These are the top 10 most downloaded apps in India

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  • Only one out of the top ten apps is from India.
  • New smartphone users are driving the growth in app downloads in India.
  • Social media apps dominate the list of top ten apps downloaded in India.
Not only is the Indian smartphone market setting new records when it comes to smartphone sales, it is also setting records when it comes to app downloads. Indian users have downloaded over 4.8 billion apps in the first quarter of 2019, beating US which came in second with 3 billion downloads.

According to a report by app intelligence company Sensor Tower, Indian smartphone users downloaded 29% more new apps in the first quarter of 2019 year-on-year. Apps from countries like the US and China dominated the downloads – nine out of ten apps in the list are owned by companies from these two countries.

The availability of affordable 4G smartphones and cheap 4ZG data helped India surge in terms of app downloads. According to Sensor Tower’s head of mobile insights, Randy Nelson, the first major uptick in app downloads was seen in 2016, coinciding with Reliance Jio’s launch of 4G LTE services.

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Elaborating on this, Nelson said, “The growth in app installs we’re tracking in India is closely tied to the growth in new smartphone owners there, particularly Android users. Since the growth is closely tied to new smartphone users — that will be the largest factor in its stability.”

Top ten most downloaded apps in India

According to a report from app intelligence agency App Annie, nine out of the top ten apps downloaded in India are created by international players. Of these, four are owned by US companies and five by Chinese companies.

Indian apps Hotstar and MX Player missed out on the top ten list. While Hotstar managed to cross the 100 million downloads number, MX Player came in close with 98 million.
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TikTok

TikTok

1. TikTok

TikTok leads the charts as its downloads grew 79% crossing 200 million. In India, its rise was staggering with TikTok managing to beat Facebook by a margin of more than 40 million downloads.

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook was dethroned by TikTok, but it still managed 160 million downloads in India this year. As compared to last year, its downloads fell by 11%.

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Likee

Likee

3. Likee

Likee, owned by BIGO, a Singapore-based company, is a short video platform that allows its users to use special filters and stickers. It jumped 19 places and was downloaded over 140 million times.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

WhatsApp retained its fourth place with downloads of over 134 million. Despite this, its downloads fell by almost 3%.

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Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

5. Facebook Messenger

Despite Facebook forcing users to download Facebook Messenger on smartphones, downloads fell by almost 15%. It dropped from second place in 2018 to fifth in 2019.

UC Browser

UC Browser

6. UC Browser

In a list dominated by social networks, UC Browser continues to figure in the top ten list. It clocked in over 117 million downloads, though its downloads too fell by 23%.

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Helo

Helo

It is the leading social media platform made for global desis. Helo's mission is to bring everyone together, empowering to create and share content in your own language, as well as connect with your wider community. Available in 14 languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and more, Helo is among the top apps downloaded on the Google Play store in 2018. Helo is available in India as well as in USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Bangladesh for iOS and Android

VMate

VMate

8. VMate

VMate is a video editing and sharing service. Owned by UCWeb, VMate claims to have over 200 million users worldwide.

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ShareIt

ShareIt

9. Shareit

Shareit is a file sharing app that has been around for a few years now. It recorded over 108 million downloads in India in 2019, but overall it fell by almost 2% this year.

Google Pay (Tez)

Google Pay (Tez)

Google Pay (Tez) is a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) app by Google. Users can make UPI payments, do recharges, pay bills and more using the app. It crossed the 100 million downloads this year, registering a growth of almost 50%.

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