Apple unveils the best and most downloaded App Store apps and games of 2020

Following its picks for the best books, audiobooks and podcasts of 2020, Apple today unveiled this year’s top 20 most downloaded apps and games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch, as well as its picks for the best titles across those platforms.

The inclusive exercise and movement app Wakeout! was named the iPhone App of the Year. The best iPhone game of 2020 was RPG Genshin Impact, an open-world RPG title that’s massive in scope and scale. The iPad App of the Year award went to Zoom, a video conferencing app that was originally an enterprise play but became an indispensable tool for work-from-home people and others. The best iPad game of 2020 was the collectible card game Legends of Runeterra that’s set in the League of Legends universe.

The Mac App of the Year award went to Flexibits’ awesome calendar app Fantastical. The Mac Game of the Year was Disco Elysium, a detective RPG title. Disney+ was named the ‌Apple TV‌ App of the Year while the adventure platformer Dandara Trials of Fear was named the ‌Apple TV‌ Game of the Year. The meditation app Endel got the Apple Watch App of the Year award. And lastly, Sneaky Sasquatch was named Apple’s Apple Arcade Game of the Year.

Phils Schiller, Apple Fellow:

This year, more than ever before, some of our most creative and connected moments happened in apps. This was thanks to the amazing work of developers who introduced fresh, helpful app experiences throughout the year,. Around the world, we saw remarkable efforts from so many developers and these Best of 2020 winners are 15 outstanding examples of that innovation. From helping us stay fit and mindful, to keeping our children’s education on track to helping fight hunger, their impact was meaningful to so many of us.

Learn more about these cherry-picked titles in an App Store feature. Apple also shared the top 20 most downloaded App Store apps and games of 2020 across iOS, iPadOS and macOS:

Top Free Apps

  1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  2. TikTok
  3. Disney+
  4. YouTube
  5. Instagram
  6. Facebook
  7. Snapchat
  8. Messenger
  9. Gmail
  10. Cash App
  11. Amazon Shopping
  12. Netflix
  13. Google Maps
  14. DoorDash
  15. Spotify
  16. WidgetSmith
  17. WhatsApp Messenger
  18. Venmo
  19. Google
  20. Google Meet

Top Paid Apps

  1. TouchRetouch
  2. Procreate Pocket
  3. Facetune
  4. HotSchedules
  5. AutoSleep
  6. The Wonder Weeks
  7. SkyView
  8. Shadowrocket
  9. Sky Guide
  10. Forest – Stay Focused
  11. FlickType Keyboard
  12. Mirror for Samsung TV
  13. Scanner Pro by Readdle
  14. kirakira+
  15. Toca Hair Salon 3
  16. Screen Mirroring+ for Roku
  17. The Mandalorian Stickers
  18. FiLMiC Pro
  19. EpoCam Webcamera for Computer
  20. Star Walk 2: The Night Sky Map

Top Free Games

  1. Among Us!
  2. Call of Duty: Mobile
  3. Roblox
  4. Subway Surfers
  5. Ink Inc. — Tattoo Drawing
  6. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
  7. Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles
  8. Brain Out
  9. Coin Master
  10. Cube Surfer!
  11. Woodturning 3D
  12. Homescapes
  13. Johnny Trigger
  14. Tangle Master 3D
  15. Mario Kart Tour
  16. Fishdom
  17. Sort It 3D
  18. Rescue Cut — Rope Puzzle
  19. Park Master
  20. UNO!

Top Paid Games

  1. Minecraft
  2. Plague Inc.
  3. Heads Up! Best Charades game
  4. Monopoly
  5. Bloons TD 6
  6. Geometry Dash
  7. NBA 2K20
  8. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  9. The Game of Life
  10. True Skate
  11. Clue: The Classic Mystery Game
  12. Terraria
  13. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  14. Stardew Valley
  15. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  16. Bloons TD 5
  17. Exploding Kittens
  18. Farming Simulator 20
  19. Rebel Inc.
  20. Arcadia — Arcade Watch Games

This marks Apple’s first Best Of list that awards each winner with a physical ‌App Store‌ icon made from 100 percent recycled aluminum with the winner’s name engraved on the other side.

In addition to the top 20 free and paid charts and its picks of the best apps and games of 2020 across the iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS platforms, Apple has also recognized a bunch of helpful apps that get users daily self-care they needed, including the meditation app Shine, whiteboarding app Everything Whiteboard, kid-focused messaging app Caribu, augmented reality game Pokémon Go and charity app ShareTheMeal.