In today’s world, smart devices and popular apps are commonplace. They have become an essential part of everyday life for many people. We rely on popular apps to check the news, get our email, watch videos, and even stay in touch with our friends. Apps are no longer considered to be groundbreaking in the traditional sense, but we utilize them so much and for so many purposes that they are nearly impossible to live without. Check out below for some incredibly popular apps, namely popular social media apps and popular game apps, sorted by overall popularity.

Top 10 Most Popular Apps Out There Right Now

1. Facebook

Person scrolling through Facebook on her tablet

The number one social media app by far is Facebook. Without Facebook, we wouldn’t have the pleasure of knowing what our friends are thinking, feeling, or doing at any given moment of the day. We all know what it’s like to have those friends who overshare or clog your newsfeed with links you have no interest in. But in its best and truest form, Facebook is one of the best popular apps available for keeping in touch with your social network.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Web

2. Messenger

Facebook Messenger on an Android phone

Facebook’s decision to create a separate app for its built-in messaging platform has proven to be extremely successful, making Messenger one of the most popular social media apps since 2014. In its most recent configuration, multiple new features have appeared. Just remembered that you owe your friend ten dollars? Use Messenger to send money instantly. What if you don’t have a friend’s cell number? Make video or phone calls right from this popular app via Wi-Fi.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Web

3. Instagram

pictures on Instagram

In its simplest form, Instagram is a photo-sharing app but it’s so much more than that — it’s a network, a community built up of people from varying industries. Instagram reinvigorated the use of advertisements, in a sense, allowing users to easily market their company or their own work without making it seem like they are in fact advertising. Consider restaurants that display photos of mouthwatering food or entertainment industry professionals who share their set photos for a behind-the-scenes look at hit television shows or movies.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Web

4. Snapchat

Adding people on Snapchat

Aimed primarily at and used most widely by millennials, Snapchat has become one of the most extraordinarily popular apps for socializing with peers. Many people have the desire to consume as much media as possible – but in bite-sized chunks. Instead of simply reading a status update or blog post, many would rather get to experience things as they happen, always getting the inside scoop with these “one view only” moments. If you’d like to be as connected as possible, whether with a friend, acquaintance, or even a celebrity, Snapchat is it.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

5. Twitter

welcome to Twitter screen message

Twitter is one of the main popular apps responsible for the viral spreading of today’s news, perhaps even more so than Facebook or any other social media platform. Instead of hindering users, Twitter’s restrictive character length requirement has taught users to be succinct in reporting various bits of news. Count on Twitter to keep you in the know at all times, thanks to the real-time updates that can be found on any given topic.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Web

6. Pinterest

Pinterest feed

A visual bookmarking tool, Pinterest allows you to sort through photos and then save those photos for a later date. Create and share your own bulletin boards filled with “pins” that matter to you, whether those might be various recipes, creative hacks and ideas, or even a list of movies you want to see. This popular app has also been responsible for helping users plan future events, such as weddings, dream or otherwise. Pinterest is an amazing app that lets your imagination soar higher than ever imagined.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Web

7. Tinder

matching with someone on Tinder

A matchmaking app, Tinder brings you back to those middle school days of wondering whether someone you like is going to like you back. However, Tinder brings this worry to a completely modernized level, essentially revamping the dating world entirely. Although the app has enhanced overall hookup tactics, it has also led to true love in the form of marriage. All you need to do is swipe right to “like” the person you’re presented with or swipe left to “dislike” said person. It’s as simple as that – once you get a match, take it from there.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

8. Waze

Waze, one of the most popular apps for drivers

Waze is not only one of the most popular navigation apps but it is also a social network in itself. It is community-based, relying on drivers to connect with other drivers and share real-time information pertaining to traffic and road conditions, not limited to cop sightings, road closures, and so much more. An incredible network that really proves useful, if you haven’t already used Waze, try it out the next time you travel, and you will not be disappointed.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

9. PinOut!

PinOut! screenshots

Ever wanted to play a game of endless pinball? Maybe not – but PinOut! makes it incredibly fun and addicting. You might think this is a revamp of retro pinball, and it is, if you leave out the fact that there is no top border to the table. The idea of this game is to keep the ball moving upwards, constantly delving into new areas, which in turn bring their own set of flippers, unique design, and twists. Enter into as many new worlds as possible before time runs out!

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

10. Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes screenshots

Plants vs. Zombies is one of the most popular app games franchises around. In prior installments of the franchise, players only had the option of being the heroic plants, but Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes switches it up. Now you get the chance to control the side of your choosing, plants or zombies. A competitive card game of sorts has also been integrated into this new system, in which players bring their best deck of cards to throw down during gameplay.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Summing Up

Apps have clearly taken over our lives, and we welcome the onslaught of new innovations being tossed our way. Thinking about a time in which apps didn’t have the hold on society that they do today might cause one to shudder. It’s hard to think how we functioned without something that makes our everyday lives so much easier. If you’ve never tried any of the popular apps mentioned above, now is the perfect time. Leave a comment below to share some of your favorite popular apps and tell us what makes them so great.

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