Smartphones have been one of the most valued items in modern living. Indeed, everyone has one, and the rare specimens that don’t are exactly that — rare. People make sure to put aside ample investment money just to get the latest iPhone or Android release. Moreover, the perfect smartphone is nothing without the apps needed to fully optimize your user experience. That being said, let’s take a look at the 10 most popular apps downloaded in the past decade.


Facebook has been a staple in the world of social media for more than a decade. With the success of mobile apps, it comes as no surprise that they will also be one of the leading brands in the app industry. People everywhere are happy to keep themselves updated on the go with the latest news from their loved ones.


Messenger is the messaging arm of the Facebook brand, so the success of the app goes hand in hand with the Facebook app. More than getting daily updates from friends and family, it is also important to keep connected. Messenger gives the insurance of a messaging platform that’s fully integrated with your Facebook app.


Whatsapp is another popular messaging app from Facebook. It’s also as user-friendly as Messenger but with a few minor differences. Most notable, I believe, is its capacity to allow users to send documents, whereas Messenger only allows video and image file-sharing. Fun fact though: Whatsapp is Facebook’s first messaging app that was released in 2009, whereas Messenger was released two years later.


It is not surprising that Instagram easily made it into this list, considering they have achieved 1 billion monthly active users in 2018. Their degree of success makes them one of the biggest social media platforms in the world. The platform is a video and photo-sharing app owned by Facebook.


Snapchat was an overnight success back in 2011. It quickly rose in the ranks of the most downloaded apps and continues to be a staple. The company continues to innovate, bringing in new users from across the world. It sets itself apart with its unique type of messaging which lets users gain access to messages for a certain amount of time. This allows users to experience a more natural flow when it comes to their interactions.


In today’s world, voice calls aren’t enough. Skype brings users the insurance of high-quality video calls that even professionals can use for those important conference calls. Skype made it into this list and it remains to be one of the most popular apps of the past decade.


Tiktok was released in 2017 and it didn’t take long for it to become one of the most downloaded apps in the world. It is popular among the younger generation and is one of the biggest video-sharing apps in the world.


One of the perks of having a smartphone is that it’s like having a handheld personal computer or laptop. In any event, a good internet browsing app is a necessity. To UC Browser’s credit, it was able to set itself apart from the competition by having a built-in adblocker.


YouTube is one of the biggest video-sharing platforms in the world. The YouTube app lets users enjoy their daily fix of internet videos on the go.


Twitter exploded into the app store scene over the past decade. Who knew that a microblogging platform would ever be this popular. Nevertheless, people enjoy sharing what’s in their minds as well as reading about what others have to share.