The 25 Most Downloaded Apps of All Time

Recent research has come up with a list of the most popular app store products

Since the release of the App Store itself in July of 2008, the app business has been a real race to the top. But, there are a few key players that have dominated the charts for a long, long time.

Of course, free apps are a lot more popular than their paid counterparts. Who wants to spend $0.99 when a “lite” version is available? The list also features an expected balance of apps for socializing, entertainment, and productivity.


The back half of the list contains The Weather Channel app, a kids storytelling app, and good old Temple Run (aw, remember 2011?) which has been downloaded over a billion times. Following those are Shazam, Netflix, Instagram, and Google Translate — all reasonable top twenty-fivers.

Other games like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds (both the free versions) also made the list, as did social apps like Twitter, Skype, and Dropbox. Topping the list? YouTube (since Apple removed it from being a default iPhone app in 2012), Facebook, and — finally — the Google Chrome Browser.

Check out the full list here.