The statistics published by the analytical company, SensorTower has revealed the most popular mobile applications in the world at the end of January 2021.


In the past quarter, Telegram became the leader among non-gaming applications, displacing TikTok from the top position. In January, users downloaded and installed Telegram 63 million times, which is 3.8 times more than in January last year.

TikTok is in second place with 62 million installs. Signal, Facebook and WhatsApp rounded out the top five in January. Note that the privacy scandal has had a major impact on WhatsApp results. In December, WhatsApp took third place both in the total standings and in individual ratings for iOS and Android; and in November it was in the lead in the total standings for Android.

Telegram Is Most Popular App In The World In January 2021

Signal, on the other hand, did not make it into the Top 10 in December in all three categories. Telegram and Signal are examples of how users react to WhatsApp’s attempts to implement a new privacy policy.


WhatsApp updated its privacy policy on January 6, 2021; and also announced that it is necessary to accept the new terms by February 8; under the threat of losing access to the service. However, after receiving numerous negative feedback from users and criticism from the industry; the WhatsApp team decided to postpone the deadline for adopting the rules by 3 months – until May 15.

Earlier, Telegram already announced that 100 million users joined the messenger in January. Pavel Durov called what is happening “The largest digital migration in the history of mankind.”

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