Mobile – Telegram passes billion downloads milestone


The secure messaging app has become the fifteenth app to have reached this symbolic threshold in the world.

Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany – 04 july 2021: male hand holding a smartphone with telegram messenger app in front of a notebook – social media message application for cell phone

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After announcing that it had reached 500 million active users in January 2021, the instant and secure messaging app Telegram has just passed a new symbolic milestone: 1 billion downloads worldwide, according to SensorTower figures cited by TechCrunch. Launched in 2013 by the brothers Nikolaï and Pavel Dourov, it is the fifteenth application to cross this bar. The Dubai-based app thus joins the club frequented by Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify and Netflix.

Telegram, which has benefited from the Covid-19 pandemic and especially criticism of the controversial announcements of change of terms and conditions of the big competitor WhatsApp, has seen strong growth in recent months. The app saw 214.7 million installs in the first half of 2021, up from 133 million over the same period in 2020, an increase of 61% year-on-year.

Worn by India

India is the country where Telegram experiences the most downloads (22% of the total). Russia (10%), his country of origin, and Indonesia (8%) follow.


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