Hello Peacock - The Highest Earning Apps in the World

Ariel Ariel
Mar. 29

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March is almost behind us, but before it goes we need to rank the highest-earning apps in February! I did that and I'm happy to report the most exciting change is Disney+'s icon change.

No no, there's more. I mean, less.

TikTok was the highest-earning app in the world in February. Our estimates show it commanded $189M of net revenue from the App Store and Google Play. A smidge lower than January, but not enough to worry.

YouTube ranked second in February, having earned $111M of net revenue from the App Store, according to our estimates. Unlike TikTok, YouTube's revenue rose a teeny tiny bit - but is still considerably lower than TikTok. The two monetize entirely differently so it's not a fair comparison, but it's still a very large difference.

Disney+ and it's siny new(ish) teal icon ranked 3rd earning $107M of net revenue from the App Store and Google Play, according to our App Intelligence. Disney+'s revenue also rose a bit in February. I don't think the icon change did that.

Tinder, Max, and LinkedIn round out the top 5 highest-earning apps in the world.

With new year's resolutions are all but forgotten so is Duolingo which dropped from our list in February after having a mega January. Rising into the list in February was Peacock with $33M of net revenue, according to our estimates.

Together, the top 10 highest-earning apps in the world earned a total of $728M of net revenue in February, according to our estimates. That's a tiny drop of 3% compared to January.

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