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Download.com's Most Downloaded Apps of 2017

YouTube, antivirus apps, and social media dominate the charts.

Apps in this Guide

Sure, Google and Apple have their own download lists and rankings, but what about the apps that may not even show up on their stores? With our catalog of 10 bazillion apps across Android, iPhones, iPads,more

Sure, Google and Apple have their own download lists and rankings, but what about the apps that may not even show up on their stores? With our catalog of 10 bazillion apps across Android, iPhones, iPads, Windows, and MacOS, we're a fly on the wall of the whole ecosystem. And now, you can be one, too, with this carefully collected crib sheet of our most downloaded apps of 2017, sorted by popularity and platform.

Top 10 Most Downloaded Mobile Apps of 2017

TubeMate

TubeMate

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Google's YouTube Red subscription service allows you to download videos for offline viewing, but it's only available in a handful of countries, which is where free apps like TubeMate come in.

TubeMate 3

TubeMate 3

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TubeMate 3 is updated for newer devices; if your phone or tablet is running Android 4.0 or newer, you should be using TubeMate 3 instead of TubeMate.

VidMate

VidMate

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VidMate is similar to TubeMate but designed to work with other websites in addition to YouTube.

​SnapTube

​SnapTube

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SnapTube is a competitor to VidMate that highlights the ability to convert a video directly into an MP3 audio file.

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger

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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with strong encryption from Open Whisper Systems that will help protect your texts, calls, and video chats from prying eyes.

​SHAREit

​SHAREit

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As its name implies, SHAREit facilitates cross-platform sharing and transferring media between devices (using Wi-Fi Direct, which is speedy and doesn't require a network router), and it has an integrated media player.

​Facebook

​Facebook

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Facebook is arguably the biggest social media platform in the world, despite all the competition it's faced since launching in 2004; in 2017, over two billion people logged into a Facebook account at least once a month, to chat, share millions of photos and videos, and promote a dizzying array of goods and services.

​PicsArt Photo Studio

​PicsArt Photo Studio

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Every mobile device needs a good photo editor, and the ones built into Android camera apps are usually pretty limited; PicsArt can fill the gap with more extensive tools and support for collages.

​YouTube

​YouTube

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If Facebook is the king of social media, YouTube is the king of user-generated streaming videos; it's a great destination for cooking instructions, product reviews, health and fitness advice, or just watching someone play a game that you're interested in.

Messenger (Facebook)

Messenger (Facebook)

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Messaging on Facebook is so popular that the company decided to break this function out into its own app, complete with voice and video calling, cross-platform compatibility; and the usual collection of stickers, emojis, and GIFs to annoy/amuse your family and friends.

Top 10 Most Downloaded Windows Apps of 2017

​CCleaner

​CCleaner

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CCleaner is the go-to Windows app for deleting junk files and obsolete Registry entries, which can help free up storage space and make your PC run more smoothly.

​Avast Free Antivirus

​Avast Free Antivirus

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Despite being free, Avast offers pretty respectable protection against viruses, worms, trojans, and other forms of malware, and its encouragement to upgrade to a subscription is relatively restrained.

​Driver Booster

​Driver Booster

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Making sure that your device drivers are up-to-date isn't the haphazard mess that it used to be, but apps like Driver Booster may still help you identify software updates that you've overlooked.

​Advanced SystemCare Free

​Advanced SystemCare Free

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This competitor to CCleaner has an arguably friendlier interface, including support for different visual themes. It also includes a feature called FaceID (unrelated to the iPhone X's user recognition sensors), which can secretly record the activities of a user who's gained unauthorized access to your device.

​Malwarebytes

​Malwarebytes

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Malwarebytes is one of our favorite antivirus apps because of its high-quality scanner, stability, and detailed explanations of its various functions; we have a 14-day free trial just a couple clicks away.

​IOBit Uninstaller

​IOBit Uninstaller

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Windows has a built-in app uninstaller, but you may want to double-check its performance with a third-party software remover like this one from IOBit.

​Virtual DJ 8

​Virtual DJ 8

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While playlists on streaming services have largely replaced the need for dedicated DJ software, Virtual DJ remains the de facto choice for professionals who've transitioned from vinyl -- which you can still emulate with this app, right down to record scratching, beat matching, and other tricks of the turntable.

​Driver Easy

​Driver Easy

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This competitor to Driver Booster promotes the ability to backup and restore your old drivers, in case there's a problem with the new ones.

​WhatsApp for PC

​WhatsApp for PC

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This official WhatsApp client lets you securely access the WhatsApp messaging network from your Windows desktop or laptop, to communicate with other WhatsApp users on their own PCs, laptops, tablets, or phones.

​Photoscape

​Photoscape

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Photoscape is a basic image editing program with more functions than Windows' built-in options, but it hasn't seen an update since September 2014; Paint.NET is a popular and more frequently updated alternative.

Top 10 Most Downloaded Mac Apps of 2017

5KPlayer

5KPlayer

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With 5KPlayer for Mac, you can easily stream videos, movies, and music to any AirPlay-enabled device, including Apple TV.

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

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Avast for the Mac doesn't just keep an eye out for malware. It keeps you out of trouble by alerting you to shady websites, suspicious emails attachments, and unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

AVG AntiVirus for Mac

AVG AntiVirus for Mac

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AVG's security software for Mac scans and removes malicious software. You can have AVG AntiVirus check a specific app you are worried about or check the entire contents of your drive.

Virtual DJ

Virtual DJ

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With Virtual DJ, you are the party. The app lets you mix songs and record mixtapes using songs you have in iTunes or GarageBand.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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What can't VLC Media Player do? It can play almost any video or audio file you have on your Mac. It handles a wide range of multimedia files, is powerful yet easy to use, and, perhaps best of all, is free.

Microsoft Office 2011

Microsoft Office 2011

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The 2011 edition of Microsoft Office contains welcome updates to Microsoft's collection of business apps, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and a new version of Outlook.

Minecraft

Minecraft

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Minecraft is big enough for all of us. You can explore maps, fight (or avoid) mobs, build automated contraptions, and design structures, by yourself or with friends.

Microsoft Office 2016 Preview

Microsoft Office 2016 Preview

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The 2016 edition of Office is a welcome update. The refreshed office suite lets you take advantage of OneDrive and share and collaborate with colleagues in real time.

Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes

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With Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, you can quickly scan your Mac for malicious and shady software and then easily remove it.