In this article, I will tell you that Telegram managed to become one of the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide in 2021. That’s based on a new webs360 report citing download estimates from its Store Intelligence platform. According to the report, the messaging app had over 63 million installs in January, which is 3.8 times more than the same period last year. Telegram’s growth was led by users from India and Indonesia. While almost 24 % of the new installations were from India, the Indonesian market contributed 10 % of recent downloads.
The Following closely at the second spot is TikTok, with 62 million installs. China contributed 17 % of the new installs, while the USA accounts for 10 % of new users. It’s worth noting that TikTok managed to get 62 million new installations at a time when the Chinese short video platform is still banned in India, one of its key markets.
Coming in the third position is one other messaging app – Signal. In case you haven’t guessed already, the spike in downloads is mainly because of users moving to Signal and Telegram. Telegram has even created an import tool to assist users to migrate from WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk. If you’re planning to make the transfer, we’ve dedicated guides that will help you move from WhatsApp to Signal and WhatsApp to Telegram.
Aside from these apps, Facebook-owned apps Facebook and WhatsApp secured fourth and fifth places respectively. Interestingly, TikTok-like app MX TakaTak managed to hit the fourth spot on Google Play Store. Check out the complete list of apps below:
The increase in Telegram and Signal over the last month doesn’t really come as a surprise. That said, will probably be interesting to see if the pace of growth continues in the coming months. When you’re someone who moved from WhatsApp to Telegram or Signal, do tell us if you’re planning to stick to these apps going forward in the feedback.
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