46 Amazing Facts About WhatsApp That Will Blow Your Mind

Facts About WhatsApp

Amazing Facts About WhatsApp That Will Blow Your Mind

  • Out of the 1.5 billion, 450 million people use the Status feature that was launched in 2017.
  • WhatsApp only had 55 employees and most of them must be millionaires and the two founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum must be billionaires. (Though it was sold to Facebook later) After that, the number has risen to 120.
  • Projections show that there will be around 3 billion users of WhatsApp in 2024, representing 251 million more users from 2023, or a rise of 9%.
  • The app was originally developed for iOS. It eventually became available to Android users in 2010.
  • The company did not spend a penny on marketing and user acquisition. They invested it in development instead.
  • It’s the most widely used instant messaging app on the planet. It has 200 million more users than Facebook Messenger.
  • WhatsApp is worth more than some of the world’s largest companies like American Airlines which is worth over 15 billion dollars and Harley Davidson which is worth 6 billion dollars.
  • 55 million video calls are made per day on the app. The calls last roughly 340 million minutes in total.
  • WhatsApp is incredibly efficient. It serves over 2 billion users with a relatively small number of servers. In the past, it was reported that WhatsApp had around 55 engineers and only 32 servers.
  • It was initially only made for IOS users.
  • WhatsApp is valued more than the GDP of countries like Jamaica, Iceland, and North Korea.
  • Two billion minutes are spent making voice and video calls per day on the app.
  • The Android version of the app supports 60 languages.
  • According to 2022 statistics, WhatsApp is the most popular social media platform in South Africa, with 93% of internet users using the app. In 2021, WhatsApp’s user base in South Africa was 9.1 million, and by 2022 it had grown to 9.9 million. By 2025, Statista predicts that WhatsApp’s reach in South Africa will reach nearly 11.5 million users.
  • WhatsApp processes about 100 billion messages every day. It's one of the most widely used messaging platforms in the world.
  • WhatsApp set a record for processing 27 billion messages in a single day on June 17, 2020.
  • According to 99firms, WhatsApp currently has 1.5 billion active users in 180 countries.
  • It’s the most commonly used application on the world for text messaging. It has an extra billions of users than Facebook Messenger.
  • One of the most shocking WhatsApp facts is that the company was worth more than NASA’s entire Annual budget of around 17 billion dollars a few years ago.
  • The organization rejected a $10 billion Google bid, but in February 2014, they finally accepted a $19 billion Facebook offer.
  • WhatsApp Business was launched in 2018 has received 352 million downloads so far. WhatsApp Business reached over 200 million downloads in 2021. According to projections, WhatsApp downloads will reach 476.82 million by 2025.
  • The company has 55 employees and 50 engineers. They still don’t employ any marketing or PR staff.
  • WhatsApp is worth more than NASA, Harley Davidson, or American Airlines. NASA is valued at $17 billion, Harley Davidson Motorcycles at $14.1 billion, and American Airlines has a market value of $12.3 billion.
  • Two billion minutes are consumed mostly on app every day 
  • The average user checks the app more than 23 times per day.
  • Users spend 195 minutes on average on WhatsApp weekly.
  • On the smartphone, 55 million video calls are made each day. The conversations last a maximum of about 340 million minutes.
  • WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, applied for a job at Facebook in 2009 but got rejected. He then went on to create WhatsApp, which was later acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014.
  • Jan Koum, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, had a difficult upbringing in Ukraine and once lived on food stamps. His experience with poverty inspired him to create a communication platform that could be used by anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • WhatsApp has a no-advertising policy. This means that, unlike many other social media platforms, you won't see ads while using the app.
  • A WhatsApp group size can be 1024 people, up from the previous limit of 512.
  • WhatsApp seems to be very generous to its users because it also avoids advertising.  But still, because of the billions of downloads every day on Android phones alone, WhatsApp receives $2 billion and more by end of each year.
  • 65 Billion Messages are sent per day on the app. That’s about 29 million messages per minute.
  • According to January 2024 statistics, there are 98 million WhatsApp users in the United States. Around 23% of adults use the application, or roughly one in every four adults. WhatsApp is currently the fourth most downloaded mobile app in the US.
  • Did you know that WhatsApp can also compress images? Many of you might already know this. As it sends images and videos, it compresses them to save the users both space and data. That said, you can still send pictures without losing quality on WhatsApp.
  • The name "WhatsApp" is a pun on the phrase "What's up?" It reflects the app's purpose of helping people stay in touch and have conversations.
  • WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum (former employees of Yahoo!).
  • WhatsApp doesn’t stores users data. Their server only keeps the messages that are undelivered, once the message is sent to a user it is erased from the server.
  • On June 2009, the instant messaging platform had 250,000 users worldwide. By December 2013, the figure had increased to 400 million.
  • On marketing and user acquisition, the company did not invest a dollar. They invested instead for advancement.
  • As of June 2021, India had the most WhatsApp users in the world, with 487.5 million monthly active users. That’s about one third of India’s population. This is more than the combined user base of the next two countries, Brazil and Indonesia.
  • The company turned down a $10 billion offer from Google, but they eventually accepted a $19 billion offer from Facebook in February 2014.
  • The messaging service is currently banned in 12 countries. Yes folks, you can’t use it in North Korea, Cuba, China, Iran, Syria, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates and 5 other countries.
  • WhatsApp messages are protected by end-to-end encryption. This means that only the sender and recipient can read the messages, making it a secure platform for communication.
  • Mobile Messaging App co-founder Jan Koum moved to the US from Ukraine at the age of 16. At one time his family survived on food stamps.
  • The instant messaging service had 250,000 active users by June 2009. By December 2013 that number had gone up to 400 million.

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