How Many People Use Telegram in 2021? 55 Telegram Stats

How Many People Use Telegram in 2021? 55 Telegram Stats

Brian Dean

by Brian Dean · Updated Feb. 26, 2021

Telegram Usage and Growth Statistics: How Many People Use Telegram?

Telegram was launched on August 14, 2013, as a privacy-focused, ad-free messaging app. First available on iOS, the alpha version of the Android app was released later that same year.

Telegram brought in approximately 100,000 daily active users in its first year.

Today, the app reportedly has more than 500 million monthly active users. In 2020, ranked by the number of downloads, Telegram was among the top 10 most popular apps in the world.

Read on to find all the important Telegram usage statistics for 2021. Here’s a full breakdown of what we’ll cover:

Important Telegram Stats

  • Telegram has 500 million monthly active users. An increase of 150% since 2018.
  • Telegram was the most downloaded app across iOS & Android in January 2021.
  • Telegram has 55.2 million daily active users.
  • The average Telegram user spends 2.9 hours on the app each month.

Telegram monthly active users

Telegram currently has 500 million monthly active users. An increase of 25% in less than a year.

Telegram has 500 million monthly active users

Over the past three years alone, the messenger app added 300 million users to its user base (60% of all existing active Telegram users).

25 million new users joined Telegram during a 72-hour surge in January 2021. Which equates to about 8.33 million new signups per day. And more than 100 million new users started using Telegram in January alone.

In fact, Telegram’s user base has been growing at a rate of more than 40% each year since its launch in 2013.

Telegram users over time

Here’s a full breakdown of Telegram users over time:

Date Monthly active users
March 2014 35 million
December 2014 50 million
September 2015 60 million
February 2016 100 million
December 2017 180 million
March 2018 200 million
April 2020 400 million
January 2021 500 million

Sources: Statista, Telegram.

Telegram daily active users

Telegram has 55.2 million daily active users across iOS and Android. An increase of more than 30% since November 2020.

Telegram has 55.2 million daily active users

Source: Apptopia, TechCrunch.

Telegram app download stats

Telegram was the most downloaded app (across the App Store & Google Play) globally in January 2021, with more than 63 million downloads.

Telegram is the most popular non-gaming app in Google Play, ranked by the number of worldwide downloads.

Telegram is the 4th most downloaded app in the App Store.

Ranked by the total number of downloads, Telegram was the 9th most popular mobile app across iOS & Android in 2020.

Source: Sensor Tower, Hootsuite.

How much time do Telegram users spend on the app?

The average user of Telegram on Android spends 2.9 hours per month using the app. That’s slightly higher than the 2.7 hours per month that people spend on Facebook Messenger.

Source: Hootsuite.

Where is Telegram based?

Telegram’s development team is currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The issuer of the Telegram mobile app is Telegram FZ-LLC, an organization registered in the United Arab Emirates.

The legal address of Telegram’s parent company (Telegram Group Inc.) is located in the British Virgin Islands.

The legal representative for data protection legislation is the company Telegram UK Holdings Ltd, based in the United Kingdom.

Source: Telegram.

Ranked: Telegram is the 11th most used social media platform worldwide

Telegram is the 11th most used social media platform worldwide, with 500 million active users.

Source: Hootsuite.

Telegram gender demographics

Telegram’s user base consists of 41.4% female users and 58.6% male users.

Source: Hootsuite.

Telegram popularity in select countries

Here’s the ranking of the Telegram app in the iOS App Store under the “social networking” category by country:

Country Rank in country among social networking apps
Australia 6
Brazil 1
Germany 4
India 3
Malaysia 1
Netherlands 2
Russia 1
United Kingdom 5
United States 6

Source: App Annie.

Telegram users in Russia

At least 30 million (out of 400 million) Telegram monthly active users are based in Russia. Which represents 7.5% of their worldwide user base.

A Deloitte survey found that 50% of Russians had installed Telegram on their mobile device (a 40% increase vs 2019). By comparison, WhatsApp had been installed by 88% of respondents.

Source: Telegram, Vedomosti.

Telegram users in India

The Telegram app was downloaded 15.75 million times in India in January 2021, which accounts for 24% of all worldwide monthly Telegram downloads.

Source: Sensor Tower.

Telegram users in Malaysia

The Telegram app is downloaded 6.3 million times a month in Malaysia, which represents 10% of the monthly worldwide share.

Source: Sensor Tower.

Telegram users in the US

The US represents less than 2% of Telegram’s global user base, with less than 10 million US users accessing Telegram on a monthly basis.

Source: Telegram.

Political leaders on Telegram

We’ve listed popular political leaders with channels on Telegram, based on subscriber count:

Political leaders on Telegram

With that, here’s a table that contains the full data:

Political leader Number of subscribers
Jair M. Bolsonaro (President of Brazil) 420.7K
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (President of Turkey) 361.7K
Shavkat Mirziyoyev (President of Uzbekistan) 206.4K
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (President of Mexico) 159.8K
Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister of Ethiopia) 74.9K
Volodymyr Zelensky (President of Ukraine) 54.7K
Tsai Ing-wen (President of Taiwan) 51.4K
Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel) 35.5K
Lee Hsien Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore) 19.8K

Telegram availability by platform

The Telegram app is available to download in 155 countries (out of 175 countries).

Android users in all 155 of these countries are able to install Telegram from the Play Store.

In the Windows Store, the Telegram app is available in 52 countries (out of 109 countries where Windows Store currently operates).

Source: Appfigures.

How many stickers are available on Telegram?

Stickers is a feature on Telegram where users can add graphical elements to conversations.

There are over 20,000 stickers on Telegram.

Source: Telegram.

60% of most popular Telegram channels are related to movies, while the second most popular category is about Telegram itself.

What are the most popular Telegram channels?

Here’s are the 10 most popular Telegram channels right now:

Channel name Number of subscribers
Telegram News 5.4 million
Telegram Tips 5.1 million
Bollywood HD Movies 4.4 million
Proxy MTProto 2.8 million
MyGov Corona Newsdesk 2.7 million
Movies Temple 2.5 million
Bollywood Movies HD New 2.5 million
HD PRINT MOVIES 2.3 million

Source: Telegram Analytics.


That’s it for my list of Telegram user stats.

Telegram is one of those apps that shares very limited data. So I did my best to find stats that were scattered among news articles and founder interviews.

Now I would like to hear your thoughts:

Do you think Telegram will continue to grow? Is there anything, in particular, you’d like to see added to this Telegram stats page?

Go ahead and leave a comment below right now.


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