Current Numbers for Mobile Messengers (Q2 2016)

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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

WhatsApp

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

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

Facebook Messenger logo

Messenger

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

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

WeChat logo

WeChat

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

Monthly active users: 806 million 3
Geographical focus: China

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Viber

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.
Website: viber.com

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

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Skype

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

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

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LINE

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.
Website: line.me

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

Telegram Messenger logo

Telegram

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

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

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Kik

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

Registered users: 300 million 8
Geographical focus: North America

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David Pichsenmeister

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