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WhatsApp Most Downloaded App Globally, TikTok Leads App Store Downloads in Q1 2019: Sensor Tower

TikTok manages to get 33 million installs on iPhone and iPad units in the first quarter.

WhatsApp Most Downloaded App Globally, TikTok Leads App Store Downloads in Q1 2019: Sensor Tower

TikTok came in third in Google Play downloads list

  • In overall downloads list, TikTok comes in third, after Messenger
  • PicsArt and Biuigo make it to overall downloads list for first time
  • Facebook owns 4 out of 5 apps in top downloads list of Q1 2019

Sensor Tower has released app-related data from its Q1 2019 Data Digest Report, and the most downloaded app worldwide in the first quarter was WhatsApp with more than 223 million new installs. On iOS, TikTok was the most downloaded app on the App Store with more than 33 million installs in Q1 2019, and it retained the top spot for the fifth quarter in a row. On Android, WhatsApp reigned with close to 199 million downloads from Google Play. TIkTok came in third on the Google Play list. Interestingly, four out of five apps in the overall most downloaded list are owned by Facebook.

Starting with the overall download numbers for Q1 2019 that includes all platforms, the report says that the top five apps manage to retain their rankings from Q4 2018. WhatsApp came in first with more than 223 million installs, and Facebook Messenger came in second with close to 209 million installs. TikTok comes in third, followed by Facebook and Instagram. This means four out five world's most downloaded apps in Q1 2019 are owned by Facebook.

Video editing app Biugo and photo editing app PicsArt entered the top 20 apps worldwide for the first time in Q1. Sensor Tower notes that this is because first-time users in India helped both apps achieve new install highs in the quarter. The top 20 list also includes apps like ShareIt, YouTube, Like Video, Netflix, Snapchat, Spotify, Hotstar, Uber, Twitter, and Amazon.

Coming to App Store, iPhone and iPad users installed TikTok the most with 33 million installs in the first quarter. TikTok was the most downloaded app on the App Store for its fifth consecutive quarter. However, its next quarter numbers may see a decline given that the app was banned in India temporarily last month, over pornographic and illegal content. The ban has been lifted, but it could have costed the company millions of downloads in the interim.

YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger take the consecutive top four positions on the most downloaded by iPhone and iPad users. Sensor Tower notes that Twitter took the 16th spot with 11.7 million App Store downloads in Q1 2019, making this Twitter's highest total since Q1 2015.

Most of WhatsApp's downloads were clocked in on Android, with Google Play downloads at nearly 199 million in the first quarter. Facebook Messenger was the second most downloaded app from Google Play in Q1 2019, followed by TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram. YouTube Kids had 29 million downloads in the quarter from Google Play, an increase of 291 percent quarter-over-quarter.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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