Number of monthly active Facebook Messenger users from April 2014 to April 2017 (in millions)

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Number of monthly active users in millions
Apr '14200
Nov '14500
Mar '15600
Jun '15700
Dec '15800
Apr '16900
Jul '161,000
Apr '171,200
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This statistic presents the number of monthly active Facebook Messenger chat app users from April 2014 to April 2017. As of the last reported period, the mobile messenger had 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide, ranking second among mobile chat apps worldwide.


Facebook messenger users – additional information

Mobile messenger apps are on the rise, with optimistic projections for this market in the coming years. The number of mobile phone messaging apps users is forecast to nearly double between 2014 and 2019. A total of 2.19 billion people are projected to use mobile phone messaging apps by that year.

In terms of service providers, WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, is the most popular mobile messenger app in the world. Chinese QQMobile is the second most popular instant messaging service, while Facebook Messenger takes the third place. WeChat, Skype, Viber, LINE, BlackBerry Messenger and Kakaotalk complete the list of the most popular mobile messenger apps. Facebook Messenger consistently ranks as one of the most popular mobile apps in the United States - in December 2016, Messenger had close to 137 million unique monthly U.S. visitors.

Initially released in 2011, Facebook Messenger, an app purely dedicated to chatting, was developed to take over the instant messaging function previously connected to the main Facebook app. The service imports Facebook’s contact, and can be used both on a desktop computer and mobile devices. The number of monthly active users in the app has been consistently growing since 2014, when the service had 200 million monthly active users only.

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