Telegram tops 1 billion downloads

According to Sensor Tower, Telegram is now part of the elite group of instant messaging apps downloaded more than 1 billion times worldwide.

TechCrunch was informed by the mobile insights firm that the app, which is based in Dubai, reached the milestone Friday. India, like WhatsApp, is Telegram’s largest market. Sensor Tower stated that India is the second-largest internet market in the world, accounting for approximately 22% its total lifetime installations.

Russia is followed closely by Indonesia and India, who account for about 10% and 8 percent of all installs. It added that the app’s 2021 installs increased by 61%, to 214.7 million installations in half-century 2021 (compared with 133 million installed in H1 2020).

Not all installs equal 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.

Telegram, which earlier this year raised over $1 billion, is the 15th app worldwide to have been downloaded 1 billion times or more, Sensor Tower told TechCrunch. Sensor Tower said that other apps included WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook as well as Snapchat, Spotify and Spotify. The installs of many Google apps preinstalled on Android phones are not tracked by mobile research companies.

Telegram did not immediately reply to our request for comment.

Publiated at Mon, 30 August 2021 18:01:36 +0000

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