List of Most Popular Messaging Apps by Country (2022)

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I’ve compiled a list of the most popular messaging apps by country. Each app on this list comes from data that specifies the most active users on each app (for Android and iPhones).

I always want to know their most popular messaging app when traveling to a new country. So I can blend in. If you wish to know for the same reason or are here for pure curiosity, I’ve compiled a list to help.

App trends change all the time. To present the most accurate information, I’ve compiled my list based on a couple data points.

Let’s find your country.

App trends continually change. Whether a company does something scummy causes them to lose a considerable part of their user base. Or people get bored with the app. So you MAY find this information isn’t up to date.

But:

I did the best I could with my research. Just for you.1

To find the most popular messaging apps by country, I chose data.ai as my source. They provide data on mobile users to companies looking to make apps. Thus, I felt they were the most ‘trustworthy.’

I ensured data came from the same website to prevent any mixups. I felt they were the most trustworthy out of other data collection firms. But I welcome you to perform your own research.

Prepare yourself for your head to spin.

The primary data point I’m going with to determine an app’s popularity is “Active Users.” For countries where I COULDN’T find any data, I resorted to the number of app downloads.

For countries I listed by Downloads Rank, I will list a single asterisk (*) beside it.

Keep in mind that people can manipulate both data fields. 

Whether they have a phone farm. Or if the app comes preinstalled.

In short, don’t take this information as gospel.

Most Popular Chat Apps by Country

Don’t make life harder on yourself.

You can search for a country by using the search bar.

Remember the data points:

  • Asterick (*): most downloaded (out of Apple App and Google Play Stores)
  • Everything else: apps with most active users (out of both app stores)
CountryMost Popular App (By Active Users)
Afghanistan*WhatsApp
Albania*WhatsApp
Algeria*Facebook Messenger
Angola*WhatsApp
ArgentinaWhatsApp
Armenia*WhatsApp
AustraliaFacebook Messenger
Austria*WhatsApp
Azerbaijan*WhatsApp
Bahamas*WhatsApp
BangladeshNo Data
BelarusTelegram
BelgiumWhatsApp
BelizeFacebook Messenger
Benin*WhatsApp
Bhutan*WhatsApp
Bolivia*Facebook Messenger
Bosnia and Herzegovina*Viber
Botswana*Facebook Messenger
BrazilWhatsApp
Brunei*WhatsApp
BulgariaViber
Burundi*WhatsApp
Cambodia*Facebook Messenger
Cameroon*WhatsApp
CanadaFacebook Messenger
Chad*WhatsApp
ChileWhatsApp
ChinaWeChat
ColumbiaWhatsApp
Costa Rica*Telegram
CroatiaWhatsApp
CubaNo Data
Czech RepublicWhatsApp
Cyprus*WhatsApp
DenmarkFacebook Messenger
Djibouti*WhatsApp
Dominican Republic*WhatsApp
East TimorWhatsApp
EcuadorWhatsApp
EgyptWhatsApp
El Salvador*WhatsApp
EstoniaWhatsApp
Fiji*Viber
FinlandWhatsApp
FranceWhatsApp
Gabon*WhatsApp
Georgia*WhatsApp
GermanyWhatsApp
Ghana*WhatsApp
GreeceViber
Guatemala*WhatsApp
Guinea*WhatsApp
Guyana*WhatsApp
Honduras*Facebook Messenger
Hong KongWhatsApp
HungaryFacebook Messenger
Iceland*WhatsApp
IndiaWhatsApp
IndonesiaWhatsApp
IranNo Data
IraqWhatsApp
IrelandWhatsApp
IsraelWhatsApp
ItalyWhatsApp
Jamaica*WhatsApp
JapanLINE
Jordan*Facebook Messenger
Kazakhstan*WhatsApp
Kenya*WhatsApp
Kuwait*WhatsApp
Kyrgyzstan*WhatsApp
Laos*WhatsApp
Latvia*WhatsApp
LebanonWhatsApp
Liberia*WhatsApp
Libya*WhatsApp
Lithuania*WhatsApp
LuxembourgWhatsApp
MacauWeChat
MalaysiaWhatsApp
Mali*WhatsApp
Mauritania*WhatsApp
Mauritius*WhatsApp
MexicoWhatsApp
Moldova*Viber
Mongolia*Facebook Messenger
Morocco*WhatsApp
Mozambique*WhatsApp
Myanmar*Facebook Messenger
Namibia*WhatsApp
Nepal*WhatsApp
NetherlandsWhatsApp
New ZealandFacebook Messenger
Nicaragua*Telegram
Niger*WhatsApp
Nigeria*WhatsApp
NorwayFacebook Messenger
North KoreaNo Data
OmanWhatsApp
PakistanWhatsApp
PalestineNo Data
Panama*Telegram
Papua New Guinea*WhatsApp
Paraguay*WhatsApp
PeruWhatsApp
PhilippinesFacebook Messenger
PolandFacebook Messenger
PortugalWhatsApp
Puerto RicoNo Data
QatarWhatsApp
RomaniaWhatsApp
RussiaWhatsApp
Rwanda*WhatsApp
Saudi ArabiaWhatsApp
Senegal*WhatsApp
Serbia*Viber
Sierra Leone*WhatsApp
SingaporeWhatsApp
SlovakiaFacebook Messenger
Slovenia*Viber
SomaliaNo Data
SomalilandNo Data
South AfricaWhatsApp
South KoreaKakaoTalk
SpainWhatsApp
Sri LankaWhatsApp
SurinameWhatsApp
SwedenFacebook Messenger
SwitzerlandWhatsApp
SyriaNo Data
TaiwanLINE
Tajikistan*WhatsApp
TanzaniaWhatsApp
ThailandLINE
Trinidad and Tobago*WhatsApp
Tunisia*WhatsApp
(Türkiye) TurkeyWhatsApp
Turkmenistan*ICQ Video Calls & Chat Rooms
Uganda*WhatsApp
UkraineViber
United Arab Emirates (UAE)WhatsApp
United Kingdom (UK)WhatsApp
United States of America (USA)Facebook Messenger
Uruguay*WhatsApp
Uzbekistan*Telegram Messenger
Venezuela*WhatsApp
VietnamZalo
Yemen*WhatsApp
Zambia*Facebook Messenger
Zimbabwe*WhatsApp

Frequently Asked Questions About Messaging Apps

Still have questions about messaging apps?

Dive into this list of frequently asked questions to find your answers.

What Chat App Does the World Use the Most?

Most countries use WhatsApp. Out of the 100 countries that use it, you’ll want to pay attention to two data points. Either WhatsApp was the most downloaded or had the most active users.

Across both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store

Related: A list of international travel tips

Is Telegram Made in India?

Telegram was originally made in Russia. However, in 2014 Telegram left Russia and became a registered LLC in the United States.

Also, Telegram’s legal domicile headquarters is in London. Whereas, their operational center is in Dubai.

Do You Have the Right Apps Downloaded?

Out of all of the available mobile messaging applications, most countries only use a select bunch.

Don’t forget to explore other apps when the opportunity arises.

If you’re a traveler, don’t forget to download any of these apps before you head to your destination. Otherwise, you may find yourself outside the loop.

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