How Many People Use Messaging Apps? | By the Numbers

Here is my running list of how many people use messaging apps. Updated for August 2018 (the best I could find, at least).

A great deal of attention has been placed on the rapidly growing chat app market recently. These are some of the fastest growing digital properties in the world and some have even evolved beyond a traditional mobile app into their own social platforms with gaming and commerce capabilities.

I thought it would be interesting to break out a subset of my big list of social media and app user totals that focuses on these chat apps. Please remember that this is a very rapidly changing segment of the industry and some of these companies are more forthcoming with their user stats than others, so it may not be perfect. That said, it should give you an idea of the scope of the chat app market and what all the commotion is about.

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. It is also difficult, at times, to distinguish monthly users from total user accounts. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

How Many People Use Messaging Apps?

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This report lists users for almost 1,100 digital properties including:

  • Social media standard-bearers like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat and WhatsApp;
  • Popular services like Netflix, Spotify, Paypal and Evernote;
  • Many Google, Apple, Amazon, Yahoo and Microsoft products;
  • Asian-Pacific mega-platforms like Weibo, Wechat, Baidu, Alibaba,, etc;
  • and some of your favorite games like Minecraft, Pokemon Go, Fortnite, Angry Birds, Candy Crush and World of Warcraft.

Source dates and links are included for each total

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