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WhatsApp Messenger Reaches 2 Billion Active Users Worldwide

WhatsApp incorporated multimedia messaging later in the same year, and was released on Android the following. From that point, WhatsApp marched to ubiquitous status. By October 2011, one billion messages were being sent per day; by early 2013, WhatsApp could boast 200 million active users.

WhatsApp Messenger Reaches 2 Billion Active Users Worldwide

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Facebook gleefully reports that over 40 million active businesses use Messenger to interact with their potential customers and that over 20 billion messages are sent between businesses and regular users every month.

The 2-billion mark is a testament to Facebook's ability to court and maintain users across both developed and emerging markets. Despite Facebook's scale, the company has managed to sustain impressive user growth. In the company's most recently reported quarter, ending March 31, total monthly users grew 17% year-over-year to 1.94 billion people, from the same period a year earlier. And year-over-year, daily active users in that quarter increased by 18% to 1.28 billion.

WhatsApp announced in 2020 on its blog that the messaging app is actively used by over two billion people worldwide. This puts the green messaging app far ahead of all other messaging apps, such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, Apple Business Chat, or Telegram in terms of user numbers.

Meta is also ahead of its competitors when it comes to active users worldwide. With two billion active users, WhatsApp is the number one messaging app, followed by the Chinese messaging app WeChat with 1.3 billion users and the Messenger by Meta with close to one billion users.

The growth of Instagram is also remarkable, from 1.1 billion users in October 2020 to 1.4 billion users in October 2022. Speaking of impressive growth: Meta competitor TikTok was also able to reach the benchmark of a billion users as of October 2022. As a small player in the messenger world, Telegram also successfully manages to increase the number of active users from 550 to 700 million in 2022.

This makes WeChat the third most-used app globally, after WhatsApp (1.5 billion) and the Messenger from Meta, which just hit the magic 1 billion mark. WeChat has seen a massive grwoth in active users since 2011.

WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014, hit a major milestone on Thursday. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum said the service now has 900 million monthly active users worldwide.

In June 2018, Meta stopped reporting Instagram usage when it reached one billion active users. In late 2021, CNBC reported that the social network reached the two billion monthly active user benchmark.

In February 2020, WhatsApp reached the milestone of two billion monthly active users worldwide (WhatsApp, 2020). Since 2014, WhatsApp has been the leading mobile messaging app and is still continuing to grow.

The latest statistics show that Facebook continues to reign strong as the king of social media, with 2.96 billion active users in 2023. That means that nearly two out of every three of the 4.89 billion social media users across the world are active users of Facebook.

The third- and fourth-most popular social media platforms are WhatsApp and Instagram, with two billion active users each. Incidentally, both are owned by the same parent company as Facebook: Meta (previously Facebook).

WhatsApp and Messenger each have more than one billion users and Instagram now has more than 700 million users. WhatsApp's Status (a feature that copied Snapchat) reached 175 million daily active users, while Instagram Stories recently became more popular than Snapchat.

According to industry estimates, WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users worldwide as of 2022."}},"@type": "Question","name": "Is WhatsApp Really Secure and Private?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Yes, WhatsApp messages, including text, images, and other media, are secured through end-to-end encryption. This means that they cannot be intercepted or read during transmission.","@type": "Question","name": "Does WhatsApp Make Money?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Yes, WhatsApp generated more than $8.7 billion in revenue in 2021 for its parent company, Meta (formerly Facebook)."]}]}] EducationGeneralDictionaryEconomicsCorporate FinanceRoth IRAStocksMutual FundsETFs401(k)Investing/TradingInvesting EssentialsFundamental AnalysisPortfolio ManagementTrading EssentialsTechnical AnalysisRisk ManagementNewsCompany NewsMarkets NewsCryptocurrency NewsPersonal Finance NewsEconomic NewsGovernment NewsSimulatorYour MoneyPersonal FinanceWealth ManagementBudgeting/SavingBankingCredit CardsHome OwnershipRetirement PlanningTaxesInsuranceReviews & RatingsBest Online BrokersBest Savings AccountsBest Home WarrantiesBest Credit CardsBest Personal LoansBest Student LoansBest Life InsuranceBest Auto InsuranceAdvisorsYour PracticePractice ManagementFinancial Advisor CareersInvestopedia 100Wealth ManagementPortfolio ConstructionFinancial PlanningAcademyPopular CoursesInvesting for BeginnersBecome a Day TraderTrading for BeginnersTechnical AnalysisCourses by TopicAll CoursesTrading CoursesInvesting CoursesFinancial Professional CoursesSubmitTable of ContentsExpandTable of ContentsOne Dollar at a Time and BeyondFocusing on GrowthIs It Really About the Money?End-to-End Encryption ControversyWhatsApp FAQsThe Bottom LineFundamental AnalysisSectors & IndustriesHow WhatsApp Makes MoneyByVanessa Page Full Bio LinkedIn Twitter Vanessa Page is a serial entrepreneur and millennial expert. She has 6+ years of experience writing about financial education and personal finance.Learn about our editorial policiesUpdated October 24, 2022Reviewed byJulius MansaFact checked byKirsten Rohrs SchmittWhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum as an alternative to pricey SMS services. The app allows users to upload their contact book and message anyone who has the app installed, at no cost. It is available for iPhones, Androids, and desktops. If it's free-to-use, how does WhatsApp make money?

The client application was created by WhatsApp Inc. of Mountain View, California, which was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$19.3 billion.[19][20] It became the world's most popular messaging application by 2015,[21][22] and had more than 2 billion users worldwide by February 2020.[23] By 2016, it had become the primary means of Internet communication in regions including Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and large parts of Europe and Africa.[21]

By February 2013, WhatsApp had about 200 million active users and 50 staff members. Sequoia invested another $50 million, and WhatsApp was valued at $1.5 billion.[24] Some time in 2013[66] WhatsApp acquired Santa Clara-based startup SkyMobius, the developers of Vtok,[67] a video and voice calling app.[68]

By April 22, 2014, WhatsApp had over 500 million monthly active users, 700 million photos and 100 million videos were being shared daily, and the messaging system was handling more than 10 billion messages each day.[313][314]

On August 24, 2014, Koum announced on his Twitter account that WhatsApp had over 600 million active users worldwide. At that point WhatsApp was adding about 25 million new users every month, or 833,000 active users per day.[83][315]

WhatsApp competes with a number of messaging services. They include services like iMessage (estimated 1.3 billion active users[327]), WeChat (1.2 billion active users[328][329]), Telegram (500 million users[330]), Viber (260 million active users[331]), LINE (217 million active users[332]), and Signal (over 50 million active users[333]). Both Telegram and Signal in particular were reported to get registration spikes during WhatsApp outages and controversies.[334][335][336]

Facebook hit 2.91 billion monthly active users last quarter, up 6% from the year earlier, and reported mixed financial results and a revenue outlook for the current fourth quarter that was below expectations.

No longer the new kid on the block, TikTok has been available worldwide since 2018 and wasted no time garnering over 1 billion downloads of their video-based app during their first year of operation. Today, TikTok consistently has over 1 billion monthly users, which naturally places it among the top-performing social media platforms in the world.

WhatsApp has become extremely popular, with over 2 billion active users worldwide. Part of what makes it so attractive for individuals is that it sidesteps hefty SMS fees when communicating internationally, making it ideal for those with contacts overseas. As well, it keeps all your messages, group chats, voice calls, and video calls in one place.

As we said, there are over 2 billion active WhatsApp users worldwide. This alone means the channel gives you access to an enormous audience. Compared to other messaging apps, WhatsApp wins the popularity contest, surpassing Facebook Messenger, Wechat, Snapchat, and Telegram.

WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messenger app worldwide. WhatsApp continued to impress the world with its attractive features and functionalities in 2022. Brands can use WhatsApp for Business for customer support, sending promotional messages, booking appointments and reservations, order confirmations and tracking, sharing announcements and updates and to gather customer feedback.

There are currently over 2 billion monthly active Instagram users. Instagram achieved this mark in the 3rd quarter of 2021 and it is estimated to reach 2.5 billion MAUs by 2023. This number makes Instagram the 4th most popular social media in the world in terms of MAUs.

This is part of the reason WHO turned to WhatsApp, which has 2 billion active users. Users can text "hi" in a range of languages to +41 79 893 1892, and the chatbot replies with a menu of options, including the latest numbers of new cases and deaths, myths versus facts, where to donate, and more.


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