Telegram’s most downloaded non-game app in January 2021

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Telegram managed to become the world’s most downloaded non-game app in 2021. That’s according to a new SensorTower report citing download estimates from its Store Intelligence platform. According to the report, the the messaging app recorded over 63 million installs in January, or 3.8 times more than the same period last year. Telegram’s growth has been driven by users from India and Indonesia. While nearly 24% of new installs came from India, the Indonesian market contributed 10% of new downloads.

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TikTok follows closely behind in second place, with 62 million installs. China contributed 17% of new installations, while the United States accounts for 10% of new users. It is worth noting that TikTok has managed to secure 62 million new installs at a time when the Chinese short video platform is still banned in India, one of its key markets.

In third position is another messaging application – Signal. In case you haven’t already guessed, the rise in downloads is mainly due to users switching to Signal and Telegram. Telegram even created an import tool to help users migrate from WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk. If you are planning to relocate, we have dedicated guides to help you switch from WhatsApp to Signal and WhatsApp to Telegram.

In addition to these apps, apps owned by Facebook Facebook and WhatsApp took fourth and fifth places, respectively. Interestingly, the TikTok MX type app TakaTak managed to reach fourth place on Google Play Store. Take a look at the full list of apps below:

best apps in the world January 202 by downloads
Image: SensorTower

The growth of Telegram and Signal over the past month is not much of a surprise. That said, it will be interesting to see if the pace of growth continues over the next few months. If you’re someone who’s made the switch from WhatsApp to Telegram or Signal, let us know if you plan to stick with those apps in the future in the comments.


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