The wayback machine challenge: Name the first 5 apps you ever downloaded


* Due to platform limitations, our 'challenge' today is only truly available for Android users. Apple and Windows users can still participate if they have an elephant's memory.

If you've been hanging around the Android corner for a while now, you'll know just how many apps you've gone through during the years. And with the average person now downloading fewer than a single app per month, according to studies, we thought we'd invite you for a distraction meant to celebrate the apps of old (fart-making-app, we're looking at you!).

Since you probably don't remember what the very first apps you downloaded were (and that's the real fun part), you'll have to go to the Google Play Store and dig until you find it. Don't worry, it's plenty easy and will likely take you less than a minute or so. Here's how:

Play Store > Top-left hamburger menu button > My apps & games > ALL > Scroll like crazy.

Mine are: 

  1. Facebook
  2. Skype
  3. Icy Tower 2
  4. Asphalt 7: Heat
  5. WhatsApp Messenger

What are yours?

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41 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Mine:- . 1-Uc mini 2-mx player 3-droidvpn 4-picsart 5-messenger

2. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

1. ZDBox 2. Circle battery widget 3. Glympse 4. SiMi Clock Widget 5. Barcode Scanner

3. peace247 unregistered

1. Avg antivirus 2. Subway surfers 3. whatsapp 4. jetpack joy ride 5. opera mini

4. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The Weather Channel Shazam United States Constitution Pandora Radio RealCalc Scientific Calculator

5. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

1. Opera Mini 2. Vk (social network) 3. Foursquare 4. Facebook 5. Adobe Acrobat Reader

6. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Anyone who remembers the first 5 apps accurately is a liar. No one will be able to remember that except the personstarted using smartphones in 2015 or actually went out of this her way to look them up..

8. FluffyBled unregistered

We can come close though!

10. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You don't need to remember anything. On Android that information is easily accessible and he mentions that in the article.

16. Big_D5

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

No he doesn't he just says scroll like crazy. What does that mean. How will that show me what my first ever downloaded apps were?

18. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The list is in chronological order from the time of first install. The top the list contains your most recent app installations while the bottom of the list contains your oldest app installations. That's why he said to scroll like crazy.

22. Big_D5

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

How can that be correct. The first app at the bottom of my list is T-Mobile device unlock. How can this be the first app I ever installed? I started with T-Mobile in 2015 I got my first Android device from Sprint in around 2010 maybe. I remember it was the HTC Hero from Sprint before that I used all WinMo and BB devices. Is there any way of checking if this is correct?

26. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

It isn't necessarily true. On my tablet, the bottom ones are all Samsung apps, but my first four devices were all Nexus. Those don't show on my phone. If I look on the play Web store in my browser, I can sort by device. The list for my original nexus 7 (first Android device) is different again. mind you, my first apps were actually on my windows mobile HP hx4700. I've no idea what they were. And yes, HP did call them apps in the manual.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 7216; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

On iPhone is just as easy: App Store->updates->purchased-> Scroll down Mine are: ... still scrolling: Facebook Dropbox Google+ - :))) OneDrive YouTube

29. AlikMalix unregistered

Unfortunately I cleaned my list up so apps I'm no longer interested in don't show up anymore. Shoot... Didn't know there was gonna be test. lol.

34. Leo_MC

Posts: 7216; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How did you do that?

36. AlikMalix unregistered

Any item on the list: just swipe to the left and select "Hide". Very nice way to organize all your purchased and free apps in the past. Most of which I don't use or will never use.

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 7216; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Nothing happens when I swipe a purchased item that I no longer use.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7216; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Thanks anyway!

7. FluffyBled unregistered

WhatsApp DroidVPN Real Racing 3 Messenger Barcode Scanner

9. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Mine: 1.Facebook 2. Nova Launcher 3. Messenger 4.Viber 5. Plague Inc.

12. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

1. Kaspesky Antivirus 2. Temple Run 3. Asphalt 7 4. Modern Combat 3 5. Viber Yeah, viber is in my list too. Viber was actually dominating in the beginning before Whatsapp sneaked ahead and has now achieved an unassailable lead. The biggest factor which pulled viber from taking the top position is its hardware compatibility with the low end phones. Whatsapp was even compatible with the damn Nokia Asha phones. But from aesthetics and features standpoint, viber was always better. Even the viber's desktop client is much better than its counterpart's. Now that whatsapp is leading and due to its huge popularity, nobody cares to install viber these days. Feel for viber!!!

11. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

iOS-user can easily check their purchase-history. I received a download-receipt every time I bought something - it's not the thing we need but it's something. 1 Implode! XL 2 WhatsApp Messenger 3 Scrabble® 4 Angry Birds 5 Doodle Jump

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn for me it has been in 2007/2008 Nokia Store, can't remember the apps.

14. hector93

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

iOS: 1. Google Maps 2. YouTube 3. Grindr 4. Instagram 5. Mr. Crab

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Google maps and YouTube (no ads YouTube version) was part of the native apps on iOS when I had my first and second iPhone.

15. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

1.Opera Mini 2.Netspeed(kinda junkie who wants to see my data speed all the time) 3.WhatsApp 4.UCweb 5.Nah.. I'm remembering things from 2011/ had my first Android Galaxy S2.

17. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Not really my first-first, but some of the earliest I found: 1. Angry Birds 2. Dungeon Hunter 2 3. Galaxy on Fire 4. Asphalt 5 5. Reckless Racing Ah, the pre-freemium era. I still believed in mobile gaming.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

1 PayPal 2 SNS Bankieren 3 LinkedIn 4 My Vodafone 5 Marktplaats

20. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

1 WhatsApp Messenger 2 Buienradar 3 Flightradar24 4 Zaklamp 5 Hi MBstatus

21. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

1. Adobe Photoshop Express 2. Barcode Scanner 3. Layar 4. chomp SMS 5. Labyrinth Lite

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