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The Top 25 Smartphone Apps, Revealed

by Fox Van Allen on August 25, 2014

Woman using iPhoneDigital analytics firm comScore has just released a list of the top 25 mobile apps in the United States based on the number of unique users of each over a one-month period this June. Did your favorites make the list?

According to the report, the top app in the United States is Facebook by far – 115.4 million people over the age of 18 used the social networking app in June. YouTube comes in second with 83.4 million unique users, followed by Google Play, Google Search and streaming music app Pandora. The full top 25 list is as follows:

1. Facebook (115.4 million)

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2. YouTube (83.4 million)

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3. Google Play (72.2 million)

This is the Android app store that comes preinstalled on every Android phone.

4. Google Search (70.2 million)

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5. Pandora (69 million)

While Pandora is the most popular music stream app, there are many others with different features you should consider.

6. Google Maps (64.5 million)

The indisputable king of online mapping apps, Google Maps is constantly being updated. Just in this year it added functionality that allows you to save maps for offline use, hail an Uber ride and measure aerial distances..

7. Gmail (60.3 million)

If you check your smartphone all the time for important emails, check out How To Never Miss an Important Email as well as 5 Tips for Getting More out of Gmail.

8. Instagram (46.6 million)

This image sharing app has the bells and whistles that keeps social photographers clicking away. Now you can even post video.

9. Apple Maps (42.1 million)

This comes standard on iPhones now, but is still far inferior to Google Maps.

10. Yahoo Stocks (42.1 million)

Again, standard on many phones.

11. iTunes Radio/iCloud (40.5 million)


12. Facebook Messenger (39.2 million)

This one is now required to use Facebook chat, but on the upside you can make free voice calls with it.

13. Yahoo Weather Widget (36.1 million)

Standard app for many Android phones. Consider these top-rated competitors

14. Twitter (34.7 million)

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced user, you can't be a part of today's social media scene without Twitter.

15. The Weather Channel (30 million)

See #13. 

16. Google+ (28.8 million)

Google's attempt at a social media service hasn't done very well, but it still comes standard on many phones.

17. Netflix (27.6 million)

Great for streaming a full season of "Orange is the New Black", but be careful only to watch when connected to Wi-Fi otherwise you'll eat through your data plan in no time.

18. Snapchat (26.5 million)

This photo sharing app that destroys the image shortly after sending has become an enormous hit among teens.

19. Amazon Mobile (26.5 million)

Many people don't know the best feature of this app: you can order a product simply by taking a snapshot of it with your phone.

20. Pinterest (24.6 million)

This moodboarding service is a great way to find inspiration, recipes and more.

21. eBay (22.2 million)

While eBay is a great way to unload your used goods, remember to change your password.

22. Skype (18.8 million)

The popular video chat service is always improving. Group video calls are now free and real-time speech translation is coming by the end of the year. It's also a great way to get free messaging.

23. Shazam (18.4 million)

A popular music recognition service. Check out #5 for listening and discovery options. 

24. Yahoo Mail (17.6 million)

Standard for many phones. #7 has more resources for you. 

25. Kik Messenger (17.2 million)

A popular messaging app that younger users have flocked to.

As you can see, there are a large number of Google apps on the list, thanks in part to so many of them being built in to Android phones by default. Social networking is big, too – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ all make the list.

Obviously, because the above list is constructed based on user numbers, there are a ton of great apps worth downloading that aren’t in the top 25. You can take a look at our picks for the best mobile apps by checking out our top 10 free Android apps and top 10 free iPhone apps.

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From Debra Coker on August 26, 2014 :: 2:22 pm

Facebook Messenger is more like a trojan horse than an app.  I’ve removed it from all my devices.  It completely takes over a device, draining a battery and, in some cases, completely locking it up.  Look carefully at the permissions before allowing it as well, because essentially you’re giving Facebook permission to oversee your whole life.

Yes, refusing to use it is going to cause me problems, but I’m not willing to allow Facebook this ridiculous control.



From Jezebellydancer on August 26, 2014 :: 2:30 pm

I agree. FB Messenger is like Big Brother. It was convenient, but at a price I am unwilling to pay. I’ve removed it.



From CSharpner on August 26, 2014 :: 2:27 pm

Google+ not doing very well???  The only people I ever see saying that are people that WISH it were true or are emotionally tied to facebook and don’t like change.  And it’s a lot more than _just_ the social stream.



From Justine O'Toole on August 26, 2014 :: 3:21 pm

left ‘facebook’ ‘dailymotion’ and ‘’ for G+ and I just love it! Clean look, easy uploads, no interference from a nosy ‘facebook’ account specialist and none of those intruding eMails - but hey, techlicious wants me to log in with ‘facebook’ what does that tell you??!!



From Josh Kirschner on August 26, 2014 :: 7:17 pm

We don’t “want” you to log in with facebook, it’s just an option! Though it does pull in your profile picture so you look like you in our comments. grin



From Justine O'Toole on October 08, 2014 :: 12:04 pm

ahhhm, you say it pulls in my profile picture? I don’t have a nice green sphere on my profile??!!



From Josh Kirschner on October 08, 2014 :: 10:07 pm

Did you use the Facebook login button to comment?


From Justine O'Toole on October 08, 2014 :: 10:47 pm

Josh Kirschner, you’re right, I didn’t log in with ‘facebook’ - go to my ‘G+’ I am there ((-;


From Jeffrey Deutsch on August 26, 2014 :: 5:28 pm

Google Maps may have some fancy gizmos. However, it’s screwed me over multiple times, in multiple areas (Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and southeastern Pennsylvania). In situations where various people were paying me to arrive at a certain place by a certain time.

MapQuest isn’t immune from mess-ups—in fact, just a few days ago I sent them a heads-up on another glitch. But it’s never left me high and dry.

And that’s why MapQuest is my go-to map app.



From Kelly on August 26, 2014 :: 6:11 pm

If I have the item to take a picture of it, why would I want to take a picture of it to order another one from Amazon?  wink  Perhaps if one were at a store and wanting to price shop, this would be a nice feature, but does it not seem odd to anyone else?

I am moving toward G+, the trouble I’m having is understanding who will see a post and how I can start groups/add people to them.



From Kathy on August 27, 2014 :: 10:08 am

I agree with the comments here.
Facebook Messenger used up my battery so fast that I uninstalled it after a few days. People can text me or call if they need to talk to me!
Google+ is becoming my go-to social app. I just need a few more family members on it and I will be telling Facebook “Goodbye!”



From Hemant Mendiratta on October 28, 2014 :: 2:53 pm

The apps mentioned in this article are basic and most of them can be found in almost all the smartphones. To add to these apps, there are keyboard apps like Swift Key,Fleksy,Swype which make typing easy, interactive and convenient. These apps make typing a real fun on your smrtphone.



From Funamo Parental control on March 08, 2015 :: 1:01 am

This post is incredible. I also recently using a more apps on my kids phone to control on web browsing, app, and monitoring on their device. Hopefully you guys also love the the app.



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