Find The Best Apps With Google’s Categoric Top Charts

Find The Best Apps With Google’s Categoric Top Charts

The Google Play Store is, for most of us, the main source of applications. That’s not particularly surprising since it’s pre-installed on every Android smartphone you’re likely to get, and counts a huge selection of apps, passing 1.6 million in July.

It’s hard to have both quality and quantity with that number. There’s a lot of crud in the Play Store, but even if you ignore that, it’s no easy task to find the applications you’re interested in. While some categories and collections are available (we covered how to use those to the best apps before), looking through the top charts to discover good apps is near impossible with them being filled with games or other categories you’re not interested in.

Fortunately, the Play Store does provide some ways to further filter apps so we can browse lists we actually care about. It’s not well exposed on the website and hidden behind a few taps and swipes on the mobile app, but it’s possible to view top charts for applications only, games only, or by category. We’ve compiled a list for you to check them out:

Top applications (games excluded):

Top applications by category:

Books & ReferencesTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
BusinessTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
ComicsTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
CommunicationTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
EducationTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
EntertainmentTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
FinanceTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
Health & FitnessTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
Libraries & DemoTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
LifestyleTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
Live WallpaperTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
Media & VideoTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
MedicalTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
Music & AudioTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
News & MagazinesTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
PersonalizationTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
PhotographyTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
ProductivityTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
ShoppingTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
SocialTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
SportsTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
ToolsTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
TransportationTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
Travel & LocalTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
WeatherTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid
WidgetsTop PaidTop FreeTop GrossingTop New FreeTop New Paid

Top family applications by category:

Top games by category:

Most of these (the only exception is the "Applications without games" category) are also accessible from within the mobile app. Just select the category you want then swipe to the right.

You also can combine this with our previous article about finding the best apps with Google’s picks and other tricks to discover interesting apps you care about, new collections or even create an RSS feed to monitor additions.

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