Despite a $ 5.7 million fine and changes to restrict its use by 13-year-olds, TikTok retained its No. 1 position as the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to a new report from the Sensor Tower. The app saw more than 33 million App Store downloads during Q1, and was followed by YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger to round out the top five.
16 top app, Twitter, also had a good quarter, the app store intelligence's report
With 11.7 million App Store downloads, it saw the biggest quarter in terms of downloads since Q1 2015 – and a year-over-year increase or 3.6 percent. Of course, these figures will not necessarily translate to an increase in active users, though, if installs have a direct correlation to usage.
But while TikTok was again topping the App Store, it Not the most downloaded app on Android devices in Q1. This past quarter, WhatsApp was the No. 1 app on Google Play with nearly 199 million installs. It was followed by Messenger, then TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram.
Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger all saw over 150 millions apiece in Q1 2019, as did TikTok.
Though not the top app on Android, TikTok still had a huge quarter – particularly in India, where 88.6 million users installed the app in Q1, up 8.2 times over Q1 2018, Sensor Tower noted in an earlier report.
That said, TikTok's numbers for the next quarter may not be as good. The app was banned in India in April over illegal content including pornography. While that was lifted later that month, Sensor Tower estimated it had cost the app at least 15 million downloads, and what would have been its biggest ever.
An up-and-comer in Q1 included YouTube Kids, which saw a 291 percent quarter-over-quarter increase and 29 million downloads on Google Play, where it joined YouTube and YouTube Music to become a top 20 app.
With the two app stores figures combined, WhatsApp became the most downloaded app in the quarter with over 22 million installs across the App Store and Google Play.
Messenger clocked in at No. 2 with nearly 203 million installs. And TikTok's gains on the App Store allowed it to take the No. 3rd position, followed by Facebook and Instagram
The rest of the top 10 did not change, with Facebook claiming four of the top five spots. Meanwhile, first-time users in India pushed image editor PicsArt into the worldwide top 20.