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?
- BBM: 100 million monthly active users Last updated 10/4/14
- Facebook Messenger: 1.3 billion active users Last updated 1/31/17
- iMessage: 250 million users Last updated 5/28/13
- Kakao Talk: 48 million users Last updated 2/20/17
- Kik Messenger: 300 million registered users Last updated 5/12/16
- LINE: 217 million monthly active users Last updated 1/25/17
- Nimbuzz: 200 million users Last updated 10/28/14
- Palmchat: 100 million users Last updated 6/2/16
- Skype: 300 million users Last updated 3/30/16
- SnapChat: 191 million daily active users Last updated 4/6/18
- SOMA Messenger: 10 million users Last updated 11/20/15
- Tango: 390 million registered users Last updated 3/6/18
- Telegram: 200 million users Last updated 3/22/18
- Viber: 1 billion registered users Last updated 8/2/18
- WeChat/WeiXIn: 1.04 billion active users Last updated 5/17/18
- WhatsApp : 1.5 billion users Last updated 1/31/18
- Zalo: 50 million registered users Last updated 4/30/16