These Are The 10 Most Popular Apps in South Africa – 2020

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As per recent records, there are 22 million smartphone users in South Africa. Android remains the most popular mobile operating system with a market share of about 84%.

Android dominance is mostly attributed to the variety of brands that offer smartphones at various price points from entry-level devices all the way to flagship smartphones.

The use of smartphones has led to the sprouting of apps in the country, both locally made and international apps that have also found a home in South Africa. A look at the most popular apps in the country gives a clear picture of what South Africans do on their phones.

The most prevalent activity seems to be the use of social media apps with 4 out of the 10 popular apps in Android being social apps while 5 out of the popular apps on iOS are social apps. Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak and work from home rules, we have observed an increase in the use of Zoom and other apps such as TikTok that have really gained in popularity during these times.

Interestingly though, there’s a disparity between the popular apps on iOS and those on Android. There’s no valid explanation to this, maybe just a difference in the type of audience between the operating systems.

Below is a list of the most popular apps as of June 2020, divided into Android and iOS:

  1. WhatsApp
  2. Showmax
  3. Capitec Bank
  4. Facebook Lite
  5. TikTok
  6. Tangle Master 3D
  7. SHAREit
  8. Snapchat
  9. Zoom
  10. Talking Tom
  1. Zoom
  2. TikTok
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Peegle Live
  5. Netflix
  6. YouTube
  7. Messenger
  8. Instagram
  9. Facebook
  10. Takealot

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