What Apple’s App Store Reveals About the Coronavirus Economy

Zoom has led the app store charts for more consecutive days than Fortnite, TikTok, Snapchat, or Angry Birds

A photo of coronavirus-related apps on a person’s iPhone home screen.
Some apps about corona are seen on an iPhone amid the coronavirus outbreak on April 12, 2020 in Veghel, Netherlands. Photo: Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images

The hit parade

Zoom began this year ranked #691 on the App Store charts in the United States. A few months later, it is now the #1 most popular iPhone app in 68 countries.

Zoom daily Apps Chart ranking and downloads in 2020. Image: Eric Feng

Shifting behaviors

The coronavirus has helped steer a massive shift in communication preference to video for all use cases, business and personal alike.

Image: Eric Feng
Image: Eric Feng

Sports, jobs, and communication

Image: Eric Feng
Image: Eric Feng
Image: Eric Feng
Image: Eric Feng
Image: Eric Feng


Luckin Coffee ranking. Image: Eric Feng

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