Apple Reveals Most Popular App Store Apps and Games of 2023

As the end of 2023 nears, Apple today revealed the most downloaded App Store apps and games of the year in the United States, as listed below.

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The year-end charts can also be found in the App Store's Today tab, and they are localized for more than 35 countries and regions.

Top Free iPhone Apps

1. Temu: Shop Like a Billionaire
2. CapCut - Video Editor
3. Max: Stream HBO, TV, & Movies
4. Threads, an Instagram app
5. TikTok
6. Instagram
7. Google
8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
9. WhatsApp Messenger
10. Gmail - Email by Google

Top Paid iPhone Apps

1. Shadowrocket
2. HotSchedules
3. Procreate Pocket
4. The Wonder Weeks
5. 75 Hard
6. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
7. Goblin Tools
8. TonalEnergy Tuner & Metronome
9. SkyView
10. AnkiMobile Flashcards

Top Free iPhone Games

2. Roblox
3. Royal Match
4. Subway Surfers
5. Gardenscapes
6. Call of Duty: Mobile
7. Block Blast!
8. Makeover Studio: Makeup Games
9. Parking Jam 3D
10. Survivor!.io

Top Paid iPhone Games

1. Minecraft
2. Heads Up!
3. Geometry Dash
4. Bloons TD 6
6. Papa's Freezeria To Go!
7. Plague Inc.
8. Red's First Flight
9. Five Nights at Freddy's
10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Top Free iPad Apps

1. Max: Stream HBO, TV, & Movies
2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
3. Netflix
4. Google Chrome
5. Disney+
6. Goodnotes 6
7. TikTok
8. Amazon Prime Video
9. Temu: Shop Like a Billionaire
10. Peacock TV: Stream TV & Movies

Top Paid iPad Apps

1. Procreate
2. Shadowrocket
3. Nomad Sculpt
4. forScore
5. Toca Life: Hospital
6. Bluebeam Revu for iPad
7. Teach Your Monster to Read
8. AnkiMobile Flashcards
9. Endless Paper
10. ToonSquid

Top Free iPad Games

1. Roblox
2. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
3. Subway Surfers
4. Royal Match
5. Among Us!
6. Duet Cats: Cute Cat Games
7. Stumble Guys
9. Bridge Race
10. Gardenscapes

Top Paid iPad Games

1. Minecraft
2. Geometry Dash
3. Bloons TD 6
4. Stardew Valley
6. Five Nights at Freddy's
7. Red's First Flight
8. Poppy Playtime Chapter 1
9. Plague Inc.
10. Garten of Banban 2

Top Apple Arcade Games

1. NBA 2K23 Arcade Edition
2. Cooking Mama: Cuisine!
3. Bloons TD 6+
4. Angry Birds Reloaded
5. Sneaky Sasquatch
6. Warped Kart Racers
7. Hello Kitty Island Adventure
9. Fruit Ninja Classic+
10. Solitaire by MobilityWare+

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Top Rated Comments

GMShadow Avatar
27 weeks ago
The free list is depressing.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
picpicmac Avatar
27 weeks ago

The free list is depressing.
Yes, it is, so let's dive in and tell the truth about what is going on:

[TD]1. Temu: Shop Like a Billionaire[/TD]
[TD]A Chinese billionaire's company with HQ in Ireland, inc. in Bahamas, to direct-sell cheap items from underpaid workers in China.[/TD]
[TD]2. CapCut - Video Editor[/TD]
[TD]ByteDance marketing intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]3. Max: Stream HBO, TV, & Movies[/TD]
[TD]Warner Bros. Discovery[/TD]
[TD]4. Threads, an Instagram app[/TD]
[TD]Meta marketing intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]5. TikTok[/TD]
[TD]ByteDance marketing intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]6. Instagram[/TD]
[TD]Meta marketing intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]7. Google[/TD]
[TD]Alphabet's marketing and intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream[/TD]
[TD]Alphabet's marketing and intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]9. WhatsApp Messenger[/TD]
[TD]Meta marketing intelligence app[/TD]
[TD]10. Gmail - Email by Google[/TD]
[TD]Alphabet's marketing and intelligence app[/TD]

To be fair to Temu, it's founder/principle owner may do actual philanthropy with his money. However, it still is a means of maximizing profit from laborers paid much less than their equivalents in the buyer's countries.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
danmart Avatar
27 weeks ago
I find it amazing that Procreate still tops the list of paid apps after all these years - kudos to the developers.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
27 weeks ago
The fact Temu is the #1 app on the App Store despite it being a clear scam is proof enough Apple does not vet anything and why all their excuses to why iOS shouldn't have sideloading hold no water.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sorinut Avatar
27 weeks ago

No GPT anywhere is interesting
I don't see much point in having ChatGPT as an app on your phone.. How often does one use it after the initial newness wears off?

This list is kinda depressing...I don't have a single game installed on my iPhone.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
27 weeks ago

The free list is depressing.
In App Purchase has made the free/paid lists completely meaningless. It should be sorted by potential maximum daily cost including any purchase price and all subscription options. But then that would reveal the ugly truth behind the curtain.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)