Most Popular Apps of 2015

A large number of apps release every year, but there are a very few that manage to leave their mark. This year also saw the launch of thousands of them, but you’re probably interested in knowing about the apps that topped the popularity list. So without further ado, here’s a list of the most popular apps of 2015.


Being the most popular social networking platform at the moment, Facebook’s number one spot shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It houses over 1.55 billion users and whenever any of them purchase a smartphone, they like to have the app for that particular platform installed as well. The allows them to stay connected to their social network on the go, a convenience that is clearly very much in demand.


No surprises here either. YouTube is one of the most-used entertainment platforms in the world and it is only natural for the people to have an app for it on their smartphones. This allows them to access their favorite videos whenever they want. People who crave videos would always want this app to be available on their phone so that they can browse different categories at will.

Facebook Messenger

Previously, smartphone users were able to send and receive messages through the Facebook app, but that’s no longer the case. Now, the users have to download the Messenger app in order to talk to their friends. This has helped this app grow in popularity by quite some margin.

Google Search

Google is the most used search-engine of the world and it comes as no surprise whatsoever that it’s amongst the most downloaded application of 2015. People want to conduct searches on regular basis, and with Google Search at their disposal, they are able to do that rather easily.

Google Play

Anyone who owns an Android-based smartphone wants to access the Google Play store so that they can get their hands on their favorite apps. This can only be accomplished with the help of Google Play app, making it an essential app on every Android device. The fact that it’s normally present on Google OS-powered smartphones by default contributes a great deal to its popularity.

Apple Music

Due to its humongous popularity, Apple Music was released on Android, and it has been doing great ever since. Users crave this app because of its amazing features like ‘For You’ which recommends some great songs according to their taste. This app also enables users to purchase and download songs through iTunes, which is a huge deal for the music lovers.


The Gmail account syncs with all Google-related platforms, so just to avoid all the hassle, a large number of users are turning to it. As a result, Gmail app is amongst the most downloaded app this year.


Social networks are getting increasingly popular with each passing day, and while Facebook is in first place, the next popular platform in line is Instagram. This social network deals only in pictures and now that people have smartphones that are more than capable of providing great image results, it is only natural that users would want to share their best looking photos with their friends and family members through Instagram.

Google Maps

Google is continuously updating its maps, allowing users to navigate through the city without much of a hassle. This has helped increase Google Maps’ popularity as almost everyone wants to download it so that they can roam around without any fear of getting lost.

Maps (Apple)

Maps app from Apple is available for iOS users only and it has been getting a lot of attention lately because of its incredible design. It is built to be user-friendly and its 3D map view is quite helpful. It also includes a voice enabled feature that lets users know which way they should turn. Furthermore, users are given an option to scan and look around the area to find food, drink, fun, or a shopping place. The app has become even better since the release of iOS 9.

Honorable Mentions

Here’s a list of apps that created quite a buzz during 2015 despite facing a stiff competition in their respective domains.

  1. Dubsmash (Entertainment)
  2. SecureTeen (Family)
  3. Google Photos (Media)
  4. Strava (Health and Fitness)
  5. Lara Croft Go (Games)