WhatsApp Revenue and Growth Statistics (2023)

Key Whatsapp user stats. Includes data on the number of active users, valuation, revenue, number of employees, and more.
WhatsApp Revenue and Growth Statistics (2023)
Last updated on:
November 7, 2022

WhatsApp's latest Key facts

  • In 2022, the total number of WhatsApp users worldwide was estimated to be more than 3.25 billion users
  • As of 2022, WhatsApp has an average of more than 2.44 billion monthly active users
  • In 2021, WhatsApp was used an average of 18.6 hours per month by users around the world, or 37 minutes per day
  • In 2022, WhatsApp users exchanged an estimated 120 billion messages
  • In 2022, WhatsApp have more than 5.7 billion app downloads
  • WhatsApp's Android app has been downloaded more than 5 billion times as of 2022, while the iOS version had been downloaded more than 500 million times
  • With 2.44 billion users in 2022, a similar calculation would value WhatsApp at $102 billion
  • The revenue for WhatsApp in 2021 was $790 million
  • WhatsApp currently has 1,883 employees

Overview about WhatsApp

Key StatsKey Info
Initial Released Date39814
HeadquartersSanta Clara, California, United States
Original Founders/ DevelopersBrian Acton, Jan Koum
Current ownerMeta Platforms
Supported PlatformsiOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Webapp
Written inErlang
Available languages40 (iOS) and 60 (Android)
TypeInstant messaging, VoIP
Websitewww.whatsapp.com

Source: Crunchbase

How many WhatsApp users are there? (Worldwide)

In 2022, the total number of WhatsApp users worldwide was estimated to be 3.25 billion, an 8.3% increase from the number of WhatsApp users in 2021, which was 3 billion.

Graph about Whatsapp number of users
YearNumber of WhatsApp Users% of Users' Growth
20223.25 billion users8.30%
20213 billion users11%
20202.7 billion users8%
20192.5 billion users11%
20182.25 billion users-

Source: Statista

What % of the world's population uses WhatsApp?

More than 40% of the global population use WhatsApp for instant messaging in 2022.

Graph about percentage of the world's population using WhatsApp
YearNumber of WhatsApp UsersWorld Population% of World Population
20223.25 billion users8 billion people40.63%
20213 billion users7.88 billion people38.07%
20202.7 billion users7.82 billion people34.52%
20192.5 billion users7.74 billion people32.23%
20182.25 billion users7.66 billion people29.37%

Source: UN, World Bank, Statista

WhatsApp Monthly Active Users

As of 2022, WhatsApp has an average of more than 2.44 billion monthly active users.

Graph about WhatsApp Monthly Active Users
YearWhatsApp MAU% Growth
20222.4 billion monthly active users10%
20212.2 billion monthly active users10%
20202.0 billion monthly active users14%
20191.75 billion monthly active users17%
20181.5 billion monthly active users7%
20171.4 billion monthly active users25%
20161.2 billion monthly active users20%
20151 billion monthly active users53.80%
2014650 million monthly active users62.50%
2013400 million monthly active users60%
2012250 million monthly active users400%
201150 million monthly active users400%
201010 million monthly active users150%
20094 million monthly active users-

Source: Statista 1, Statista 2, Analysis Group, Business Insider, Facebook, Messenger People, Statista 3

WhatsApp user/market share in each country

NOTE: The figures below are the % of users who are using a messaging app.

Brazil had the highest percentage of WhatsApp users (98%), with more than 98% of the country's messaging-app-users using WhatsApp as their first-rated messaging app, followed by India and Italy, each with around 97%, as the top platform adopters in 2022.

Graph WhatsApp user/market share in each country
CountryPercentage of country using WhatsApp
Brazil98.90%
India97.10%
Italy97%
Argentina96%
Switzerland95.50%
Finland95.60%
Germany95.50%
Austria94.40%
Netherlands92.90%
Spain92.20%
Mexico87.10%
Indonesia86.40%
Russia83.70%
United Kingdom71.30%
France48%
Canada42.40%
United States41.20%
Sweden33.50%
Australia32.90%

Source: Statista

WhatsApp users by devices used

Based on a random sampling of both the kind of devices used to access WhatsApp and the countries where it is used. There are sporadic signs that WhatsApp users prefer to access the messaging service more from their desktop computers.

Graph about WhatsApp users by devices used
CountryDesktopMobile
India58%42%
Brazil52.85%47%
United States69.84%30%
Mexico63.50%36.50%
Germany71.12%28.88%

Source: SEMrush

What is the average time spent on WhatsApp by users?

The average monthly time spent using WhatsApp by users worldwide in 2021 was 18.6 hours, down from 19.4 hours per user in 2020.

This translates to an average daily usage of 37 minutes for WhatsApp users in 2021.

Graph about average time spent on WhatsApp by users

Source: Statista

How many messages are exchanged on WhatsApp every day? (Global WhatsApp Message Volume Per Day)

In 2022, WhatsApp users exchanged an estimated 120 billion messages.

Graph about number of Whatsapp messages every day
YearNumber of WhatsApp Messages every day
2022120 billion messages
2021110 billion messages
2020100 billion messages
201990 billion messages
201870 billion messages
201760 billion messages
201650 billion messages
201540.1 billion messages
201430 billion messages
201318 billion messages
20129 billion messages
20113 billion messages

Source: Statista 1, Statista 2, Statista 3

WhatsApp users demographics

WhatsApp users by gender

Male users of WhatsApp make up 53.86% of all users while female users make up 46.14%

Graph about WhatsApp users by gender
GenderPercentage
Male54%
Female46%

Source: Similar Web

WhatsApp users by age

The majority of WhatsApp users are between the ages of 25 and 34.

Graph about WhatsApp users by age
Age GroupPercentage
15 - 2425.68%
25 - 3434.58%
35 - 4419%
45 - 5411%
55 - 646.57%
65+3.62%

Source: Similar Web

How many WhatsApp Downloads are there?

In 2022, WhatsApp have more than 5.7 billion app downloads.

Graph about WhatsApp number of downloads
YearNumber of Downloads
20225.7 billion
20215.3 billion
20204.9 billion
20194.3 billion
20183.4 billion
20172.9 billion
20162 billion
20151.2 billion
2014800 million
2013500 million

Source: Statista

How many mobile and Desktop WhatsApp app downloads are there?

Research suggests that 59% of WhatsApp's traffic comes from desktop, while 41% comes from mobile.

Infographic about number of mobile and desktop WhatsApp downloads

Source: SEMrush

How many Operating Systems does WhatsApp support?

WhatsApp currently, supports and recommends using the following devices with OS such as:

  • Android running OS 4.1 and newer
  • iPhone running iOS 12 and newer
  • KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2

Source: WhatsApp

How many Android and iOS downloads are there?

WhatsApp's Android app has been downloaded more than 5 billion times as of 2022, while the iOS version had been downloaded more than 500 million times.

Graph about WhatsApp number of downloads on Android and iOS

Source: Play Google, Apps Apple

How much is WhatsApp worth? (Valuation)

According to experts, each WhatsApp user is worth approximately $44.

A similar calculation would value WhatsApp at $105.6 billion with 2.4 billion active monetizable users in 2022.

Graph about WhatsApp Valuation
YearValuation
2022$105.6 billion
2021$96.8 billion
2020$88 billion
2019$77 billion
2018$66 billion
2017$61.6 billion
2016$52.8 billion
2015$44 billion
2014$19 billion

Source: Zoko, Statista 1, Statista 2, Analysis Group, Business Insider, Facebook, Messenger People, Statista 3, Facebook

WhatsApp Revenue

The expected revenue for WhatsApp in 2021 was $790 million.

Graph about WhatsApp Revenue
YearRevenue
2021$790 million
2020$632 million
2019$507 million
2018$443 million

Sources: Forbes

WhatsApp Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)

As of 2021, the average revenue per user on WhatsApp was $3.80.

YearWhatsApp ARPU
2021$3.80
2020$4.27
2019$4.93
2018$5.08

WhatsApp Funding

WhatsApp has raised a total of $60.3 million in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Jul 1, 2013, from a Series B round.

Announced DateTransaction NameNumber of InvestorsMoney RaisedLead Investors
Jul 1, 2013Series B - WhatsApp1$52 millionSequoia Capital
Apr 8, 2011Series A - WhatsApp1$8 millionSequoia Capital
Oct 1, 2009Seed Round - WhatsApp$250, 000

Source: CrunchBase

WhatsApp Investors

Sequoia Capital funds WhatsApp.

Investor NameLead InvestorFunding RoundPartners
Sequoia CapitalYesSeries B - WhatsAppDouglas Leone, Jim Goetz, Michael Moritz
Sequoia CapitalYesSeries A - WhatsAppDouglas Leone, Jim Goetz, Michael Abramson, Michael Moritz

Source: CrunchBase

How does WhatsApp make money? (WhatsApp business model)

WhatsApp began as a 'freemium' service, allowing users to send messages for free for the first year and then renew for an annual fee of $0.99.

They have abandoned this business model in favor of in-app advertising. They make money instead through WhatsApp for Business and WhatsApp Pay.

It charges businesses for delayed responses. This means that businesses can respond to user messages for free for the first 24 hours, but must pay a fee for each message sent after that. The fee is fixed but varies depending on the country.

Source: Seeking Alpha, FEEDOUGH

What is WhatsApp's market share in the mobile messenger apps industry?

According to reports, WhatsApp owns more than 34% of the global mobile communication apps industry.

Graph about WhatsApp's market share in the mobile messenger apps industry

Source: Statista

Where is WhatsApp available?

WhatsApp is available and accessible from over 180 countries worldwide.

Source: WhatsApp

How many employees does WhatsApp have?

WhatsApp currently has 1,883 employees.

Graph about WhatsApp number of employees
YearNumber of Employees
20211,883 employees
2020250 employees
2019250 employees
2018250 employees
2017200 employees
201655 employees
201550 employees
201435 employees

Source: Wired, Fast Company, Business Strategy Hub, LinkedIn

Where is the WhatsApp Head Office located?

WhatsApp's head office is located in the United States, at 1601 Willow Rd, Menlo Park.

CountryCityAddress
United StatesMenlo Park1601 Willow Rd HQ
United StatesAustin 
IndiaGurugram 
IndiaHyderabad 
IrelandDublin 
United KingdomLondon

Source: Craft

What is WhatsApp Pay? (WhatsApp payment service)

WhatsApp Pay is a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform that allows for bank-to-bank transactions to be completed using a smartphone.

Simply put, it is a payment feature within chat that allows you to send and receive money from anyone on your contact list.

Are payments via WhatsApp safe?

Yes, WhatsApp Pay is secure, thanks to WhatsApp's ability to maintain end-to-end encryption, which is used to protect users' privacy.

As a result of this advanced technology, only the users who are conversing have access to the messages being exchanged. Because WhatsApp Pay uses the government's UPI payment system, all payments made with it are secure.

How do I use WhatsApp Pay to get money?

To use the WhatsApp Pay service, you must first activate the feature using your bank information.

How much does WhatsApp charge for its payment service?

Users can send and request money to their contacts for free, but businesses must pay a 3.99% fee per received transaction.

Where is the WhatsApp Pay service available?

WhatsApp Payment features are only available in India, Brazil, and select users in the US for now.

WhatsApp Business Statistics

How many WhatsApp Business downloads are there?

As of June 2022, Indian businesses were the ones that downloaded WhatsApp Business the most, with almost 292 million downloads on Android and iOS devices.

Around 220.5 million WhatsApp Business downloads were made by users worldwide in 2021, up 25.3 percent from the prior year.

Users can communicate instantaneously with WhatsApp Business's customer care agents or small business owners thanks to the platform's 2018 introduction.

Graph about number of WhatsApp business apps downloads
YearNumber of WhatsApp Business Apps
2022500 million+ downloads
2021220.5 million downloads
2020164.7 million downloads
2019100 million downloads
201825 million downloads

Source: Statista 1, Statista 2

Spending by companies using the WhatsApp business app

According to estimates, medium and big businesses throughout the globe spent about 38.7 million dollars on WhatsApp Business in 2019.

By 2024, it is anticipated that 3.6 billion US dollars would have been spent overall on the popular instant messaging app's commercial platform.

The WhatsApp Business app was downloaded by 220.5 million people worldwide in 2021.

Graph about WhastApp estimated expenditures by companies
YearEst. Expenditures by Companies
2024$3.6 billion
2023$145.1 million
2022$587.3 million
2021$237.2 million
2020$95.8 million
2019$38.7 million

Source: Statista

What is WhatsApp business average revenue per user (ARPU) by region?

The average revenue per user (ARPU) for WhatsApp Business was predicted to be roughly 0.24  dollars globally in 2021.

According to estimates, Europe had the highest ARPU for WhatsApp businesses globally, earning 1.21 dollars per user on the service. Worldwide revenue from WhatsApp Business is projected to have reached roughly 1.2 billion dollars in 2021, with Asia and Latin American regions accounting for the greatest revenue shares.

Graph about WhatsApp business average revenue by region
RegionARPU
Europe$1.21
North America$0.28
Latin America$0.42
Asia-Pacific$0.15
Middle East and Africa$0.24

Source: Statista

Who owns WhatsApp? (WhatsApp founders)

WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. WhatsApp became a part of Facebook in 2014, but it remains a separate app with a single focus on developing a messaging service that works quickly and reliably anywhere in the world.

Source: WhatsApp

Whatsapp Founders: Net worth

  • Jan Koum

Jan Koum cofounded WhatsApp, the world's largest mobile messaging service, in 2009, before Facebook purchased the company for $22 billion in cash and stock in 2014.

He resigned as WhatsApp's CEO in April 2018 and announced his intention to leave Facebook's board of directors as well.

Koum worked at Yahoo for nearly nine years before leaving to found WhatsApp. Koum has given $1.15 billion in Facebook stock to charities, including his Koum Family Foundation.

Graph about Jan Koum's net worth

Below is the net worth history of Jan Koum.

YearNet Worth
2022$9.8 billion
2021$9.9 billion
2020$9.7 billion
2019$9.6 billion
2018$9.1 billion
2017$9 billion
2016$8.6 billion
2015$6.6 billion
2014$6.8 billion

Source: Forbes

  • Brian Acton

Brian Acton, a computer engineer, cofounded WhatsApp with Jan Koum in 2007; the two met while working at Yahoo.

In 2014, the duo sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $22 billion in cash and stock. Acton left WhatsApp at the end of 2017, having received approximately $3 billion for his stake in the company.

In 180 countries, the mobile messaging app has over 1 billion users. Acton and his wife, Tegan, have also founded three other philanthropic entities. In February 2018, he committed $50 million to Signal Foundation, the nonprofit behind the Signal mobile app focused on preserving private communication.

In total, the duo has invested more than $1 billion in charitable organizations.

Graph about Brian Acton's net worth
YearNet Worth
2022$2.8 billion
2021$2.6 billion
2020$2.5 billion
2019$3.6 billion
2018$6.6 billion
2017$5.6 billion
2016$4.4 billion
2015$3.4 billion
2014$3 billion

Source: Forbes

WhatsApp Traffic Analysis

WhatsApp Traffic Sources

Direct traffic makes up the majority of WhatsApp's traffic (84.37%), while search traffic makes up the second-largest portion (9.53%).

Graph about WhatsApp Traffic Analysis
Traffic SourcesPercentage
Direct84.37%
Referrals2.03%
Search9.53%
Social Media2.41%
Mail1.64%
Display0.03%

Source: Similar Web

WhatsApp Social Media Traffic Sources

YouTube is the source of the majority of WhatsApp's social media traffic, followed by Facebook and Instagram.

Media TrafficPercentage
YouTube59.49%
Facebook18.37%
Instagram8.20%
Twitter4.32%
LinkedIn1.82%
Others7.80%

Source: Similar Web

WhatsApp FAQ

Can someone read your messages on WhatsApp?

WhatsApp said in an official blog post that Facebook cannot access WhatsApp content because of its end-to-end encryption: "When using the most recent version of WhatsApp, only you and the individuals you are messaging are able to access the messages because they are encrypted by default.

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