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These Are the Most Popular iPhone Apps of 2016

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Of the two million apps that currently inhabit the App Store, Apple has singled out 20 that have proven to be the most popular in 2016. The company just published its annual best of the year lists, which include a compilation of the top 10 free and paid apps that dominated the App Store this year.

The most-downloaded free iPhone app in 2016 is Snapchat, which moved up from number five on last year’s list and is replacing Trivia Crack in the number one slot. Facebook Messenger remained the second most-downloaded app, while Pokémon Go was the third, taking Dubsmash’s spot from 2015.

Both Snapchat and Facebook Messenger saw significant changes and updates throughout the year. Snap Inc. just released Spectacles, smart camera glasses that connect to your phone to send first-person disappearing images and video. The company added new filters, 3D stickers, other updates to its Snapchat app this year as well. Facebook Messenger, meanwhile, saw the rollout of chat bots and integrations with more third party apps and games in 2016.

Pokémon Go quickly became a smash hit after it launched this past July, becoming bigger than Tinder and nearly surpassing Twitter’s daily active user count within days of its launch. Heads Up! and Minecraft Pocket Edition remain among the most popular paid apps of the year.

Here are the most downloaded free and paid iPhone apps of 2016.

Top Free iPhone Apps
Pokémon GO
Google Maps
Spotify Music

Top Paid iPhone Apps
Heads Up!
Face Swap Live
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
7 Minute Workout Challenge
Geometry Dash
Plague Inc.
Akinator the Genie
Bloons TD 5

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