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REVEALED: The Most Downloaded Social Media Apps of 2020

With this roller coaster of a year finally coming to an end, now is the right time to find out the most downloaded apps of 2020 on iOS and Android phones. Apptopia should be credited for compiling this extensive list.

With more than 82 million downloads between January and November, TikTok took the top spot. To say that TikTok had an eventful 2020 would be an understatement. The standard-bearer of short-form video content was close to getting banned in the US, which could have impacted the impressive number of downloads it managed to rack up.

After TikTok, Instagram was the most downloaded app this year with a whopping 57.5 million downloads. From rolling out Reels to increasing the IGTV limit to four hours and developing an in-app Shop feature, Instagram has had a significant 2020, to say the least.

Snapchat took the third spot with more than 43 million downloads. Thanks to its reliance on its AR feature (Lenses), Snapchat was able to rope in countless new users this year.

On the fourth spot rests the king of social networking, Facebook (42 million downloads). Facebook’s attempts at tackling the spread of misinformation on its platform, particularly pertaining to the pandemic and election, are highly commendable.

With more than 25 million downloads this year, Twitter claimed a spot of its own on the list of most-downloaded applications of 2020. Twitter has rolled out some interesting features and updates this year e.g., Fleets (inspired by Stories) and the option for users to determine who can reply to their tweets.

While it did not give the social media giants a run for their money, Parler being downloaded 7 million times this year is highly impressive.

When the discussion is shifted to the most-downloaded video-conferencing apps, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Zoom took the top spot by bringing in more than 73 million users. Meetings, lectures, recording tutorials, and much more could be achieved with the help of Zoom.

Google Duo emerged as a strong alternative to Zoom with over 18 million downloads this year. And don’t discard Houseparty just yet because it was downloaded more than 15 million times this year. Houseparty did an amazing job of connecting friends and family members virtually in the wake of COVID-19.

BIGO Live and Marco Polo also enjoyed successful 2020 by racking up 10.5 million and 5 million downloads respectively.

When it comes to messaging apps, Messenger saw the most downloads in 2020 with the number surpassing 51 million. The arrival of the cross-app communication feature between Instagram Direct and Messenger was a game-changer.

With rumors circulating of this service working on a self-destructing message option along with a reverse-image searching facility, WhatsApp has been racking up downloads left and right. It recorded 41 million downloads this year in the US.

With 29 million, 15 million, and 6 million downloads this year respectively, Discord, Telegram, and Signal emerged as viable alternatives to leading smartphone messaging apps.

Did any of these numbers surprise you? Do let us know in the comments below.


Via: Apptopia / Basil Labs / Forbes

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