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The Favorite Apps of Generation Y vs. Generation Z

Gen Y and Gen Z prefer different apps. Gen Y'ers love picture-based or practical apps, while Gen Z prefers flashy messaging and games.

Millennials (Gen Y) seem like they get most of the attention these days, but their younger (Gen Z) counterparts are digital natives, too. Here, we’ll talk about three of Gen Y’s favorite apps and three of Gen Z’s favorites. If you find that you want to download some of the apps but don’t have enough space on your phone, use App Manage to clear apps you no longer want. The feature will uninstall any application or applications you don’t want anymore with just one click.

After you’ve used App Manager to clear out any apps taking up unwanted space, you’ll want to add any of the apps below that you aren’t using now.

Read More: Android Users Need to Remove These Five Apps Now

Gen Y’s Favorite Apps


The best app for taking selfies, Millennials are constantly snapping with friends. Snapchat revolutionized the selfie with fun stickers, filters, and its 24-hour deletion feature, which makes sure they’re never that embarrassed about the pics they send.


A practical app that Millennials like is Venmo, an easy way to pay friends back if they split things like dinner or cab rides. Since Millennials don’t always carry cash, Venmo makes paying each other back simpler.


Millennials are notoriously bad with money, but as they’re getting older, they’re starting to make big purchases, like houses. While they don’t invest the ways their parents did, Millennials are saving with apps like Acorns, which rounds up to the nearest dollar on every purchase and puts that money into investments.

Gen Z’s Favorite Apps

Yik Yak

While parents don’t love Yik Yak because of the cyberbullying its anonymous communities engender, Gen Z’ers sure do. The location-based chat app – originally designed for college students – lets users connect with people around them, send messages, and make friends.


An instant message for the younger crowd, Kik lets Gen Z’ers connect with friends using chosen screen names, rather than using Facebook messenger, which lets the older teens chat using their real names. That’s right, Gen Z’ers are more scrupulous about their online privacy than older generations. Maybe it has something to do with living their whole lives online?

Crossy Road

Crossy Road is a simple game that has some of the appeal of the old video game Frogger, without the quarters. Gen Z’ers like the simple graphics, and the fact you start playing as a chicken, and then, as you advance, you have a chance to play as a multitude of different animals.

While these are popular apps right now, their popularity – like any tech trend – won’t last forever. To clear apps you no longer want, use DFNDR’s App Manager.