Sensor Tower released this data and disclosed that Telegram is followed by TikTok and then Signal and Facebook. WhatsApp has now fallen to the fifth position from the third position last month. Sensor Tower estimates Telegram downloads are up 3.8 times from January 2020, with a massive 63 million last month.
Signal, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, ZOOM, MX Taka Tak, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger are the other apps that were listed in the top ten most installed non-gaming apps worldwide for the month of January 2021.
“Our estimates include downloads for the App Store and Google Play worldwide between January 1, 2021, and January 31, 2021. Apple apps and Google pre-installed apps are excluded. We report unique installs only. Android estimates do not include third-party stores. Figures represent aggregate installs of all app versions, ex: Facebook and Facebook Lite,” according to the Sensor Tower report.
Telegram said they “surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America, and 8% from MENA.”
Telegram used to be on the periphery of messaging apps as most people relied on WhatsApp as the primary mode of communication. Now telegram hits the chart and became the top most downloaded app in the world.
Telegram founder Pavel Durov shared the reason for Telegram’s success in a post on his Telegram channel.
“For the last 7.5 years, we’ve consistently defended the privacy of our users and regularly improved the quality and feature set of our apps,” he said, suggesting “focused effort [applied] over a long period of time” would bring success, whether it be in “sport, blogging, art, coding, business or studying.”
The numbers for the last three months show that Telegram was always in the top 10 most downloaded apps. In Nov and Dec 2020, it was the ninth most downloaded app in the world.