ByteDance’s Instagram Rival Lemon8 Leaps Into U.S. App Store’s Top 10

While U.S. lawmakers clamp down on TikTok, another Chinese app is enjoying raging popularity.

Lemon8, an app from TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, has driven into the Top Charts of the U.S. App Store.

Lemon8 is an Instagram rival that describes itself as a “lifestyle community.”

On Monday, Lemon8 became the No. 10 Overall app, across both apps and games. As of press time, it is ranked No. 9 on the App Store’s Top Apps chart, excluding games.

Lemon8 had never before ranked in the Top 200 Overall Charts in the U.S., TechCrunch reports.

Lemon8 now ranks ahead of YouTube, WhatsApp, Gmail, and Facebook as the top free apps in the U.S.

According to app intelligence provider Apptopia’s data, Lemon8 debuted on both iOS and Android in March 2020 and has since gained 16 million global downloads, with Japan as its top market.

Last month, Insider reported that ByteDance was quietly rolling out Lemon8 in the U.S. and U.K. and had been paying creators to post on the app to seed its initial U.S. content.

Currently, the Lemon8 hashtag has 2.3 billion views on TikTok.


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