Google Play Store or Play Store is an official digital marketplace for Android that allows users to download apps, purchase games, and rent online content from several listed apps onto their Android-powered smartphones. Formerly known as the Android Store, the online platform comprises various forms of media based on sections such as apps, games, books, and movies & TV shows. Users can download any media (apps and games) by navigating to its dedicated page and tapping the install button. The required app or game gets installed onto the Android phone in a few minutes.

With over 2.5 million apps and games listed, the platform is developed to cater to users’ diverse requirements, from entertainment to communication. Every week, a few specific apps emerge at the top, depending on the download rates or interest captured by users worldwide. This week is no different, as certain apps have emerged among the most downloaded apps on the platform. Let’s check out some of the most downloaded apps on the Google Play Store Top Free Apps List.

Disney+ Hotstar (Photo Credits: @DisneyPlusHS/ Twitter)

Disney+ Hotstar:

Topping the chart on Google Play Store top free apps list is Disney-owned Disney+ Hotstar, which is one of the leading online streaming services available in the market right now that caters to massive Indian audiences as well as the worldwide diaspora. The OTT platform has a huge content collection, including movies, TV shows, live sports action and exclusive Disney+ originals. The USP of the streaming platform is that it provides a high-quality streaming experience, making it a go-to option for users looking for seamless entertainment. Moreover, its live sports feature is another reason for its popularity this week, especially for cricket, as it drives massive viewership courtesy of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and West Indies. Watch India vs South Africa T20 World Cup 2024 Final Live.

Instagram Logo (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)


Meta-owned Instagram grabs the second spot for the most downloaded on the Google Play Store top free apps list this week. It has managed to do so with its constant updates that keep the users engaged. Initially introduced as a mere photo-sharing platform, Instagram has rejuvenated itself by bringing features like Reels, Stories, IGTV, and shopping, catering to audiences worldwide. Evolving with the latest trends and clean user interface, this consistent effort of Instagram has assisted it reach new heights and sitting among the top downloaded apps on the Play Store.

WhatsApp (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

WhatsApp Messenger:

The third position in the Google Play Store top free app list has been earned by the most prevalent instant messaging app, WhatsApp Messenger. Initially launched for iOS in 2009, the Meta-owned platform revolutionised the industry with simple, reliable, and end-to-end encryption. The present-day WhatsApp Messenger has come a long way since its inception. It now offers several new features like video calls, voice calls, status and more, that have ensured extensive usability for personal and professional communication. It has resulted in WhatsApp Messenger reaching several millions of users, resulting in a high download rate. How To Use Meta AI on WhatsApp on Mobile and Web.

Facebook (File Photo)


Leading social media networking Facebook is another Meta-owned platform that finds its place in the Google Play Store top free app list. Despite various controversies, the platform provides a seamless interface for users to connect with their social circle, be it friends or family. It allows users to share content, join groups and participate in events, which has turned out to be engaging for audiences of all age groups. Moreover, the app’s wide reach and integration with other Meta-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram have extensively contributed to its unremitting popularity worldwide, resulting in higher download rates on the Play Store.

Telegram (File Photo)


Telegram Messenger is an instant messaging service that has emerged among the top downloaded in the Google Play Store top free app list. Initially launched for iOS in 2013, the platform allows users to exchange messages and share media or files. Apart from holding private and group voice or video calls, users can also use the platform for social networking with features like stories, large public groups with up to 2 lakh members, or sharing one-way updates in channels. Since its inception, the company focused on regular feature updates with user-friendly design, which has resulted in a strong presence in the competitive messaging space.

From Telegram to Disney+ Hotstar, all five apps in the Google Play Store top free app list have been addressing diverse needs of users globally in categories like communication and social networking. Continuous adaptability and constant innovation are the foremost reasons that these applications have emerged among the most downloaded free apps on Android’s Play Store.

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