind of concept attracts the customer more promptly. 

After the boom in the trend of buying and selling of items, the eCommerce market has seen an immense global impact over the years. 

Transportation is a major part of our day-to-day life. Transit apps are the real-life savior in such scenarios. It helps the user to locate the convenience very easily. These apps facilitate the real-time availability of the vehicles within the estimated prices. 

We have seen in this pandemic that the usage of the internet has explicitly aroused 89.2% of the mobile time. Many more new digital products dig their arms in the mobile gaming and streaming of apps.

In this blog, we have forecast for you the list of top mobile apps in every existing genre to plan your next mobile app match with the current trend of the industries to transform the world with full potential. 

We have arranged for you the optimal tabular format that will be easier for you to understand, the clear observation of the statistics of the categories-wise mobile apps. We have done skilled research before inserting any of the stats here. 

Let’s look into some of the stats about the most popular apps in 2021-22.

Market Stats for the Mobile Apps in 21-22

Before moving into the start of your own app journey you need to understand more about the stats of the mobile app industry. 

  • The global market of apps was estimated to be $106.7B in 2018 and is progressively growing at an annual rate of 18.4% with a value of $407.31B by the year 2026. 
  • According to Statista, the global mobile app downloads in 2020 were found to be 218B in figures. That's huge!
  • The number of smartphone users worldwide is 6.37B in the year 2021. 
  • The monthly active users of TikTok is 1B in 2021, with 66M downloads.
  • Whatsapp is the top app for Android users, while Instagram is the most lovable app for iPhone users. 
  • China is the leading nectar of smartphone app users with 911M users, America is the next with the presence of 270M users. 
  • Top technologies emerging in the market: IoT (457B), AR/VR (120B), AI (40B), and chatbots with a 1.86B revenue presence. 
  • 196B and 42B mobile apps were downloaded from Google Play and Apple App Store respectively. That is absolutely breathtaking. This generates a combined revenue of $693B. 
  • In addition to this, coming mobile app trends like 5G, wearables, beacon technology, AR/VR, Bots, progressive Web Apps, and cross-platform apps, surge humongous over the years into the segment of the apps. 
  • As per the business of apps records, 56.1B app downloads are from the gaming industry. 
  • The e-commerce global market has a worldwide sale of $4.89T in 2021. 

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Reasons that draw the user’s attention to consume the apps daily?

With cheaper internet and more resources, it is not only the entertainment industry that is gaining popularity in the market, but various other day-to-day applications like grocery delivery, food delivery, real estate based, dating, etc. 

With the black swan of events in the past couple of years, people choose to stay indoors and use various mobile applications for almost everything that once needed physical presence. From attending office meetings to consulting the doctor, everything is possible in just a click. 

It is more of a safety concern now than just comfort. With the application market growing strong and interesting we affirm to bring to the picture solutions that can keep your audience and business in a comfortable zone that earns well.  

Today, with this blog we have uncovered for you some of the reasons why the user has so much dependency on the mobile apps? It could help you to succeed in the market. 

  • Tiktok has created a remarkable turn into the short app video segment. After its ban, who would be the next giant in 2022. Is it a question of the hour?
  • Social media creator apps drive a major part of the economy. 
  • Next to it, the video streaming apps have a fair war in 2022, the concern of big heat into the industry. 
  • Video apps surge high revenue profits in the few years, aids value for both users and to the stakeholders. 
  • Virtual reality space, metaverse, the 3D illusion could be the real game-changers for gaming apps. 
  • And to the most-awaited question, what are the top apps for download and accessibilities that would join the club of billions?

Believe it or not, the stats of the most popular mobile apps in 2022, turns the market expectations to the highest. 

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Apart from that, there are a few more factors that affect the presence of vast applications in the marketplace. 

  • User retention rates
  • Gaming must be the popular part of the mobile experience
  • Socially and communication apps
  • Impact of the covid-19 in 2021
  • Global smartphones users
  • Apps with the top downloads in September 2021
  • Time of usage of the apps on a weekly basis
  • Growth in the ML and AI technologies
  • AI and ML methods impede the improvements of the camera and security features of more than 200 apps. 

With our latest study from some research-driven sites, we have acknowledged for you some of the popular mobile apps in every class. 

So let’s begin. 

Popular Mobile apps in 2022: Worldwide

The number of mobile app downloads worldwide from 2021 is 299B. Google Play Store with 108.5B downloads and the iOS apps are downloaded 34.4B times. Gaming and social media apps are at the core of the lists.

Popular App Name

Country

No. of downloads

Youtube

USA

10B+

Google Maps

USA 5B+

Facebook Messenger

USA

700M

WhatsApp USA 600M

Instagram

USA

505M

Zoom Cloud meetings

USA

477M

Snapchat

USA

281M

Tiktok

China

62M

Cash app

USA

33.5M

Netflix

USA

16.4M

HBO Max

USA

12.3M

Source: Business of apps, Statista, Investopedia, Apptopia, and Wikipedia

Most popular apps in 2022: Countrywise

  • USA
  • UK
  • China 
  • India
  • Singapore

1. USA

App Name

Publisher Name

Poppy Rope Game (game)

Zego Global Publishing

Slap n Run

VOODOO

Tiktok

TikTok Pte. Ltd

Klarna 

Klarna Bank AB

Cash App

Square, Inc

McDonald

McDonald’s USA, LLC

Google Pay 

Google LLC

Tubi ( Free Movies)

Tubi TV

Instagram 

Instagram

Whatsapp Messenger 

Whatsapp LLC

(Source: apptopia)

2. UK

App Name

Publisher Name

NHS app

NHS digital

Rocket league sideswipe

Psyonix studios

Klarna 

Klarna bank AB

Handy craft

H8games LLC

Tiktok

Tiktok Pte. ltd

Etsy: buy and sell 

Etsy, inc

UberEats

Uber technologies

 

3. China

App Name

Publisher name

Active Users Downloads 2021

WeChat

Tencent

1004.93M

Alipay

Ant financial services grp

845M

Taobao

Alibaba grp

750.91M

Pinduodo

Pinduoduo Inc

740.3M

QQ

Tencent

638.81M

iQiyi

iQIYI, Inc.

605M

Baidu

Baidu Core segment

494.08M

Source: Statista

  • Telegram is at the top of the list with the most downloaded in the world for the non-gaming app. This is the most generous app of its kind with the cross-platform cloud-based instant messaging app that is similar to Whatsapp. 

  • Coming to the next is Twitter that has surged cross-platform with the full of security ethics. With the short and crisp feature of tweeting short messages to the people, this platform gives the user the freedom of speech. 

  • WhatsApp is in the race of message exchanging mediums. Although it did not last much time before but has offered a pile of services to the users. It is a cross-platform app, coming with the first motto of sharing instant messages between the users, with full encryption. This means it is tightly secured with two-way integration so that no hacker in the middle could break the chain of messages. 

4. India

App Name

Publisher Name

Meesho: Online Shopping App

Meesho

Shopee: Online Shopping 

Shopee

Hunter Assassin 2

Ruby Game Studio

Instagram 

Instagram

Snapchat

Snap Inc.

AJIO

Reliance Retail Ltd.

Truecaller: caller ID & block

Truecaller

Pocket FM- audiobooks, stories.

Pocket FM

Josh: short video app 

Ver se innovation

Noizz: video editor with music

Noizz team

 

5. Singapore

App name

Publisher name

Singpass

Government technology agency

Telegram

Telegram FZ-LLC

Shopee

Shopee

Vast VPN- secure VPN proxy

Vast security innovation lab

TikTok

Tiktok Pte. Ltd.

Now, let’s look upon the category-wise most popular apps that enthralled the market. 

Most Popular Apps: Categories

Category Name

Total percentage share in the market

Downloads

Communication and social 

97.9%

1830k

Web browsers

97.6%

Utilities and tool

96.6%

1230k

Entertainment

95.5%

1560k

Search and reference

93.2%

Shopping

92.6%

1190k

(Source: Statista)

Based on Categories

A. Most Popular Apps in 2022: Social apps

App name

Revenue 

WhatsApp

2000M

Facebook messenger 

1300M

WeChat

1213M

QQ

617M

Telegram 

500M

These stats are retrieved based on the number of monthly active users.

  • Social media presence is a must-have for Gen-Z. Most of the core businesses target their campaigns to get user insights. 
  • As the tally shows the eager interest of the users on the social media trends, like shopping, searching for relevant niche ads and videos, content and so much, it is expected that the market of this domain would be raised with the 34% in the coming year. 
  • Social media is the ultimate platform to reach the masses within an instant and helps businesses to soar their sales and publish their business to the consumers. 

B. Most Popular Apps in 2022: Gaming Apps (source: Statista)

App Name (Android)

Revenue gain

Free fire

1B+

Among us

86M

456: survival game

23.37M

Garena free fire max

20.63M

Cookie carver

19.34M

Roblox

17.23M

Candy challenge 3D

15.04M

   

App Name (iOS)

Revenue gain

Among us

43.99M

Roof rails

20.41M

Project makeover

17.50M

Sushi roll 3D- food game

13.17M

Roblox

10.38M

Stacky dash

9.44M

People that are playing games on mobile are widely distributed. More than 30% of people are playing their games over their smartphones. This is due to the advancement of the internet in the last few years.

  • We can’t deny the trend of the enticing games reflects our younger generations. It’s surely of no hidden surprise, in the coming years this industry is going to boom the market. 
  • Gaming is not in the same old fashion. It has so many new addons like playing, streaming, and watching, thanks to the 3D the new technology, with the amalgamation of AR/VR, makes the real experience thrive to the users. 
  • Both Google Play Store and the Apple App Store have seen a growth of 28% in the year 2020. 
  • Among Us is a popular mobile gaming app with more than 60M active users. 

C. Most popular apps in 2022: eCommerce apps

App Name 

Number of app downloads

Amazon

150.6M

Walmart

86.07M

eBay

62.15M

Groupon 

35M

Etsy

32.15M

Wish

27.6M

  • As per Statista, the market of e-commerce apps have generated a revenue of $339B in 2020. During the last year, more than one-third of the sales have been from online via smartphones. 54% of the users come to the platform while 33% are triggered to purchase.
  • On occasions like Cyber Mondays or Black Friday, sites offered maximum discounts to the users to increase their conversion rate from 33% to 40% in the last year. 
  • Amazon is at the top of the list to gain a massive number of users focused on the ecstasy of the market. They have followed a friendly consumer conversion model that resolves the headaches of the users and to the busyness of the competitors. 

D. Most Popular Apps in 2022: Travel apps

App Name 

Number of app downloads

Uber 

95M

Google maps 

88M

Booking.com

50M

Airbnb

42M

inDriver 

27M

Lyft 

24M

Source: apptopia

The industry of travel booking has seen a sudden shift in recent years. The estimation of $817 B was accomplished in the year 2020. Thinking on the fact, with an approximation, 700M people are accompanied with these online booking in the year 2023. Impacts the largest holds of the online booking in the market share. 

E. Most Popular Apps in 2022: Dating Apps (source: apptopia)

App Name

Country name

Revenue 

Tinder

USA

34M

Badoo 

Brazil

17.7M

Bumble 

London, UK

10.5M

Tantan

Morocco

9.2M

Tantan

 

7.5M

Grindr

 

6M

  • As you have seen in the stats the market of dating apps is humongous among the hearts of the users.
  • Tinder and Bumble the two most contriving apps contribute 58% of the dating app market operated by a single company named MagicLab. Tinder is welcomed by the global market in terms of both app download and revenue metrics. Although the niche market is the more explored domain by the businesses over the years. 
  • Bristlr is the new mane in this niche market to target a specific group of people who have beards. Likewise, there are more chances of scope in the dating niche market. 

F. Most Popular Apps in 2022: Education apps

App name 

Number of downloads 

Google classroom 

126M

Brainly

102M

Duolingo 

77M

Byju’s 

41.9M

Vedanta

25M

Unacademy

23M

Source: appmagic

  • Google Classroom with more than 125M+ apps downloaded in the Google Play Store in the year 2020, which is quite improved with the previous year’s stats. This app is aloof with many stunning features that capture the attention of both students and faculty. Students can take the lecture and save it on the bookmark for the future. Participate in the surveys and many more things. 

  • Next to the run is Brainly, which is the real champagne in the category. With the huge increment in the rate of 406%. It mainly aids step-by-step guidance to the students, solve the math problems quickly, ask the faculty for advice or find a tutor. 

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  • Duolingo holds the UK market with 1.4M downloads in the category of educational apps. It comes in the first category as per the survey conducted in the year 2021. Its top strategized analysis dominates the maximum market of the app. With the conjunction of various foreign languages available in the platform, users can begin from the start and end up with a thrilling and enjoyable experience. A total of 35+ languages are available to learn on this platform. 

  • Vedantu, Byju’s and Unacademy are the next market leaders. They are marked with excellence in the global market. Solving the relative and the very precise problem of the student. 

  • Vedantu has grown by the rate of 92% and is stated as one of the top most popular apps in the Indian market. Perhaps Unacademy has faced a decent growth of 53% in the last couple of years. 

  • Users just click the picture of their problem or the equation where they have been stuck in and upload it on the app, they will get the answer straight away.

G. Most Popular Apps in 2022: Health and Fitness apps

App name 

Number of downloads 

Aarogya setu

2.56M

Home workout- no equipment 

2.11M

Muscle booster workout planner 

2.06M

Mi Fit 

2M

Six pack in 30 days

1.79M

Source: Statista

H. Most Popular Grossing Apps in 2022: Video Streaming

App name

Country name

Revenue share

youtube

USA

$19.7B

Netflix

USA

$24.9B

Amazon Prime Video

USA

$25.21B

disney+

USA

$10B

Apple Tv+ 

USA

$17.5B

Source: business of apps

I. Top Breakout Video sharing Apps Worldwide 2021

Breakout app downloads

Breakout consumer spend

Breakout monthly active users 

Capcut

Youtube

Telegram

MX Takatak

Tiktok

Instagram
Meesho

Disney+

Zoom cloud meetings

Share Karo India 

HBO Max

Tiktok

VPN Master 

Piccoma 

Microsoft office mobile 

Telegram  

Tinder 

Amazon 

Source: app annie

  • Capcut is top on the list of the downloads chart, which is the editing tool for TikTok that influences the video-sharing app. 
  • Next to it are the MX TakaTak and Moj which is the replacement of the TikTok in the video-sharing industry after its ban. 
  • Meesho is the most innovative reselling model that assists the user to make shopping. In this model, there is a third-party entity that works as a catalyst to promote the items on the app. 

The app statistics we have mentioned above are definitive and concise, relevant for you with the latest market trends and shifts. This will surely go to assist you with building your own mobile app solutions and aid the latest features and functionalities into it. 

Top Trending Technologies aligned with the mobile app in 2021

App Name 

No. of the users

IoT

35B

5G

1.17B

AI/ML

53.2M

AR/VR

85M

Beacon technology

Source: business of apps

Conclusion

2022 is the best time that affirms that the businesses have derived the solutions that are more generic and personal to the users. Industries with data are planning to build more strategic and consumer behaviour apps. The industry is so rich with plenty of mobile apps, so the presence of technologies makes it more welcoming to them. 

Over the years we have made it quite possible for various businesses to survive the changes in the market and make their services better. The audience can now have a normal life without taking pains to leave their house. 

The mobile application list that we have developed is researched at various levels to affirm that you take decisions that would make your survival in the market easier and better. 

We have tried our best to gather all of the scrutiny information related to the market stats of 2022 mobile apps. We hope it helps you earn better audience and make great profits.  

 

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FAQs

1. Which is the most popular and most downloaded app in the world in 2021?

Sol: Tiktok and Facebook are the two leading apps in the market with a figure of 2.5B downloads. 

2. Top 10 apps in the world?

Sol: In our list, the top 10 apps that have a remarkably strong presence in the industry are Tiktok, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, HBO Max, Instagram, Snapchat, Zoom Cloud, Cash App, Netflix.

3. Which is the most downloaded game in 2021?

Sol: Survival game is at the top of all games in the year 2021. 

4. What are the top 5 biggest categories of contributors in the mobile app industry in 2021?

Sol:

  • Businesses with a growth of 275%. Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype are the leaders in this category. 
  • Finance with a 200% growth. Banking Apps, Trading Apps, and Stock Tickers are the top leaders in this category. 
  • Education app with a 200% growth rate. Study-At-Home Apps and Video Tutorial Apps are at the top. 
  • Food Delivery with 105 growth percentage. UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash are the top leaders. 
  • The fitness industry has seen 30% of growth. Home Workout Apps such as Nike Training, and Adidas Training in the top. 

5. How many mobile apps were downloaded in the year 2021 worldwide?

Sol: 258B apps are downloaded in the year 2021, with an annual increment of 25%, where 98% of the apps are free apps. 

6. Do the apps for the startups are profitable or not?

Sol: Yes of course, in the initial level when the startups are in a growing phase, it will be beneficial for them to put some of their money and effort into developing the app. 

7. How do you estimate mobile app development in 2022?

Sol: We have calculated the cost of the mobile app development on the basis of:

  • Research: 40-80 hrs
  • Prototyping: 40-120 hours
  • Development: 80-300 hours
  • Testing: 40-80 hours

The final cost of the mobile app mainly depends on these factors. 

Arun Goyal

Managing Director @ Octal IT Solution, a prominent Mobile App Development Company offering cutting-edge iPhone App Development and Android App Development services to Startups, SMEs and Fortune-500 Companies.

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