Most popular global mobile messenger apps as of October 2019, based on number of monthly active users
(in millions)
Most popular global mobile messaging apps 2019
As of October 2019, 1.6 billion users were accessing the WhatsApp messenger on a monthly basis. 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. 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.
Most popular global mobile messenger apps as of October 2019, based on number of monthly active users
(in millions)
Monthly active users in millions
WhatsApp1,600
Facebook Messenger1,300
WeChat1,133
QQ Mobile808
Snapchat*314
Telegram200
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Sources

Release date

October 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of October 20, 2019

Supplementary notes

*Registered users
All values are the last reported figures.
Telegram figures from company blog.

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Most popular global mobile messaging apps 2019
As of October 2019, 1.6 billion users were accessing the WhatsApp messenger on a monthly basis. 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. 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.
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