Facebook Messenger now has 1.2 billion users


Messenger, one of Facebook’s chat apps, announced in early April 2017 that it has reached 1.2 billion users.

Facebook Messenger had 1 Billion monthly active users in July 2016.

It had 800 million monthly active users in January 2016

It had 500 million monthly active users in November 2014.

Facebook Messenger had 105.2 million active users in the U.S. in 2016- that’s 40% market share, according to eMarketer.

Last year, Messenger made a heavy push towards messaging-as-a-channel for commerce (aka messaging commerce or conversational commerce), particularly with the announcement of chatbots to could automate an end-users interactions with a business. Now, chatbots have not taken over the world by storm yet (but it will eventually), so Messenger is now a bit more focused on automating the experience via well-known responses. Facebook Messenger 1.2 Billion monthly active users

While it’s still pushing into commerce, this year Messenger seems to be focused on advertising to make money from its 1.2 billion users, according to Re/code


How many users do the messaging apps have?

There are numerous messaging applications such as facebook messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat. This list shows the leading messaging apps (also known as OTT Messaging) and the number of registered users and the number of monthly active users (MAU)

Messaging ApplicationRegistered UsersMonthly Active Users
WhatsApp1,000 Million
WeChat1,100 Million650 Million
Facebook Messenger900 Million
Viber750 Million
LINE560 Million212 Million
Instagram500 Million
Skype300 Million
iMessage (Apple)250 Million
Tango250 Million
Kik250 Million
Kakao Talk170 Million
Telegram100 Million