WhatsApp was the most downloaded app in 2019 making Facebook the top publisher. ByteDance’s TikTok ranked second in the list. Later TikTok held the title of being the most downloaded app for a while before Zoom took the lead.
Zoom became the most downloaded app in Q2 (April-June) 2020, becoming the third app to ever cross 300 million downloads in a single quarter.
The video-call app has seen substantial growth in the number of its downloads due to the widespread pandemic which has caused businesses to close down physically and work from home became the norm. The app has surpassed popular apps like TikTok, WhatsApp and has more than 50 million downloads.
Zoom broke the record for iOS App Store installs with nearly 94 million installs, while TikTok stood at 71 million. TikTok had the lead in terms of Google Play Store downloads with over 225 million while Zoom had a little more than 200 million downloads.
Zoom’s downloads came largely from India with a score of 68 million, while the US took the second spot with 41 million installs. India’s downloads were more than all of Europe combined, which brought in nearly 60 million.
“Zoom was the top app by downloads worldwide, in the US, and in Europe for the quarter,” said Jonathan Briskman, a senior mobile insights analyst at Sensor Tower. “It was only the third app to reach 300 million installs in a quarter, joining TikTok and Pokémon Go in accomplishing this feat. Covid-19 reshaped the app landscape in the first half of 2020. Top business apps like Google Meet and Microsoft Teams achieved all-time download highs in Q2 , and India’s Covid-19 contact tracing app Aarogya Setu reached the top [ten] at [number] 7.”
The report shows that Zoom was the top app by US downloads, dominating both Apple App Store and Google Play, with TikTok in second place, followed by apps from Google and Facebook. As a consequence, after India at 68 million installs, the US became the largest market for Zoom at 41 million installs.