Number of mobile phone messaging app users worldwide from 2016 to 2021 (in billions)

Global number of mobile messaging users 2016-2021 This statistic presents the number of mobile phone messaging app users worldwide from 2016 to 2021. In 2016, 1.58 billion mobile phone users accessed over-the-top messaging apps to communicate. This figure is projected to grow to 2.48 billion users in 2021.
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Number of users in billions
20161.58
20171.82
2018 *2.01
2019*2.18
2020*2.34
20212.48
Number of users in billions
20161.58
20171.82
2018 *2.01
2019*2.18
2020*2.34
20212.48
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This statistic presents the number of mobile phone messaging app users worldwide from 2016 to 2021. In 2016, 1.58 billion mobile phone users accessed over-the-top messaging apps to communicate. This figure is projected to grow to 2.48 billion users in 2021.
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Release date
July 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2016 to 2017
Supplementary notes
*Forecast
Mobile phone users of any age who use an over-the-top (OTT) messaging app via mobile phone (browser or app) at least once per month.

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