The 5 Highest Grossing iPhone Apps of All Time

Nov 11, 2016

You wake up. Staring blankly at the ceiling, your eyes take it upon themselves to shed a single tear – just moisture gathering on its own and departing. Or is it? How can you be so unsure?

“How can I feel so flat? Am I not… entertained?”

“I have all the best apps,” you reassure yourself, “Don’t I?”

Well, if you haven’t tried these apps, probably not. If you have all of them, maybe it’s something other than your phone digging at your subconscious. Better check the apps first. Here are the five highest grossing iPhone apps of all time:

Netflix

5. Netflix

Yes, you can watch Netflix on your iPhone. As apps go, it’s easy to guess why this one is so popular, given the widespread popularity of the Netflix brand in general. The app has many of the same features as the desktop/smart TV app and not much else, but that’s nothing to sniff at. Just make sure you don’t burn through all your data!

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Watch TV and films on your iPhone, wherever you are.

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Make use of other functions – rating what you’ve watched, checking out recommendations, and adding programming to your queue – while away from home.

App Cost: Free to download, monthly Netflix Subscriptions start at $7.99

'Flix It Up Here
Game of War

4. Game of War – Fire Age

I’m going to be honest with you here: I am probably not the target audience for this game. But if you are a teenage boy or have the sensibility of one, you might be. Nearest I can tell, this is a strategy MMO game where the primary features on offer are a static sexy cartoon lady who calls you “My King” and the ability to chat with the kind of people who like that. Sorry.

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Dominate your kingdom.

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Probably gets better, given its intense popularity.

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New friends?

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Easy to navigate: your new pretty lady friends spends quite a while telling you exactly what to do.

App Cost: Free

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Mobile Strike

3. Mobile Strike

“Oh good,” I said, as this opened to the same game – literally the same – as “Game of War – Fire Age”, but with Arnold Schwarzenegger calling you “General”. This is now a cultural study for me. How deep do I have to get before I understand? Notably, this one suggested buying something much faster and more often than GoW-FA (which I now abbreviate).

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I am starting to understand. It gives you a to do list, you do those things, and it says you did well. That is satisfying.

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Build a quarry. Refuse to pay $4.99. Build a research facility. Refuse to pay $4.99. Etc.

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Significantly less uncomfortable than the whole “My King” thing.

App Cost: Free

Make Your Strike Here
Pokémon Go

2. Pokémon Go

On the other end of the spectrum, Pokémon Go’s blistering popularity this past summer was almost irresistible. The thinkpieces alone could fill a textbook on the modern era. It took until now for me to download it only because I made a pact with a few other employed people that we wouldn’t download it (for fear of risking termination over trying to catch Squirtle at work).

As quickly as its star rose, Pokémon Go seems to have fallen again, with little mention of it really anywhere lately. (What else have we been talking about? Can’t recall.)

Anyway, that hasn’t stopped it from ranking among the highest grossing apps of all time. In July, it was estimated to be making $1.6 million daily and rising, so even if profits have dropped a bit, it’s unlikely it’ll be departing this list any time soon.

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Catch Pokémon in your daily life. Just now, I got a Charmander on the sweater I left on my bed! Life is odd.

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Relive childhood games, experienced or imagined (for those who missed the whole Pokémon trend).

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I must delete now for fear of getting caught up in this.

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As an aside, can take quite a while to load.

Clash Royale

1. Clash Royale

Ok. Ok. This one is a weird one to be sitting at number one, but that becomes more understandable as you play. You’ll quickly find out how addictive it is. It’s… definitely a game. You use cards to battle. There’s a points system. You unlock chests of points and cards and stuff. Oh, boy. Really, the best thing you can do is download it and try it for yourself. You just might lose a few hours. Or days. Hopefully not months or years, but who’s to say?

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Challenge friends or fight the computer in magical battle.

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Strategically build a deck of cards to defeat your opponents.

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Forget your worries.

App Cost: Free

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Candy Crush

Bonus: Candy Crush Saga

As an added bonus, check out Candy Crush Saga. While not currently in the top 5 highest grossing apps, it has been in and around the top for longer than any other app on this list by a huge margin. This app’s lasting popularity suggests it’ll be in an out of the top 5 on and off for quite a while, so how could we not throw it in?

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Destroy candy by creating lines and patterns in this safely challenging, largely repetitive puzzle game.