Messaging apps installed on smartphones in France 2016, by type

According to a survey conducted among consumers aged 18 to 70 in various European countries in 2016, the mobile app Facebook Messenger was the most installed instant messaging app in France. In fact, 61 percent of French respondents declared that they have the app on their phone.  

Penetration of messaging apps

  The results of the 2019 Statista Global Consumer Survey recorded that 79 percent of respondents in France said that they use Facebook Messenger regularly, a larger share compared to WhatsApp. In a European comparison, WhatsApp was less used in France than in other countries: while only a third of the French population used WhatsApp, more than 70 percent of German did according to a study from 2018.    

Messenger apps usage by age

  The yearly study Observatoire du Numérique indicates that among French aged between 18 and 24 years old, more than 80 percent used instant messaging apps to send text messages, and 66 percent made calls via these apps in 2018. This proportion is also very high among people aged 25 to 39 years old.

Messaging apps installed on smartphones in France in 2016, by type

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Release date

October 2016



Number of respondents

4,000 respondents

Age group

18-70 years

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