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 Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid

Top applications by category:

Books & References Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Business Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Comics Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Communication Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Education Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Entertainment Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Finance Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Health & Fitness Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Libraries & Demo Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Lifestyle Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Live Wallpaper Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Media & Video Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Medical Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Music & Audio Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
News & Magazines Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Personalization Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Photography Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Productivity Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Shopping Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Social Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Sports Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Tools Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Transportation Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Travel & Local Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Weather Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Widgets Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid

Top family applications by category:

Family Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Age 5 & Under Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Ages 6-8 Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Ages 9 & Up Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Action & Adventure Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Brain Games Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Creativity Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Family Education Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Music & Video Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Pretend Play Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid

Top games by category:

Action Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Adventure Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Arcade Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Board Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Card Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Casino Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Casual Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Educational Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Music Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Puzzle Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Racing Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Role Playing Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Simulation Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Sports Games Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Strategy Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Trivia Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid
Word Top Paid Top Free Top Grossing Top New Free Top New Paid

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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