Despite facing a whopping fine of $5.7 million from the FTC, TikTok is still going strong despite making changes on its app to restrict its use by children under the age of 13. TikTok has managed to retain its No. 1 position as the most downloaded app on the App Store of Apple, achieving this feat for the fifth consecutive quarter. The app has witnessed more than 33 million iOS downloads during the first quarter of 2019, which was followed by Google’s YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, which are all owned and run by Facebook.
Twitter, which is holding the 16th position in the list for the most downloaded apps on iOS, also experienced a good quarter.
With over 11.7 million App Store downloads, Twitter saw its biggest quarter in terms of downloads since the first quarter of 2015. The company has witnessed a year-over-year increase of around 3.6 percent, which is very impressive for a social networking company of this magnitude. These download figures will not necessarily be able to translate to an increase in the active users’ count of Twitter, as app installs are not a direct correlation to app usage.
While TikTok is reigning the top charts of the App Store of Apple, it was actually not the most downloaded app on Android’s Play Store in the first quarter of this year.
With a huge footprint in emerging markets as well as having a larger total user base when compared to Apple, Android trends tend to look much more different from those on iOS. Just this past quarter, WhatsApp was the Number 1 app on the Google Play Store with nearly close to 200 million app installs. This was followed by Messenger, then TikTok, Facebook, and then Instagram tops out that list for the 5 most downloaded apps on Android devices.
Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger all saw over 150 million app installs apiece in the first quarter of 2019, just like the figures of TikTok.
Although not being the most downloaded app on Android, TikTok still had a huge first quarter, and it saw massive growth in India, where more than 88 million new users installed this app in Q1 of 2019, a figure which is up by 8.2 times over the Q1 figures of 2018.
With that being said, the numbers of TikTok for the next quarter of 2019 may not be as rosy as this quarter. The app was banned in India in the month of April over displaying illegal content which includes pornography. While that ban was lifted later in that month, it is estimated that the ban had cost TikTok at least 15 million downloads in that country, which would have allowed the app to have its biggest-ever month.
Facebook’s Messenger clocked in at the Number 2 position with nearly 203 million installs. The gains of TikTok on the App Store allowed the app to take the Number 3 position, which was followed by Facebook and then Instagram.