January 12, 2022
Facebook and Google yearly app downloads

For the First Time in Half a Decade, Facebook didn’t Own the Most Downloaded Apps of the Year — Sort Of

Facebook and Google continue to dominate the apps which experienced the largest number of downloads, with ByteDance coming in third…

For the very first time in half a decade, Facebook doesn’t own the most downloaded apps in a single year — almost. Google actually outperformed the world’s largest social network (in the last quarter of 2019, that is).

Facebook and Google Own the Most Downloaded Apps of the Year

During Q4 2019, Google amassed an impressive 850 million installs of its apps. Meanwhile, Facebook recorded nearly 800 million in the same time frame, according to data compiled by Sensor Tower.

However, the acheivement only applies to Q4 of 2019. Overall, Facebook claimed more app downloads, 3 billion, compared to 2.3 billion for Facebook and Google, respectively.

This should not come as a surprise, considering the fact that Facebook owns four out of the five most downloaded apps: Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook.

Coming in third place is China-based ByteDance, which owns TikTok, a wildly popular short-form video app.

Although, it isn’t the Facebook flagship app that takes the very top spot in terms of yearly installs. That honor goes to subsidiary WhatsApp, which has held the number one position for the previous four years — 2016 through 2019.

And, among the biggest gainers of last year, was Disney, with its new Disney+ streaming service accumulating more than 30 million downloads in Q4 2019.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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