Best iPhone apps and games revealed by Apple for 2021 – full official list

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APPLE has revealed the very best iPhone apps and games for 2021.

It includes handpicked games by Apple – as well as full lists for the most downloaded titles.


The iPhone maker's annual App Store Awards is a great way to see what was trending throughout the year.

But it's also a clever system to make sure you've got the latest and greatest apps installed.

Apple's iPhone App of the Year for 2021 was Toca Life World, a game for children where you create your own world and stories.

Unsurprisingly, iPhone Game of the Year was League of Legends: Wild Rift.

This free-to-play riff on the wildly popular PC game is gorgeous, plays brilliantly, and has endless deployability.

The Apple Arcade Game of the year was Fantasian, an adventure game from the creator of Final Fantasy.

It's a clever RPG that's exclusive to iOS devices through an Apple Arcade subscription.

Apple says the Trend of the Year was "connection", highlighting apps and games that brought us together.

Notable mentions included sleuthing game Among Us!, dating app Bumble, design app Canva, food-finding app EatOkra, and female-focused pregnancy and menopause app Peanut.

"The developers who won App Store Awards in 2021 harnessed their own drive and vision to deliver the best apps and games of the year," said Apple chief Tim Cook.

"Sparking the creativity and passion of millions of users around the world.

"From self-taught indie coders to inspiring leaders building global businesses.

"These standout developers innovated with Apple technology, with many helping to foster the profound sense of togetherness we needed this year."

And here are the lists for most downloaded apps in 2021.

Top free iPhone apps US

  • TikTok
  • YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook
  • Messenger
  • Google Maps
  • Gmail – Email by Google
  • ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  • Amazon Shopping
  • Cash App
  • WhatsApp Messenger
  • Netflix
  • Spotify New Music and Podcasts
  • Google
  • HBO Max: Stream TV & Movies
  • DoorDash – Food Delivery
  • Google Chrome
  • Discord – Talk, Chat & Hangout
  • SHEIN – Online Fashion

Top free iPhone apps UK

  • NHS App
  • WhatsApp Messenger
  • TikTok
  • Instagram
  • YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook
  • Google Maps
  • Messenger
  • NHS COVID-19
  • Uber Eats: Food Delivery
  • ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  • Amazon
  • Spotify New Music and Podcasts
  • Shop: package & order tracker
  • Gmail – Email by Google
  • My McDonald’s UK
  • Netflix
  • Deliveroo: Food Delivery

Top paid iPhone apps US

  • Procreate Pocket
  • HotSchedules
  • The Wonder Weeks
  • TouchRetouch
  • Facetune
  • Shadowrocket
  • 75 Hard
  • Dark Sky Weather
  • AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
  • SkyView®
  • Forest – Your Focus Motivation
  • Screen Mirroring + for Roku
  • My Macros+ Diet & Calories
  • GoodNotes 5
  • Da Vinci Eye: AR Art Projector
  • Paprika Recipe Manager 3
  • EpocCam Webcamera for Computer
  • Sky Guide
  • Hear My Baby Heartbeat Monitor
  • Screen Mirroring+ for Fire TV

Top paid iPhone apps UK

  • Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit
  • Official DVSA Theory Test Kit
  • The Wonder Weeks
  • Procreate Pocket
  • CITB Op/Spec HS&E test 2019
  • Forest – Your Focus Motivation
  • TouchRetouch
  • Squeezy NHS Pelvic Floor App
  • Facetune
  • Freya • Surge Timer
  • Dark Sky Weather
  • AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
  • Driving Theory by James May
  • CITB MAP HS&E test 2019
  • Site Audit Pro
  • Da Vinci Eye: AR Art Projector
  • Carbs & Cals: Diet & Diabetes
  • ChirpOMatic – Europe
  • The TeamTOMM App
  • WiFi Now Remote

Top free iPhone games US

  • Among Us!
  • Roblox
  • Project Makeover
  • Call of Duty®: Mobile
  • Subway Surfers
  • High Heels!
  • Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
  • Water Sort Puzzle
  • Shortcut Run
  • Bridge Race
  • Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D
  • Stacky Dash
  • Paper Fold
  • 8 Ball Pool™
  • Parking Jam 3D
  • Pokémon GO
  • Roof Rails
  • Tangle Master 3D
  • Sushi Roll 3D – ASMR Food Game
  • Nail Salon 3D

Top free iPhone games UK

  • Among Us!
  • Roblox
  • Project Makeover
  • Water Sort Puzzle
  • High Heels!
  • Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D
  • 8 Ball Pool™
  • Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
  • Shortcut Run
  • Subway Surfers
  • BitLife – Life Simulator
  • Roof Rails
  • Stacky Dash
  • Call of Duty®: Mobile
  • Score! Hero 2
  • Bridge Race
  • Parking Jam 3D
  • Pokémon GO
  • Happy Printer
  • Nail Salon 3D

Top paid iPhone games US

  • Minecraft
  • Heads Up!
  • Bloons TD 6
  • Monopoly
  • Geometry Dash
  • My Child Lebensborn
  • Plague Inc.
  • True Skate
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Incredibox
  • Stardew Valley
  • Bloons TD 5
  • Terraria
  • Five Nights at Freddy's
  • Papa's Freezeria To Go!
  • The Game of Life 2
  • The Game of Life
  • Clue: The Classic Mystery Game
  • Papa's Mocharia To Go!
  • Farming Simulator 20

Top paid iPhone games UK

  • Minecraft
  • Football Manager 2021 Mobile
  • Monopoly
  • Heads Up!
  • Bloons TD 6
  • Plague Inc.
  • The Chase: Ultimate Edition
  • My Child Lebensborn
  • Geometry Dash
  • Tipping Point
  • Pocket Build
  • Countdown – The Official TV Show App
  • Earn to Die 2
  • Bloons TD 5
  • True Skate
  • Cluedo: The Official Edition
  • The Game of Life 2
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Incredibox
  • Tenable

Top Apple Arcade games US

  • The Oregon Trail
  • NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
  • Sneaky Sasquatch
  • Sonic Racing
  • SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
  • Skate City
  • PAC-MAN Party Royale
  • Cut the Rope Remastered
  • Hot Lava
  • Angry Birds Reloaded
  • Mini Motorways
  • SongPop Party
  • Fruit Ninja Classic+
  • Crossy Road Castle
  • Solitaire by MobilityWare +
  • WHAT THE GOLF?
  • Oceanhorn 2
  • Outlanders
  • LEGO® Brawls
  • Samurai Jack

Top Apple Arcade games UK

  • Sonic Racing
  • Mini Motorways
  • Cut the Rope Remastered
  • Skate City
  • PAC-MAN Party Royale
  • NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
  • Angry Birds Reloaded
  • SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
  • Hot Lava
  • Sneaky Sasquatch
  • Fruit Ninja Classic+
  • Rayman Mini
  • SongPop Party
  • Crossy Road Castle
  • Outlanders
  • Solitaire by MobilityWare +
  • WHAT THE GOLF?
  • LEGO® Brawls
  • Oceanhorn 2
  • Spire Blast

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