Current numbers for mobile messengers (Q3 2016)

We updated the numbers from our previous article from Q2 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.

Messenger is the second 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.

Viber announced Pubic Accounts and joined platforms like Messenger, WeChat, Telegram, Kik and others in the Bots space.

WhatsApp logo


Info: WhatsApp is still the #1 messenger around the globe.

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

Facebook Messenger logo


Info: Facebook Messenger recently announced that they now also have more than 1 billion monthly active users.

Monthly active users: 1 billion 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: Viber didn't announce any new numbers for monthly active users, but registered users went up from 786 million to 823 million, showing a 5 % increase.

Monthly active users: 236 million
Registered users: 823 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, which recently pushed its platform in US, Europe and South America, is planning to leave US market for now. Read more

Monthly active users: 220 million 6
Registered users: 300 million
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