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:
- Telegram Statistics (Top Picks)
- How many active users are on Telegram?
- Telegram app stats
- Where is Telegram based?
- Ranked: Telegram is the 11th most used social media platform worldwide
- Telegram gender demographics
- Telegram popularity in select countries
- Political leaders on Telegram
- Telegram availability by platform
- How many stickers are available on Telegram?
- What are the most popular Telegram channels?
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.
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.
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|
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Telegram gender demographics
Telegram’s user base consists of 41.4% female users and 58.6% male users.
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|
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.
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.
Political leaders on Telegram
We’ve listed popular political leaders with channels on Telegram, based on subscriber count:
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).
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.
What are the most popular Telegram channels?
60% of most popular Telegram channels are related to movies, while the second most popular category is about Telegram itself.
Here’s are the 10 most popular Telegram channels right now:
|Channel name||Number of subscribers|
|HINDI HD MOVIES KGF||6.2 million|
|Telegram News||5.4 million|
|Telegram Tips||5.1 million|
|Bollywood HD Movies||4.4 million|
|BOLLYWOOD HINDI MOVIE||3.6 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?
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