Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2018

YouTube can now add “most popular iPhone app of the year” to its list of accomplishments.

Apple just released its lists for the most downloaded apps of 2018 and YouTube took the number one spot, beating out Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for the honor.

YouTube held the #3 spot last year, when Bitmoji and Snapchat came in at #1 and #2 respectively. This year, Snapchat dropped to third place and Bitmoji down to sixth, with Instagram climbing to the #2 slot.

These are the top 20 free apps of the year, according to Apple

  1. YouTube
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Messenger
  5. Facebook
  6. Bitmoji
  7. Netflix
  8. Google Maps
  9. Gmail
  10. Spotify Music
  11. Amazon
  12. Uber
  13. WhatsApp Messenger
  14. Pandora
  15. Wish
  16. TikTok
  17. Cash App
  18. Google Photos
  19. Google Chrome
  20. Twitter

While there aren’t many surprises on that list, it’s notable that YouTube has now edged out Instagram and Snapchat. Though not a new app by any means, YouTube is increasingly becoming the app social media companies need to compete with. Earlier this year, a Pew pollfound that YouTube is the most-used app among teens.

Two other notable additions this year include TikTok, the music video app formerly known as Musicall.y, and Cash App, Square’s P2P payments app.

Over on the paid app charts, photography apps once again came out on top. The most popular paid app was (for the second year in a row) Facetune, followed by special effects app kirakira+.

Like last year, Apple also released separate rankings for games where — surprise, surprise — Fortnite took the top spot for free apps. Also making the list was PUBG and HQ Trivia.

The full list of the top 20 most downloaded free games is below:

  1. Fortnite
  2. Helix Jump
  3. Rise Up
  4. PUBG MOBILE
  5. Hole.io
  6. Love Balls
  7. Snake VS Block
  8. Rules of Survival
  9. ROBLOX
  10. Dune!
  11. Subway Surfers
  12. Episode
  13. Word Link
  14. Toon Blast
  15. Color Road!
  16. HQ Trivia
  17. Twisty Road!
  18. 8 Ball Pool™
  19. Kick the Buddy
  20. Sniper 3D Assassin: Gun Games

In addition, Apple’s App Store editors also announced their own picks for the best apps of the year. They named sketching app Procreate Pocket as the overall best iPhone app of the year and Donut Country the top game.

You can check out the full rankings over on iTunes, where you can also view the most popular podcasts, books, movies and television shows.

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