2016’s Most Popular App Store Apps

Apple’s App Store is a vast playground with millions of apps, so there are plenty of options for the loyal iPhone user whether, gaming, productivity, social, or otherwise.


In early December Apple published its annual Top 10 free and paid apps that were the most popular, showcasing editorial selections, top-selling and its most downloaded charts. The list represents software that uses iOS’ capabilities to its fullest potential. Full disclosure Apple’s list does not include Super Mario Run which was released after Cupertino published its list.


Snapchat, the app that sends video and picture messages that self-destruct after a certain period of time, move from number five into the Top spot in 2016. The second app on the list belongs to Facebook Messenger, which saw a multitude of updates this year, rolling out chat bots and the ability to integrate with third-party apps. The third spot on this list belongs to the mobile gaming sensation Pokemon Go, surpassing everyone’s favorite hookup app, Tinder, almost instantly after its July launch. The rest of the list includes mainstays such as Facebook, YouTube, Google Maps, Pandora, Spotify Music, and Netflix.


Head’s Up, the game made famous by Ellen DeGeneres and a favorite party game headlines the App Store’s top paid apps. Face Swap Live the game where you can switch faces with friends or celebs, then send them out as pictures and videos, comes second on the list. Mojang’s Minecraft: Pocket Edition comes in third on the list for the creatives among us.


Here are the most popular iOS apps of 2016, broken down into a free and paid.


Top free Apps



Pokémon GO




Google Maps



Spotify Music


Top paid Apps

Heads Up!

Face Swap Live

Minecraft: Pocket Edition



7 Minute Workout Challenge

Geometry Dash

Plague Inc.

Akinator the Genie

Bloons TD 5

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