Why is Facebook Messenger so popular

Number of users of messenger apps in Germany and worldwide

WhatsApp statistics show 2 billion users worldwide, Facebook Messenger has 1.3 billion users and WeChat now has 1.1 billion active users. The number of users of the top 3 messenger apps worldwide alone shows the enormous popularity of chat apps with more than four billion users.In this post you will learn everything about the worldwide user numbers of WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook, Apple, FB Messenger and other chat apps in infographics and statistics on users and demographics.

Worldwide user numbers of messenger apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessages or Telegram

Directly to the number of users of messenger apps and statistics for individual countries and regions:

      1. WhatsApp user statistics in Germany
      2. Messenger user numbers in the UK
      3. China user numbers WeChat statistics
      4. WhatsApp user numbers in Austria
      5. User numbers and statistics for India
      6. Statistics of WhatsApp distribution in Brazil
      7. Number of users and distribution of WhatsApp in Spain
      8. Statistics and number of users of WhatsApp in Italy
      9. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in France
      10. WhatsApp user numbers and statistics in Singapore
      11. Messenger usage in the APAC region
      12. Number of users of the WhatsApp distribution from Latin America
      13. WhatsApp in South Africa
      14. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS and iMessage - user numbers from the USA
      15. Statistics with user numbers from Denmark
      16. Statistics with user numbers from Finland
      17. Statistics with user numbers from Sweden

Worldwide user statistics from messenger apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessages or Telegram etc.

Live blog: We constantly update the latest Messenger user numbers worldwide

Update January 10, 2021

Top social media and messenger app user numbers 2020 worldwide

According to the current Digital 2021 Report, WhatsApp remains the most popular messenger in the world with 2 billion users - followed by Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Telegram!


⏲ ​​Also at Timespent WhatsApp number 1 with 19.4 hours is the messenger (worldwide) on which most of the time is spent.

They spend 11.7 hours a month Germans Internet users spend more time on WhatsApp than on Facebook, TikTok and even Netflix!

Update WhatsApp usage update October 30, 2020:

WhatsApp now delivers around 100 billion messages a day!

WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook, now delivers around 100 billion messages a day, the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday's conference call on the quarterly results. Source: Techcrunch


Update February 2020

Active users of the top social networks and top messenger apps worldwide

WhatsApp announced in its blog in mid-February 2020 that the messaging app is now actively used by over 2 billion people worldwide. This means that the green messenger is far ahead of all other messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, Apple Business Chat or Telegram in terms of user numbers.

In the “Family of Apps” of Facebook, which includes the Facebook app, Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, the two messaging apps WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger have long played leading roles in terms of user numbers. Together, the Facebook Family of Apps has over 6.8 billion monthly active users. The last official figures on the occasion of the Q4 / 2019 results from Facebook show: Around 2.3 billion users use one of the apps every day.

Facebook is the measure of all things when it comes to active users worldwide. With 2 billion active users, WhatsApp is number 1 among messenger apps, closely followed by Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion users and the Chinese messenger app WeChat with 1.2 billion users. This is followed by Instagram with 1 billion users and the Chinese QQ with over 731 million active users. In between, TikTok has placed itself since this year with a user growth from 500 million to 800 million compared to the previous year.


Source: We Are Social 2020

User numbers Messenger apps: The world's most popular messengers according to monthly active users

The number of users of the top 3 of the world's most popular messenger apps alone shows the enormous popularity of chat apps: Over four billion active monthly users combine WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat.

Source: Statista

User numbers of messenger apps: WhatsApp is not the market leader in only 25 countries in the world

WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are growing twice as fast compared to the core platform (+ 30% YoY). WhatsApp is now the most popular messenger in the world. If you add up all the apps that exist in the Facebook Inc. universe, there are only 10 countries in the world whose messenger top dog does not come from Facebook.

WhatsApp is indispensable for users worldwide

In its last study (2020), the technology-based market research company AudienceProject analyzes which social media channels users around the world are most likely to do without. Result: WhatsApp is for the respondents indispensable. Facebook, on the other hand, is rated as the most insignificant by the respondents.

Source: AudienceProject

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User numbers and statistics for individual regions and countries

1. Messenger user statistics Germany

There are no uniform, official and reliable overall statistics on Messenger usage in Germany. MessengerPeople has therefore compiled the number of users from various sources:

We have calculated the current figures for the daily use of Messenger from selected statistics and studies and summarized them in the graphic. The basis for this calculation is the number of users published by Facebook at an event in Berlin for the WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram & Facebook platforms in Germany. As part of this, it became known that 58 million people in Germany WhatsApp every day use.

Tip: You can find out more about this in our editorial WhatsApp user numbers: WhatsApp's most popular messenger in Germany.

The latest official Facebook user numbers for its platforms also show that in Germanyper month23 million people use Facebook Messenger use. In our calculation as a calculation basis, we assume that 80% of these users use the messenger service on a daily basis. Use with it 18.1 million people in Germany use Facebook Messenger every day, which is the number two behind WhatsApp for daily use in Germany.

Since there are no official figures on the use of Apple Messages app in Germany, we take the spread of the iOS operating system as the basis for figures for Germany. Use based on that 15.1 million people in Germany every day Apple’s Messages app, which is in third place behind WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in terms of daily use in Germany.

💡Tip: You can find out more about Apple Business Chat in our editorial Apple Business Chat - Everything you need to know!

Based on the survey "Which messenger do you use regularly" by the Statista Global Consumer Survey 2019 (as of April 2019) and our evaluation, it becomes clear that 9.6 million people Skype in Germany every day use, which puts Skype in fourth place behind iMessage.

Telegram Messenger follows in fifth place 7.8 million people who use Telegram every day in Germany (Survey by Statista as of July 2019). In sixth place, Snapchat follows that 7.2 million people in Germany use it every day (Statista April 2o19). Behind in seventh place is Threema that 6.0 million people in Germany use it every day (Statista July 2o19).

With less than 2 million daily users, the messenger services Kik, Hangout, LINE, WeChat, Kakao Talk and Wire are at the lower end of our evaluation.


Update Messenger App usage Germany 2021

According to the statistics from we are social and Hootsuite, WhatsApp will be the most frequently used social media platform in Germany in 2021.


According to the current Digital 2021 Germany Report, by far the most popular apps in Germany are messenger apps (88.8%), followed by social media (84.1%) and entertainment (66.2%) - if your app does not fall into one of the categories , it will be difficult for users to get excited and also very expensive!

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2. Messenger user numbers in Great Britain

The latest report from Digital 2021 by we are Social and Hootsuite shows that WhatsApp remains the most popular messenger in the UK.


The report shows that WhatsApp is the second most popular social media app among Android users with 9.3 hours per month. The Facebook Messenger made it to 5th place with 3 hours per month.