NHS App is most downloaded free iPhone app this year

2 December 2021, 09:34

NHS app
Coronavirus – Wed Apr 28, 2021. Picture: PA

The announcement was made as part of Apple’s annual App Store Awards recognising the best and most popular apps of the year.

The official NHS App used to show a person’s vaccination status and Covid Pass has been revealed as this year’s most downloaded free app by UK iPhone users.

The NHS App finished ahead of WhatsApp, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube in Apple’s end of year App Store Awards.

Microsoft Teams – which came to prominence during the pandemic as millions shifted to video conferencing for work, school and socialising – also made the list ahead of Snapchat, Facebook, Google Maps and Facebook Messenger.

Fellow video calling platform Zoom was the most downloaded free iPad app, ahead of Teams, YouTube, Netflix and Disney+.

The top paid-for iPhone app was Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit, with the artistic app Procreate the most popular paid-for iPad download.

In its annual awards, children’s world creation title Toca Life World was named iPhone App of the Year, with video editor LumaFusion picking up the Best iPad App award.

iPhone Game of the Year was League Of Legends: Wild Rift, and on the iPad it was Marvel Future Revolution.

“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, sparking the creativity and passion of millions of users around the world,” Apple boss Tim Cook said.

“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.”

Document and file editor Craft was named Mac App of the year, with the remake of classic puzzle game Myst named Mac Game of the Year.

The awards also featured a number of apps being celebrated for their contribution to Apple’s trend of the year – connection.

They included the UK-founded Peanut, a community space for women to discuss all the aspects of womanhood including relationships, pregnancy, menopause and self-care.

By Press Association

More Technology News

See more More Technology News

Houses of Parliament

Online porn normalises behaviours not appropriate for wooing a woman, warns peer

A screenshot from Joe Danger

Developer brings back iPhone game after request from parent of child with autism

A young girl uses the TikTok app on a smartphone

TikTok adds new features to educate users on the Holocaust and antisemitism

The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot

Robot performs keyhole surgery on pig without human help for first time

A teenager holding a controller to play the video game Forza Motorsport 5 on a Microsoft Xbox One console

Xbox to offer certain Live Gold and Game Pass subscribers refunds

Internet Browsing Stock

Government forms expert council to promote smoother data transfers and trade

Child using a laptop

Illegal and harmful content could evade new online safety laws, MPs warn

An Amazon Echo smart speaker

Alexa virtual assistant returns after service outage

Alexa device

Amazon’s Alexa down for users in UK

There have been concerns about 5G interference with plane equipment, leading to flights being cancelled

Flights to US grounded as fears grow over 5G interference with aircraft equipment

Cyber attacks have doubled in past year, GCHQ director warns

New laws proposed to boost UK business cyber security

A British Airways plane

British Airways cancels US flights over 5G safety fears

A woman using a laptop

Royal Society: Content removal alone will not halt internet misinformation

Instagram and TikTok logos

Social media platforms ‘must refund victims’ who have been defrauded

Artist Kaws

AR exhibition to explore ‘parallel realities’ via Fortnite collaboration

LabVPN is no longer available for use after an international law enforcement operation shut it down

Encryption service ‘linked to cyber attacks’ taken down in international sting