As per SensorTower, these are the apps that were most downloaded on Android smartphones and iPhones during the lockdown period.
TikTok was the top downloaded app in the first half of 2021. While on Apple’s App Store it was the most downloaded app, on the Play Store it was the second most downloaded app. The app saw the most downloads worldwide across both app stores, reaching about 384.6 million. TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a Chinese video-sharing focused social networking service owned by Chinese company ByteDance. The social media platform is used to make a variety of short-form videos, from genres like dance, comedy, and education, that have a duration from 15 seconds to one minute.
Social networking giant Facebook’s primary app is the most downloaded app on Google Play Store and at number 6 on Apple App Store. Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, its name comes from the Facebook directories often given to American university students. Membership was initially limited to Harvard students, gradually expanding to other North American universities and, since 2006, to anyone over the age of 13. In 2020, Facebook claimed 2.8 billion monthly active users, and was ranked seventh in the world for Internet use.
Facebook was followed by Instagram on the third spot globally. It maintained its position on the App Store and the Play Store. Instagram (generally abbreviated as IG, Insta, or the gram) is an American photo and video sharing social network service created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. In April 2012, Facebook acquired the service for approximately US $ 1 billion in cash and stocks. The app allows users to upload media which can be edited with filters and organized by hashtags and geo-tagging.
The instant messaging app ranks at No. 4 on both Apple App Store and on Google Play Store. WhatsApp Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware, cross-platform centralized messaging and voice-over-IP service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other content.
Facebook’s dedicated messaging app — Messenger — ranks at number 7 on Apple App Store’s list and at number 6 in Google Play Store listing. Facebook Messenger (also known as Messenger) is an American messaging application and platform developed by Facebook, Inc. Originally developed as Facebook Chat in 2008, the company revamped its messaging service in 2010 and then released standalone iOS and Android apps in August 2011 and standalone Facebook portal hardware for Messenger-based calls in Q4 2018. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files, as well as react to other users’ messages and interact with bots. The service also supports voice and video calling.