BrandArena: Telegram reaches 1 billion downloads worldwide

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Telegram reaches 1 billion downloads worldwide

According to Sensor Tower which is a mobile app store market intelligence firm has confirmed that popular instant messaging app Telegram is now part of an elite club of apps that have been downloaded over 1 billion times globally.

Sensor Tower told TechCrunch that Telegram which was launched in late 2013, surpassed the milestone on Friday. As is the case with the app’s chief rival, WhatsApp, India is the largest market for Telegram. The world’s second-largest internet market represents approximately 22% of its lifetime installs, Sensor Tower said.

“[India is] followed by Russia and Indonesia, which represent about 10% and 8% of [all installs], respectively. The app’s installs accelerated in 2021, reaching about 214.7 million installs in the first half of 2021, up 61% year-over-year from 133 million in H1 2020,” Sensor Tower added.

It’s worth noting that even though Telegram reached 1 billion downloads globally, it doesn’t mean there are over 1 billion active users. Telegram had about 500 million monthly active users as of early this year, for instance. But the surge in downloads, which coincides with WhatsApp’s poor handling of relaying its privacy policies to its massive userbase, nonetheless suggests that Telegram has enjoyed some additional attention in recent quarters.

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