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Most popular global mobile messenger apps 2019

Most popular global mobile messenger apps as of January 2019, based on number of monthly active users (in millions)

Most popular global mobile messenger apps 2019 This statistic gives information on the most popular global mobile messenger apps as of January 2019, based on number of monthly active users. As of that month, 1.5 billion users were accessing the WhatsApp messenger on a monthly basis.
Chat apps and messengers

Instant messaging is a type of online chat which offers real-time text transmission via internet. Since the appearance of smartphone and the subsequent explosion of mobile apps, low-cost or free chat and social messaging apps have proven themselves as a cheap alternative to operator-based text messaging via SMS. Many messenger apps offer features such as group chats, the exchange of graphics, video and even audio messages as well as stickers or emoticons.

LINE, originally built in response to the damaged telecommunications infrastructure in Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is a financially successful mobile instant messenger that has evolved into a social platform if its own. LINE also features a gaming platform and is one of the leading mobile gaming app publishers on the Google Play Store worldwide.

Another prominent mobile messenger is WhatsApp with currently more than 1.5 billion monthly active users. The app’s reach is usage penetration is particularly strong in markets outside of the United States and it is one of the most popular mobile social apps worldwide. In February 2014, social network Facebook acquired the mobile app for 19 billion U.S. dollars.
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Most popular global mobile messenger apps as of January 2019, based on number of monthly active users (in millions)

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This statistic gives information on the most popular global mobile messenger apps as of January 2019, based on number of monthly active users. As of that month, 1.5 billion users were accessing the WhatsApp messenger on a monthly basis.
Chat apps and messengers

Instant messaging is a type of online chat which offers real-time text transmission via internet. Since the appearance of smartphone and the subsequent explosion of mobile apps, low-cost or free chat and social messaging apps have proven themselves as a cheap alternative to operator-based text messaging via SMS. Many messenger apps offer features such as group chats, the exchange of graphics, video and even audio messages as well as stickers or emoticons.

LINE, originally built in response to the damaged telecommunications infrastructure in Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is a financially successful mobile instant messenger that has evolved into a social platform if its own. LINE also features a gaming platform and is one of the leading mobile gaming app publishers on the Google Play Store worldwide.

Another prominent mobile messenger is WhatsApp with currently more than 1.5 billion monthly active users. The app’s reach is usage penetration is particularly strong in markets outside of the United States and it is one of the most popular mobile social apps worldwide. In February 2014, social network Facebook acquired the mobile app for 19 billion U.S. dollars.
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Release date
January 2019
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
as of January 25, 2019
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*Registered users
All values are the last reported figures.
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