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Top 10 Most Popular Free Android Apps of 2016

As the number of smartphone users grow rapidly in the world, the number of mobile applications developed by app studios and the number of apps downloaded by users to their mobile devices also increase at a great rate. In this post, we take a look at the top 10 most popular free Android apps in 2016.

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Android is the most popular mobile operating system that is used by billions of smartphone and tablet users around the world. It is constantly evolving with new features and an ever-growing pool of applications that are developed by large companies as well as individuals.

The apps for Android are offered for purchase (paid apps) and download (free apps) on the official Android app store, which is also known as the Google Play Store. You can find almost any kind of app in this store in dozens of categories such as games, communication, education, entertainment, finance, music, news, shopping, sports, travel and more.

Although a plethora of new apps are being developed and added to the Play Store every year, there are some apps that continue to be highly popular and enter the "most downloaded apps" list almost every year. To give you a quick idea about which apps are the most popular among Android users, we prepared a list of 10 free apps that are highly downloaded in 2016.

Note that this is not an official list as we do not possess the information about official app download stats from the Google Play Store. We compiled this list based on a couple of factors including the approximate number of installs and number of reviews that are publicly available on the Play Store, as well as some online resources such as Wikipedia.

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10 Most Popular Free Android Apps in 2016

Without a specific order, here are the 10 most popular Android apps of 2016 that can be downloaded for free.

1. WhatsApp Messenger

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WhatsApp Messenger is probably the most popular mobile instant messenger application with a large user base from any mobile OS including Android. It is definitely not the first messenger app to exist, but it did a lot of things better than its predecessors, hence became quite popular and downloaded over 1 billion times.

Also Check: 5 WhatsApp Alternatives for Android and iOS

You can download and install the WhatsApp Messenger app to your Android device from this link.

2. Messenger

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Messenger is the real-time communication app for Facebook that's also downloaded over a billion times. It lets you send messages to your Facebook friends as well as other contacts in your phone book and create group chats. You can also send photos and videos using the Messenger app.

You can download and install the Messenger app to your Android device from this link.

3. Facebook

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Facebook app is the official app for Facebook, which offers the same social network experience that you have on desktop to the mobile. With Facebook app, you can seamlessly continue your communications and interactions with your Facebook friends while moving from a computer to a phone or to a tablet.

Also check the following Facebook tips:
Can I See Who Viewed My Profile?
How to Delete Facebook History
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Search People on Facebook by Email

You can download and install the Facebook app to your Android device from this link.

4. Instagram

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Instagram is now on the rise as a social networking platform just like Facebook was a couple of years ago. Installed on over 1 billion Android devices, Instagram app gives you the ability to share your photos and videos instantly with the world. If you are a social person, this is a must-have app on your phone.

The following Instagram tips might also be helpful:
Popular Instagram Hashtags
Clear Instagram Search History
Permanently Delete Instagram Account
Check Instagram History

You can download and install the Instagram app to your Android device from this link.

5. Snapchat

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Snapchat is another highly popular mobile application for communcating with your friends and contacts by sending text messages, as well as photos (snaps) One of the nice features of Snapchat is that it has a built-in tool for editing photos that you take on your phone and apply special effects.

You can download and install the Snapchat app to your Android device from this link.

6. YouTube

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(YouTube and the YouTube logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.)

YouTube is the #1 video sharing website where you can find a video about almost anything. The official YouTube app offers an easy way to watch videos, join discussions and upload your videos to your channel. If you are a regular video watcher, you will be frequently using this app. Here are some extra tips about downloading, installing and updating the YouTube mobile app.

Also check these YouTube Tips:
What to Watch on YouTube: 8 Interesting Channels
Change YouTube Username
Free Online YouTube Channel Art Makers

You can download and install the YouTube app to your Android device from this link.

7. Spotify Music

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Spotify Music is among the most widely used music listening apps that is downloaded by hundreds of millions of Android users. You can listen to free music on Spotify app anywhere and any time you want. You can create your own playlists, and download songs for offline listening with the premium subscription.

Also Check:
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You can download and install the Spotify Music app to your Android device from this link.

8. Angry Birds

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Angry Birds is one of the most well known mobile games that has a large fan base around the world. Now with its 2nd version, it offers new adventures for those who enjoy shooting targets with flying birds.

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You can download and install the Angry Birds app to your Android device from this link.

9. Skype

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Skype is another popular instant messenger that started on desktop and then moved to mobile and it is now a good alternative to WhatsApp. With Skype app, you can send text messages to your contacts, send images and files, make voice and video calls (including group video calls) for free.

Skype Tips:
10 Skype Alternatives for Desktop and Mobile
How to Mute All Sounds in Skype
Skype Keyboard Shortcuts

You can download and install the Skype app to your Android device from this link.

10. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus

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Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus is probably the most preferred mobile antivirus software that is downloaded over a hundred million times. It helps you protect your phone and files against harmful viruses, malware and spyware. It also has extra features such as locking your apps for only your use, blocking calls for privacy and checking Wi-fi around you.

Also Check: How to Download and Install AVG Free Edition

You can download and install the Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus app to your Android device from this link.

These are the top 10 most popular free Android apps in 2016. Let's see which off these apps will continue to stay on our new list next year.

If you are an app developer or considering to be one, the above list may give you some app ideas about what the majority of mobile users are interested in for the apps they most frequently use on their mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and watches. If you are just starting, you can also build your app with one of these free mobile app builders.

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