WhatsApp now has a billion monthly active users (and so does Gmail)

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 2, 2016
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It wasn’t all that long ago – March 2015 in fact – that WhatsApp crossed the one billion install threshold on Google Play. Fast forward 10 months to now and the world’s most popular messaging service has just announced it has one billion monthly active users. Installs are one thing, but active users are the holy grail for demonstrating popularity.

Speaking of popularity, Alphabet also announced it has one billion active monthly users of its Gmail service at the exact same time as WhatsApp. If you want to get competitive about it, Alphabet’s earnings call actually dropped the news first, with WhatsApp’s post appearing a few moments later. Needless to say, both services deserve a pat on the back.

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If you want to continue the competitive angle, Gmail hit the billion installs mark in May 2014, that’s 20 months ago, or double the amount of time it took WhatsApp to convert downloads into monthly active users. It sometimes feels like everyone is using Gmail and WhatsApp, but this rapid uptake shows there is still plenty of room for growth, even when a seventh of the world’s population is already using your product on the regular.

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  • Jack Edge

    So this means around 1/7 of the world population uses WhatsApp regularly?

    • josuearisty

      And so does gmail!!

    • smokebomb

      “even when a seventh of the world’s population is already using your product on the regular.”

  • saksham

    if its 1 billion on android then there must be like a couple 100 million downloads more on ios ?

    • s2weden2000

      aij0s is included in those numbers…

    • josuearisty

      Did you read the article? Its total!!

      • saksham

        well did u know that the play store is showing 1 B downloads for whatsapp since last year ?!

        • josuearisty

          It doesn’t mean these are active users.

  • s2weden2000

    whazup …

  • Ondrej Sojka

    wtf, everybody uses GMail and just three my friends use WhatsApp.

    • AbbyZFresh

      You must live in the U.S.

      • Ondrej Sojka

        I live in the Czech Republic.

      • smokebomb

        I live in the U.S. and don’t know anyone that uses WhatsApp. I’m slowly converting my family and circle of friends to Google hangouts and my Google voice number.

  • Christin Baumgarten

    Wow, awesome! Most of our Mailbird users have at least one gmail account. And, Whatsapp (that just hit the 1 Billion mark too) is our most popular integration. Awesome news. Thanks for keeping us updated with this great story Kris and Happy Friday:-)