Number of monthly active WhatsApp users as of 2013-2017

This statistic shows a timeline with the amount of monthly active WhatsApp users worldwide as of December 2017. As of that month, the mobile messaging app announced more than 1.5 billion monthly active users, up from over 1 billion MAU in February 2016. The service is one of the most popular mobile apps worldwide.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones that relies on the internet for the transmission of messages. Based on a low-cost subscription model, WhatsApp is a cheap alternative to carrier-billed text messaging via SMS, especially for international or group messaging. The mobile messaging app enables users to share text, image and video messages. In the United States, the WhatsApp audience amounted to 18.8 million users in 2016 and is set to grow to 25.6 million users 2021.

WhatsApp is especially popular in markets outside the United States while facing strong competition from Asia-based social messenger apps such as WeChat, LINE or Kakaotalk. WhatsApp’s popularity in emerging mobile markets is not only based on their low-cost business model but on many of its features.

In February 2014, social network Facebook acquired WhatsApp for 19 billion U.S. dollars.

Number of monthly active WhatsApp users worldwide from April 2013 to December 2017

Number of monthly active users in millions
Dec '171,500
Jul '171,300
Jan '171,200
Feb '161,000
Sep '15900
Apr '15800
Jan '15700
Aug '14600
Apr '14500
Feb '14465
Jan '14430
Dec '13400
Oct '13350
Aug '13300
Jun '13250
Apr '13200
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Sources

Release date

January 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

April 2013 to December 2017

Supplementary notes

Data regarding April 2013 was taken from an April 2013 interview with WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum.

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