Current numbers for mobile messengers (Q2 2016)

We updated the numbers from our previous article from Q1 2016. Some numbers haven't changed since some networks are very reserverd with giving out new numbers. Anyway we are trying to get the most accurate numbers from the web.

WhatsApp is the first messenger to hit the mark of 1 billion monthly active users. This is in fact a positive indicator for messengers in general, as we can see that the overall usage of messengers is rising worldwide.

WhatsApp logo


Info: WhatsApp, bought be Facebook in 2014, is still the most popular messenger worldwide.

Monthly active users: 1+ billion 1
Geographical focus: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South America, Russia, SE Asia, India

Facebook Messenger logo


Info: Facebook Messenger is a spin-off application for Facebook messages. It's available for all major platforms.

Monthly active users: 900 million 2
Geographical focus: North America, Western Europe, Australia, Eastern Europe

WeChat logo


Info: WeChat is China's most popular messenger. founded by TenCent, the company behind QQ in 2011.

Monthly active users: 806 million 3
Geographical focus: China

Viber logo


Info: Founded 2010 in Israel, Viber was launched as Skype competitor, but it quickly became a popular app for messaging on mobile devices. Viber was sold for $900 million in 2014.

Monthly active users: 236 million
Registered users: 784 million 4
Geographical focus: Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, SE Asia

Skype logo


Info: Skype was founded 2003 in Sweden. In 2005 it was bought by eBay and later in 2011 sold to Microsoft.

Monthly active users: 300 million 5
Geographical focus: Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, SE Asia

Line logo


Info: Line was founded in 2011 and is a popular messenger in Asia, especially in Korea. However, the app is known for it's weak security standards and privacy issues.

Monthly active users: 220 million 6
Geographical focus: Japan, South Korea, SE Asia

Telegram Messenger logo


Info: Telegram is a messaging platform founded by Pavel Durov, former founder of in Russia. It has a focus on encryption, speed and bots. It recently announced giving away $1 mio USD for bot developers.

Monthly active users: 100 million 7
Geographical focus: South America, Middle East, Russia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe

Kik logo


Info: Kik is a popular messenger among teens in North America. It was founded by a group of students in 2009.

Registered users: 300 million 8
Geographical focus: North America