Telegram Users Statistics, Data & Facts (2024)

Telegram as an online message app has gained popularity due to its commitment to privacy and innovative features. With over 900 million monthly active users and a projection to hit the 1 billion mark by the end of 2024, Telegram now plans to have an IPO.

Globally, 15 billion messages are exchanged daily over Telegram, reflecting its central role in digital communication. From user demographics to message traffic, we’ll provide you with the insights to understand Telegram’s impact in 2024.

Top Telegram Statistics ā€“ Editorā€™s PicksĀ 

  • Telegram has 900 million active users worldwide and aims to reach 1 billion by the end of 2024.
  • Telegram has been downloaded over 1.3 billion times to date.
  • Telegram is the 4th most popular messaging app in terms of user base.
  • The messaging app is available in 155 countries and 66 languages.
  • Telegram users have increased by 63.6% since 2021.

Brief Overview of TelegramĀ 

LaunchAugust 2013
FoundersNikolai Durov & Pavel Durov
MessagingSupports text, voice messages, multimedia files, and stickers.
Groups & ChannelsAllows creating groups (up to 200,000 members) and channels for broadcasting to large audiences.
SecurityEnd-to-end encryption for secret chats, self-destructing messages, and two-step verification.
Platform SupportiOS, Android, Windows, macOS

Detailed Telegram Statistics You Should Know

This section sheds light on Telegramā€™s usage and financial data in detail.

Number of Telegram Users

There are 900 million telegram users globally as of 2024. This makes Telegram the 8th most popular social media in terms of users. Telegram users have grown by 63% since 2021.

Here is a table showing the growth of Telegram users over the years:

YearTelegram Users
2024900 million
2023800 million
2022700 million
2021550 million
2020400 million
2019300 million
2018200 million
2017180 million
2016100 million
201560 million
201450 million

Source: Financial Times, Telegram.

Telegram users by country

  • 9.87% of the world population uses Telegram with India being home to the highest number of users, at 104.04 million.

Indian users make up 6.66% of all Telegram users.

Here is a table showing Telegram users by country as of 2024:

CountryTelegram Users
India104.04 million
Russia34.40 million
Indonesia27.21 million
United States26.85 million
Brazil21.94 million
Egypt14.85 million
  • Telegram gets an average of 49.41 million unique visitors every month.
  • Telegram has 900 million monthly active users.
  • Telegram has an average of 318.5 million monthly visits worldwide.
CountryAverage Time Spent Per Visit (Jan – Mar 2024)
Russia00:15:54
India00:09:39
Ukraine00:17:57
Brazil00:13:02
Italy00:10:20
  • Telegram has had 955.6 million visitors between January 2024 and March 2024.
  • Telegram gets 85.78% of its web traffic from the desktop and 14.22% from mobile phones.
  • Telegram claims the 4th spot among the worldā€™s most popular messaging apps in 2024.

Top mobile messenger apps

  • Telegram is the 13th most popular social media in terms of user base.
  • Telegram has the highest traffic in Russia at 25.91%, followed by India.
CountryTraffic Share
Russia25.91
India7.21
Ukraine5.58
Brazil3.87
Italy3.62

(Sources: World Population Review, SimilarWeb, DataReportal, Statista)

Telegramā€™s User Demographics

  • As of 2024, Telegram has 58.09% male users and 41.91% female users.Gender Distribution
  • Telegram’s users are predominantly from Asia (38%), followed by Europe (27%), Latin America (21%), and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region (8%).
  • Among Telegram users, 31% fall within the 25 to 34 age bracket, while 22.5% are 18 to 24.

Users Age Distribution(Sources: similarweb, World Population Review)

Telegram Downloads Over The Years

YearNo. Of Telegram Downloads
2023409.5 million
2022367.23 million
2021382.92 million
2020326.31 million
2019141.5 million

(Source: Statista)

Telegramā€™s Revenue StatisticsĀ 

  • In 2018, Telegram secured $1.7 billion in funding to support its strategy for monetizing the platform, which included plans for premium features, an ad platform, and the potential introduction of premium stickers to support artists and small businesses.
  • Unfortunately, Telegramā€™s cryptocurrency, Gram, faced regulatory challenges, leading to its closure in 2020 due to the companyā€™s failure to register the early sale of $1.7 billion in tokens.
  • Before becoming public, the value of Gram may have appreciated by up to 200%.
  • Notably, South Koreaā€™s Gram Asia had plans to sell the cryptocurrency at $4 per Gram, potentially bringing Telegram profits of nearly $4 billion.
  • Telegramā€™s founder held a net worth of $17.2 billion as of 2021.

Telegramā€™s founder held a net worth of $17.2 billion as of 2021

Which Is The Most Popular Channel On Telegram?Ā 

ā€˜Telegram Tipsā€™ is believed to be the most popular channel on the platform. Telegram channels are a feature within the Telegram messaging app that allows users to subscribe to and receive broadcast messages from a channel administrator or creator. They serve as a one-to-many communication platform, enabling the dissemination of information, updates, or content to a large audience.

Top 5 Most Popular Channels On TelegramĀ 

Channel NamesĀ Number of Followers (in Millions)
Telegram Tips7.5
Telegram News6.1
Bollywood HD Movies Latest4.1
Proxy MTProto3.3
Crypto Trading Bitcoin2.9

(Sources: Avada, Thrive My Way)

Most Popular Channel Categories On TelegramĀ 

Channel CategoryShare of respondents
News related85%
Entertainment62%
Educational58%
Political channels50%
News from own industry48%
Personal channels of friends45%

(Source: Statista)

Other Interesting Facts About Telegram

  1. Telegram users generate 1 trillion views in channels every month.
  2. Telegram will reward owners of public channels with at least 1000 subscribers with 50% of the revenue from ads displayed in their channels.
  3. Telegram has added over 15 new features in 2024, including recommended channels, a way to view your profile and display your channel and birthday on your page, and improved moderation tools for group admins.
  4. Telegramā€™s early 2024 update allows users to pin up to 3 stories to the top of their profile.
  5. Telegram users can create stickers and entire sticker sets using a powerful in-app editor.
  6. If you don’t use your Telegram account for a certain period, it can be set to automatically delete itself. This period can be adjusted from one month to one year.
  7. Telegram was the world’s most installed app in January 2021.
  8. Telegram allows users to have more than one account on the same device. You can easily switch between them without logging out.
  9. Users can now convert their Telegram accounts into business accounts, gaining access to features like opening hours, location, quick replies, and automated messages.
  10. You can schedule messages on Telegram. To schedule a message in Telegram, type your message, tap and hold the Send button, choose “Schedule Message” from the pop-up menu, pick the date and time, and then tap the Send button.
  11. The Saved Messages 2.0 update includes one-time voice and video messages that are deleted after being played.
  12. Telegram channel owners can launch giveaways to distribute prizes among their followers.
  13. Telegram now features a download manager that allows users to manage all their downloads in one convenient place.
  14. Users can import their chat history from other messaging apps into Telegram, making it easier to switch platforms without losing conversations.
  15. At least 85% of Telegramā€™s user base has Android devices.

(Source: Telegram, Business Insider, Atlas Obscura, Techpp, WebsiteBuilder)

Conclusion

Telegram insights prove that itā€™s a global communication powerhouse. Telegram will likely continue its growth with the launch of the Telegram Ad Platform in 2024 for all advertisers in nearly 100 countries.

Telegram remains steadfast in its commitment to privacy, even as it rolls out innovative features like group communication capabilities and blockchain-based initiatives. As we look forward, Telegram is poised to continue breaking new ground and shaping the future of communication.

Shaoni Saha

Shaoni is a whimsical wordsmith, who writes with her imagination and creativity. She enjoys exploring and learning new things and cuddling with her cats.

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