TikTok literally means "vibrating sound", and the app is making waves in the world of applications for iOS and Android. Outside of gaming apps, which always take the top spots, TikTok was the third most-downloaded app of 2019, with 614 million downloads. It came in just behind WhatsApp (No. 1) and Messenger (No. 2), and it has now been downloaded 1.5 billion times since launching in 2017.

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Passing a billion downloads in February this year, TikTok is loved by those that like to make their own short videos. India is the leading country in TikTok downloads with just a bit over 466 million downloads of the app from the App Store and Google Play, said a report by, which originally came from Sensor Tower.

Security Concerns

TikTok has also been under scrutiny by authorities in the United States. A spokesperson from the company had this to say: "While we cannot comment on ongoing regulatory processes, TikTok has made clear that we have no higher priority than earning the trust of users and regulators in the U.S. Part of that effort includes working with Congress and we are committed to doing so."

Because TikTok is a Chinese company, naturally there was concern for security for user data in the U.S. TikTok had a really good alibi to help ease concerns: "We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. We are not influenced by any foreign government, including the Chinese government; TikTok does not operate in China, nor do we have any intention of doing so in the future." 

Still, 1.5 billion TikTok fans can't be wrong. The app is well on its way to being part of the smartphone app pantheon.