Top Mobile Games Worldwide for May 2022 by Downloads

See the top mobile games worldwide for May 2022 by downloads, according to Sensor Tower data.


Subway Surfers from Sybo Games was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for May 2022 with 30 million installs, which represented an 86.5 percent increase from May 2021. The countries with the most installs of the game during this period were India at approximately 15 percent of its total downloads and the United States at more than 14 percent. The full top 10 ranking of mobile games worldwide by downloads for May 2022 is above. Game download estimates are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.

Garena Free Fire from Garena was the second most installed mobile game worldwide last month with 26 million installs, which represented a 50.3 percent increase from May 2021. Tall Man Run from Supersonic Studios, Apex Legends Mobile from EA, and Deliver It 3D from Voodoo rounded out the top five most installed mobile games worldwide for the month.

The global mobile games market generated 4.8 billion downloads across the App Store and Google Play in May 2022, marking a decrease of approximately 1 percent year-over-year. The No. 1 market for global game downloads was India, which accumulated 916 million installs, or 19.2 percent of total worldwide downloads. The U.S. ranked No. 2 for downloads at 8.4 percent, followed by Brazil at 7.9 percent.

Subway Surfers had its best month ever for downloads in May as the title celebrated its 10-year anniversary since release last month. The occasion also sparked a 6.3 times increase in player spending Y/Y to $5.9 million–another record.

Want to see how the rankings compared to the previous month? Check out the Top Mobile Games Worldwide for March 2022 by Downloads here.

Store Intelligence users can see app download estimates for the above apps in addition to historical performance metrics on the Sensor Tower platform. Our estimates include downloads for the App Store and Google Play worldwide between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. 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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Craig Chapple

Written by: Craig Chapple, Mobile Insights Strategist, EMEA

Date: June 2022