Which is the most downloaded app in the world?

In January 2021, with more than 63 million installs, messenger app Telegram became the most downloaded non-gaming app for the month.
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And the winner is Telegram! In January 2021, with more than 63 million installs, messenger app Telegram became the most downloaded non-gaming app for the month. India topped the list among the countries with the highest number of installations, followed by Indonesia. 

That’s quite a climb since only in December 2020, Telegram occupied the ninth position in the overall downloads (non-gaming). 

The messaging app also entered the list of ‘Top 10 Most Downloaded (non-game) Apps’ on App Store — straight at #4.

This spike is a result of WhatsApprecent privacy policy updates, which prompted several users to switch from the Facebook-owned app. WhatsApp later postponed the deadline for its users. However, users are still flocking to other apps, mainly Telegram and Signal.

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Closer home, Zoho’s new messaging app Arattai is also seeing a lot of buzz, gaining 50,000 installs on Google Play Store even before its launch.

It remains to be seen if these apps can sustain their growth, given WhatsApp’s massive existing user base, as well as multiple use cases. 


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News & Updates

  • With more than 63 million installations, messenger app Telegram became the most downloaded non-gaming app for the month of January 2021. The list of countries with the highest number of installations was topped by India with 24 percent, followed by Indonesia at 10 percent.
  • After #BharatRatnaForRatanTata started trending on Twitter, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, Ratan Tata took to social media platforms to assure netizens that he wishes to aid India’s growth without any fanfare or credentials.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Mr. Ratan Naval Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons and Chairman of the Tata Trusts.

“I consider myself fortunate to be an Indian and to try and contribute to India’s growth and prosperity.”

Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group


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