Kakaotalk: number of monthly active users worldwide 2013-2019

With over 50 million active users worldwide as of June 2019, KakaoTalk is one of the most popular mobile messaging apps in Asia. Operated by the South Korean Kakao Corporation, it is particularly popular in its homeland. In fact, of the 50 million global KakaoTalk users, more than 44 million were based in South Korea.

The rise of Kakao

In October 2014, Kakao Corp. merged with Daum, South Korea's second-largest internet portal. Since then, the revenue of Kakao Corp. has almost tripled, exceeding 2.4 trillion South Korean won in 2018. Kakao’s founder is one of the leading social media billionaires worldwide. As of March 2018, Kim Beom-Su's net worth was estimated to be 2.7 billion U.S. dollars.

What else does Kakao have to offer?

Aside from KakoTalk, Kakao Corp. also provides other social media services used by many Koreans. KakaoStory, a social networking service which allows users to share photos with friends, was accessed by almost a quarter of social media users in South Korea. KakaoGame also drew in billions of South Korean won in revenue in 2018. This service provides games on mobile, PC and VR platforms for its users.

In the future, Kakao Corp. looks set to align itself with other giants in the tech sector with the planned introduction of a crypto wallet. Its recent partnership with Ireland-based startup Festy seem to support Kakao’s ambitions in offering a blockchain-based payment system in Asia.

Number of global monthly active Kakaotalk users from 1st quarter 2013 to 1st quarter 2019

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Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

Q1 2013 to Q1 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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