On Tuesday, Apple announced the most downloaded apps and games of the year, spearheaded by important productivity apps like Zoom and popular multiplayer hits, including Among Us.
The most downloaded apps and games of the year reflect trends shaped by the global pandemic, according to a press release dubbed “Best of 2020” in the App Store.
The top of the free charts is Zoom, a video conferencing app that companies, government, and individuals quickly adopted as coronavirus lockdown orders kept people in and out of others. DoorDash food ordering service was another company booming due to the pandemic, as were Amazon and the mobile payment apps Venmo and Cash App.
Entertainment and social media apps were big players in 2020: TikTok and Disney + joined the stalwart YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Netflix, and Spotify. Widgetsmith, which became famous for its customizable home screen widgets on iOS 14, also made it to the contributors.
Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps, Google, Google Meet, and WhatsApp round out the best free apps.
The App Store’s Most Popular Paid Apps rankings feature various apps, from stargazing tools to Star Wars stickers featuring the Disney + Mandalorian series. TouchRetouch topped the pack, followed by Procreate Pocket, Facetune, HotSchedules, AutoSleep, The Wonder Weeks, SkyView, Shadowrocket, Sky Guide, Forest, FlickType Keyboard, Mirror for Samsung TV, Scanner Pro, kirakira +, Toca Hair Salon 3, Screen Mirroring + for Roku, The Mandalorian Stickers, FiLMiC Pro, EpocCam Web camera for PC, Star Walk 2: Night Sky Map.
Among us! Voted the best free game of the year, followed by Call of Duty: Mobile, Roblox, Subway Surfers. Ink Inc., Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game, Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles, Brain Out, Coin Master, Cube Surfer!, Woodturning 3D, Homescapes, Johnny Trigger, Tangle Master 3D, Mario Kart Tour, Fishdom, Sort It 3D, Rescue Cut, Park Master and UNO!.
Minecraft topped the paid game charts, followed by Plague Inc., Heads Up !, Monopoly, Bloons TD 6, Geometry Dash, NBA 2K20, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Game of Life, True Skate, Clue: The Classic Mystery Game …, Terraria, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Stardew Valley, Papa’s Freezeria To Go !, Bloons TD 5, Exploding Kittens, Farming Simulator 20, Rebel Inc. and Arcadia.