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Top Apps Worldwide for Q3 2019 by Downloads

See the top apps worldwide in Q3 2019 by downloads, according to Sensor Tower data.

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Sensor Tower’s Q3 2019 Data Digest was released last week, and beginning today we will be sharing a series of selected excerpts from the report, starting with the most downloaded apps worldwide for the quarter. WhatsApp was again the most downloaded app in Q3 2019 with close to 184 million first-time installs. WhatsApp has been the No. 1 downloaded app each quarter since Q3 2016, when Pokémon GO took the top spot. The full ranking of the top 20 most downloaded apps for the quarter is below. The download estimates presented in this chart are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.

Worldwide Top Apps by Overall Downloads

The second most downloaded app worldwide in 3Q19 was TikTok with more than 176 million new installs. The third highest performing app was Messenger, followed by Facebook and Instagram.

Top Apps Worldwide Overall for Q3 2019

Following two quarters of declining downloads, TikTok bounced back in 3Q19 with 13 percent growth quarter-over-quarter. In doing so, it moved past Messenger and Facebook to reach the No. 2 position.

Worldwide Top Apps by App Store Downloads

TikTok was the most downloaded app globally on Apple’s App Store 3Q19 with close to 37 million installs, followed by YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Google Maps.

Top App Store Apps Worldwide for Q3 2019

After five quarters in the top spot, TikTok was surpassed by YouTube on the App Store in Q2 2019. TikTok regained the No. 1 position in Q3. Netflix experienced 23 percent quarter-over-quarter growth to re-enter the top 10 last quarter. This was its second best quarter on the App Store just behind Q1 2019.

Worldwide Top Apps by Google Play Downloads

WhatsApp was the most downloaded app on Google Play worldwide for 3Q19 with more than 156 million installs, followed by Messenger, TikTok, Facebook, and Likee.

Top Google Play Apps Worldwide for Q3 2019

Four apps had more than 120 million downloads on Google Play in Q3, including WhatsApp, Messenger, TikTok, and Facebook. Likee was No. 5 with 80 million installs. Club Factory, a popular shopping app in India, reached the top 20 apps on Google Play for the first time. Its Club Diwali Sale helped it reach No. 1 on the Top Free chart in India.

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Store Intelligence users can see revenue and download estimates for the above apps in addition to historical performance metrics on the Sensor Tower platform. Our estimates include worldwide downloads for the App Store and Google Play between July 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019. Apple apps and Google pre-installed apps are excluded. We report unique installs only. Android estimates do not include third-party stores. Figures represent aggregate installs of all app versions, ex: Facebook and Facebook Lite.

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Jonathan Briskman

Written by: Jonathan Briskman, Senior Mobile Insights Analyst

Date: October 2019