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WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and more: Global usage of messaging apps and statistics

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Messaging apps have become extremely popular! The latest messaging app usage statistics show that WhatsApp has more than two billion users worldwide, Facebook Messenger close to one, while WeChat now counts 1.3 billion. What are the trends in individual countries? What are the most popular apps? We've put together a global overview of messaging apps usage statistics. 

How do people use messaging apps? In our guide, we've compiled user demographics and usage statistics for different countries and regions to show you the most current developments. We continuously add countries, messaging apps, and update usage statistics, so check back on a regular basis for the latest numbers!

Global overview: The most used messaging apps

WhatsApp, the Messenger by Meta (formerly Facebook Messenger), Instagram, and WeChat are by far the most popular messaging apps, according to the latest 2023 data from Datareportal. Together, they combine more than six billion active monthly users.

Most used social media apps world 2023, Datareportal
Due to a different data method, social media numbers in 2023 might appear overall lower in 2023 in comparison to previous years. (Source: Datareportal)

The last time WhatsApp announced its official user numbers was in 2020. According to this statement, 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, and Telegram, in terms of user numbers.

Overall, Meta's "family of apps" dominates the global social media scene, with Facebook showing a strong user growth in 2022, and almost reaching three billion monthly users.

Also interesting: WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day, according to the