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Zoom destroys TikTok's record for downloads from the App Store in 2020

Zoom is now the most popular iOS app to download worldwide. (Source: Zoom)
Zoom is now the most popular iOS app to download worldwide. (Source: Zoom)
TikTok posted an impressive 67 million official downloads onto iOS devices in the US in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, in 2Q2020, this stat has been eclipsed by one of approximately 94 million by the collaboration app Zoom. This is a major factor in a trend favoring business-focused apps on the Cupertino company's platform.
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A new Sensor Tower report for 2Q2020 concludes that Zoom took the title for most downloaded from iOS' App Store over those 3 months. This was found to be the case in the US market as well as for the global Apple-device sphere. The video-conferencing software took this #1 spot away from TikTok, who held the record for most downloaded onto iPhones or iPads in 1Q2020.

Zoom's success was attributed to the effects of Covid-19 on interprofessional communication and collaboration. In fact, of the top 10 iOS apps for the quarter, 6 of them (Zoom, Facebook, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Microsoft Teams) could be said to have this kind of use-case. 

Then again, there was evidence that Zoom also took over as a general go-to consumer-grade video-calling app in 2Q2020. Similarly, 'pro-social-distancing' App Store categories such as gaming, health and education grew by 33%, 58% and 84% respectively compared to pre-lockdown times, whereas the Navigation and Travel (ride-sharing apps included) groups fell by 30% and 62% respectively.

The fortunes of some app types changed a lot thanks to Covid-19. (Source: Sensor Tower via 9to5Mac)
The fortunes of some app types changed a lot thanks to Covid-19. (Source: Sensor Tower via 9to5Mac)

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Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 4382 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-20 (Update: 2020-07-20)