Daily active users of WhatsApp Status 2019

As of the latest reported period, WhatsApp had more than half a billion daily active Status users worldwide, up from 450 million global DAU in the second quarter of 2018. WhatsApp Status is similar to the Stories feature of other social apps such as Snapchat and Instagram, allowing users to share photos, videos and text that disappear after 24 hours.

WhatsApp usage in the United States

With over 1.5 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messenger app worldwide. As of 2019, the chat app had an estimated 68 million users in the United States, with forecasts projecting an audience size of almost 86 million users in 2023. Despite a sizable app audience, WhatsApp still lags behind competitors Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in terms of U.S. mobile reach and brand awareness. However, according to recent industry data, user engagement with WhatsApp grew 44 percent year-over-year, putting it ahead of other social networks including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

WhatsApp and Facebook

In February 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for a then unheard-of figure for such a purchase – 19 billion U.S. dollars. The mobile messenger is one of Facebook’s four billion-user properties, along with the core Facebook platform, Facebook Messenger and Instagram. During the first quarter of 2019, Facebook stated that 2.7 billion people were using at least one of the company's core products (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger) each month.

Number of daily active WhatsApp Status users from 1st quarter 2017 to 1st quarter 2019

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

Q1 2017 to Q1 2019

Supplementary notes

No data available for missing quarters.
*Regarding Q1 2019 data: "We're continuing to see fast adoption of stories --with each of our three stories experiences --Facebook and Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp --having more than half a billion daily actives." - from Q1 2019 earnings call.

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