Telegram Statistics In 2024 (Usage By Country & Financials)

When people worried about WhatsApp’s privacy, they switched to Telegram for its strong privacy features. Though many later returned to WhatsApp for everyday messaging, Telegram is still popular for other things, like sharing files, joining communities, and following channels.

As of today, Telegram has more than 800 million monthly active users and thousands of channels.

In this post, we will explore Telegram’s growth in terms of its users and revenue. By the end of this post, you will have a better understanding of how people around the world use Telegram.

Telegram Statistics 2024 (Top Picks)

  • Telegram has 800 million monthly active users, and It’s projected to have 1 billion users by the end of 2024.
  • 55.2 million people use Telegram daily.
  • With an estimated user base of 104 million, India has the most Telegram users.
  • Over 15 billion messages are sent over telegram every day.
  • Telegram has been downloaded over 1 billion times to date.
  • An average telegram user spends around 2.9 hours on the application every month.
  • Telegram is valued at around $30 billion.
  • Telegram raised funding of $210 million through bond sales recently.

How Many People Use Telegram Every Month?

  1. As per the latest data, Telegram has 800 million monthly active users.

That is a 46% rise since the beginning of 2021. Telegram added over 300 million users in the past two and a half years and continues to get 2.5 million new signups every day.

Number Of Active Telegram Users Over The Years

At this rate, Telegram is expected to reach a user count of 1 billion in 2024.

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

YearActive Telegram Users
2023800 million
2022700 million
2021500 million
2020400 million
2019300 million
2018200 million
2017150 million
201680 million
201550 million
201435 million
  1. In January 2021, 25 million new users joined Telegram in just 72 hours. This works out to around 8.33 million new signups every day.
  1. In fact, since its inception in 2013, Telegram’s user base has grown at a pace of more than 40% every year.

Sources: (Telegram, Statista, TechCrunch)

How Many People Use Telegram Every Day?

  1. According to the most recent data, Telegram has 196 million daily active users (DAUs). Since November 2020, this number has risen by more than 40%.
Telegram has 196 million daily active users.png
  1.  Telegram had an estimated 15 million DAUs as of March 2014.
  1. During the Facebook and Instagram downtime on October 4th, 2021, Telegram reported a surge of 70 million users in a single day.

Source: (Telegram, Apptopia, and Techcrunch)

Telegram Users By Country

  1. With 104.04 million downloads, India is the country with the most Telegram users.

India often leads the way in app downloads and users in most social media apps due to its sheer population and smartphone users.

Here is a table showing the countries with the most Telegram users:

CountryNo. Of Telegram Downloads
India104.04 million
Russia34.4 million
Indonesia27.21 million
United States26.85 million
Brazil21.94 million
Egypt14.85 million
Vietnam11.84 million
Mexico11.61 million
Ukraine10.76 million
Turkey9.79 million
Philippines9.57 million
Nigeria8.47 million
Kazakhstan7.58 million

Note: These figures are based on estimates from research firms, application download data, and Telegram channel subscriber counts. Telegram doesn’t officially give out user data by country.

How Much Time Do Users Spend On Telegram?

  1. An average Telegram user spends around 2.9 hours on the app every month.
An average Telegram user spends around 2.9 hours on the app every month

Russian users spend around 5.1 hours every month on the platform, which is the most by any country! Users in Singapore are in second place with an average of 4.7 hours.

Here is a table showing the Countries that spend the most time on Telegram:

CountryAverage Time Spent on Telegram
Russia5.1 hours
Singapore4.7 hours
Germany3 hours
India2.2 hours
Global average2.9 hours
  1. Telegram’s average usage time is marginally more than the 2.7 hours/month spent on Meta’s Facebook Messenger.

What Do Telegram’s Demographics Look Like?

  1. Over 31% of Telegram users are between the ages of 25 to 34.

Users between the ages of 18 to 24 make up 22% of Telegram’s user base.

Here is a table showing the distribution of Telegram users by age:

Age GroupShare of Telegram Users
Up to 177.7%
18 to 2421.9%
25 to 3430.6%
35 to 4421.3%
45 to 6418.5%
  1. Telegram has 58.6% male and 41.4% female users.
Telegram has 58.6% male and 41.4% female users as of 2023
  1. 38% of Telegram’s users are based in Asia, 27% in Europe, 21% from Latin America, and 8% from the Middle East and North Africa.
  1. Back in January 2021, Telegram was the most downloaded application all over the world. India had the most installations, with 24%, followed by Indonesia, with 10%.
  1. In the year 2020, Telegram was the top downloaded social media app across 20 countries.
  1. Telegram was used by only 1.4% of American users back in 2018.
  1. Telegram is used by 29.4% of Brazilians.
  1. Telegram presently has 18 million users in Uzbekistan.
  1. In Hong Kong, lifetime installations have risen to over 1.8 million.

How Many Downloads Does Telegram Have?

  1. Telegram has been downloaded over 1 billion times to date.

Telegram passed the one billion mark in 2021. The app recorded 384 million downloads in that year alone.

The app had 464.16 downloads in 2023.

Number Of Telegram Downloads Over The Years

Here is a table showing the number of telegram downloads over the years:

YearNo. Of Telegram Downloads
2023464.16 million
2022378.48 million
2021384.49 million
2020326.32 million
2019141.5 million

North and South America Specific Statistics

  1. The telegram penetration rate in the United States reached 3% in 2020. improvement from 2019, when the rate was just 1.85%. (Statista)
  1. 10 Million People from the United States of America access telegram on a monthly basis. (Statista)
10 Million People from the United States of America access telegram on a monthly basis
  1. 23% of Brazilians use Telegram on a daily basis. (Mobile Time)
  1. Only 3% of Brazilian respondents indicated they had never used Telegram. (Mobile Time)
  1. 5% of Canadians use Telegram on a regular basis. (Statista)

Europe Specific Telegram Statistics

  1. 8% of Netherlands people use Telegram. In contrast, only 3% of UK Citizens use Telegram.
  1. With 10.76 million downloads, Ukraine has the most number of Telegram downloads in Europe as of August 2022. (Statista)
  1. In Italy, Telegram has a 32% penetration rate. (Statista)
  1. 25% of the Spanish population uses Telegram on a regular basis. (Statista)
25% of the Spanish population uses Telegram on a regular basis
  1. Telegram is used by 32% of Spanish millennials. (Elogia)
  1. In Austria, 11% of the population uses Telegram. (Statista)
  1. Telegram is used by 6% of Nordic Finland users. (Statista)

Asia Pacific Specific Telegram Statistics

  1. Telegram has 31.62 million Monthly Active Users in Russia. (VimpelCom)
Telegram has 31.62 million Monthly Active Users in Russia
  1. Telegram is used by 3.9% of South Koreans on a regular basis. (Ministry of Science and Information Technology)
  1. 40% of Telegram users from Moscow were between the ages of 25 and 34. (VimpelCom)
  1. Telegram has a 4% penetration rate in Australia (Statista)
  1. In Singapore, Telegram has a penetration rate of 30.1 percent. (DataReportal)
  1. Telegram has a 22% penetration rate in the Philippines. (DataReportal)
  1. 9% of Taiwanese use Telegram. (DataReportal)
  1. 13.8% of people in Hong Kong use Telegram (We Are Social)
  1. Telegram is used by 28.5% of Indonesians. (DataReportal)
  1. telegram application has been downloaded over 71.28 million times in India.

Africa Specific Telegram Statistics

  1. 56.3% of Nigerians use Telegram (DataReportal)
56.3% of Nigerians use Telegram
  1. 19.7% of South Africans use Telegram (DataReportal)
  1. 40.8% Ghanaians use Telegram (DataReportal)

Telegram Availability Over The World

Telegram is available across platforms like Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, and Web platforms.

  1. Telegram is available in 155 countries.
Telegram is available in 155 countries as of 2023
  1. Telegram is accessible to Google Play Store users in all 155 Nations.
  1. Telegram is available in 52 Nations on the Windows Store.

Source: (Appfigures)

Telegram Feature statistics

Telegram Feature Statistics
  1. Telegram has over 20,000 stickers.
  1. Telegram is available in 58 languages.
  1. Telegram spends 0$ on advertising.

Telegram Channel Statistics 

Telegram Introduced the channel feature in 2015, and it has boomed since.

  1. “Telegram Tips” is the most popular channel on Telegram, with 8.92 million subscribers.

Here is a table showing the most subscribed Telegram channels:

Telegram Channel UsernameSubscribers
@TelegramTips8.92 million
@telegram6.32 million
@ProxyMTProto6.11 million
@zz_s55.89 million
@ip_a64.93 million
Прямой эфир (Pryamoy Efir)4.64 million
@ahangify4.31 million
@Myporoxy4.18 million
@linkd3.77 million
Топор Live (Topor Live)3.71 million
@RKadyrov_953.3 million

Source: (Telegram Analytics)

Channel CategoryShare of respondents
News related 82%
Entertainment related 59%
Politically related 59%
Education-related  55%
News from own industry-related 43%
bloggers and celebrities related 27%
Personal channels of friends 27%
products and discounts related 16%
job offers related 15%
Internal channels of companies13%
Channels of brands companies11%
Darkweb related 8%

Source: (Statista)

Here is a table showing the most followed Political Leaders on Telegram:

LeadersNumber of Subscribers
Jair M. Bolsonaro (President of Brazil)1,000,000
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (President of Turkey)277,300
Shavkat Mirziyoyev (President of Uzbekistan)181,100
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (President of Mexico)136,000
Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister of Ethiopia)137,400
Volodymyr Zelensky (President of Ukraine)51,700
Lee Hsien Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore)19,600
  1. Telegram’s stats function is only available to channels with 1,000 or more users. (Medium)
  1. Knygy ukrainskoyu is Ukraine’s most popular book telegram channel. There were 400.66k engagements in all. (Ukrainian Book Institute)
  1. AndroHack is Russia’s most popular gaming and book-related channel. 817.1k people signed up for it.
  1. Prior to being deactivated, an organization using a Nazi flag as its symbol had 10,000 members. (TechCrunch)
  1. Telegram has removed 15 terrorist channels. ( NBC News)
  1. The Telegram statistics channel reveals that channel owners can add only the first 200 users.  (Telegram)
  1. According to the Telegram statistics bot, cryptocurrency-related channels have the most bots (1,001). (Telegram)
  1. Telegram’s most popular product category is Chinese goods, followed by digital equipment and consumer loans. The total e-commerce of Chinese items via the social networking site topped $12 million. (Statista)
Telegram’s most popular product category is Chinese goods
  1. Telegram is used to swap consumer loans. The sales in this category have a value of $3.1 million (Admitad)
  1. Food delivery has the lowest amount of sales, yet it still generates $57,000. (Admitad)
  1. 31% of Spanish internet users use Telegram for online shopping. (IAB Spain)
  1. The Telegram Payments 2.0 functionality accepts 84 different currencies. (Telegram)
  1. The minimum and maximum exchange amounts were $1 and $10,000, respectively. (Telegram)

Telegram Revenue Statistics

  1. In July 2023, in-app purchases generated over $2.96 million in income for Telegram.
Telegram’s IAP Revenue

Below is a table showing Telegram’s IAP revenue from July 2022 to July 2023:

YearTelegram IAP Revevnue
(in 1,000 U.S. dollars)
Jul 20232,963.86
Jun 20232,515.94
May 20232,734.4
Apr 20232,646.93
Mar 20232,898.94
Feb 20233,575.03
Jan 20231,814.52
Dec 20221,580.68
Nov 20221,442.76
Oct 20221,134.82
Sep 2022913.29
Aug 2022735.59
Jul 2022424.63
  1. Telegram’s own blockchain-based cryptocurrency, Gram, was shut down in 2020 after the firm failed to register an early $1.7 billion token sale. (The Verge)
  1. In 2018, Telegram received $1.7 billion to support its aim to commercialize the network. (TechCrunch)
  1. After a disagreement with the app’s cryptocurrency company, the US Securities and Exchange Commission fined Telegram $18.5 million. (MarketWatch)
  1. Telegram had to repay $1.2 billion to its investors as part of the civil penalty. (MarketWatch)
  1. Telegram would have had profits worth $4 billion if the Information technology department hadn’t phased out Gram (cryptocurrency).

Telegram Security statistics

  1. IP address, mobile number, contacts list, and user ID are the four things that Telegram gathers and relates back to users. (Business Insider)
  1. A deep fake bot targeted 680,000+ females, many of whom were under the age of 18. (Business Insider)
  1. Around 70% of the deep fake bot users were located in or near Russia. (Business Insider)
  1. 3.77% of malware camouflaged as an internet communication solution was spread through Telegram. (Securelist)
  1. In Singapore, Telegram was used in 2.1% of eCommerce-related frauds as of 2020.
  1. Telegram is one of the safest apps declared by many organizations, and that is why many extremist groups use it

Telegram Web Statistics

Telegram Web is a web-based version of the Telegram messaging app. It allows you to access your Telegram chats and contacts from any web browser without having to install any software. Telegram Web is fully synchronized with your mobile app, so you can seamlessly switch between devices.

Here are some amazing statistics associated with Telegram Web:

  1. Telegram Web received 325.3 million visitors in December 2023.

Here is a table showing the history of Telegram’s website traffic over time:

December 2023325.3 million
November 2023301.7 million
October 2023335.8 million
September 2023324.8 million
August 2023267.1 million
July 2023259.2 million
  1. Telegram Web gets the majority of its traffic (27.30%) from Russia. Ukraine and India follow with 6.64% and 5.56 respectively.

Here is a table showing the list of countries that send the most traffic to Telegram Web:

CountryShare of Traffic
  1. YouTube is the social media that sends the most traffic to Telegram Web. Second on the list is WhatsApp.

Here is a table showing the top social media sending the most traffic to Telegram Web:

Social Media PlatformShare of Traffic

Who Is The Owner Of Telegram

  1. The owner of Telegram is Pavel Durov. He is a Russian-born French-Emirati entrepreneur who is also known for founding the social networking site VK.

Durov founded Telegram in 2013 with his brother Nikolai Durov. The app was designed to be a secure and private messaging platform that would not be subject to government censorship. Telegram has since become one of the most popular messaging apps in the world.

Most Expensive Telegram Usernames Sold (To Date)

  1. “@news” is  the most expensive Telegram username sold on the auction platform Fragment in November 2022,

The username was sold for 994 thousand Toncoin, which is equivalent to around 2.415 million U.S. dollars.

Note: TON (Telegram Open Network) coin is a digital cryptocurrency that was originally developed for use within the Telegram messaging app. It was created by the team behind Telegram, led by Pavel Durov. TON was intended to be used as a means of payment for services and products within the Telegram ecosystem, but the project was eventually abandoned due to regulatory issues. However, TON coins are still traded on various cryptocurrency exchanges.

Here is a table showing the most expensive Telegram usernames sold to date:

@news$2.415 million
@auto$2.187 million
@bank$2.066 million
@avia$1.944 million
@chat$1.701 million
@king$1.640 milion
@fifa$1.458 million
@game$1.215 million
@sber$1.145 million

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