WhatsApp: 20 Interesting Facts You Might Not Have Known

Imagine a world without WhatsApp. It’s a fact that it would be hard to do that in our technology-driven society. If you own a smartphone, you’ve probably used WhatsApp to send someone a message, voice note, audio clip, animated GIF or video clip.



There’s probably a lot that you don’t know about this popular Instant Messaging service, so I thought that I would undertake the task of informing you about it.

Here are 20 facts that you might not have known about WhatsApp:

1. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum (former employees of Yahoo!).

2. The company did not spend a penny on marketing and user acquisition. They invested it in development instead.

3. The instant messaging service had 250,000 active users by June 2009. By December 2013 that number had gone up to 400 million.

4. The company turned down a $10 billion offer from Google, but they eventually accepted a $19 billion offer from Facebook in February 2014.

5. 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.

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6. According to 99firms, WhatsApp currently has 1.5 billion active users in 180 countries.

7. India has the biggest WhatsApp market in the world. The country has more than 200 million users that actively make use of the instant messaging app. Brazil is in second place with +/- 120 million active users.

8. 65 Billion Messages are sent per day on the app. That’s about 29 million messages per minute.

9. Two billion minutes are spent making voice and video calls per day on the app.

10. 55 million video calls are made per day on the app. The calls last roughly 340 million minutes in total.

11. It’s the most widely used instant messaging app on the planet. It has 200 million more users than Facebook Messenger.

12. More than 1 million new users register to use the app daily.

13. The average user checks the app more than 23 times per day.

14. The USA only has roughly 23 million WhatsApp users. It’s expected to reach 25 million by 2021.

15. The company has 55 employees and 50 engineers. They still don’t employ any marketing or PR staff.

16. The app was originally developed for iOS. It eventually became available to Android users in 2010.

17. The Android version of the app supports 60 languages.

18. 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.

19. Users spend 195 minutes on average on WhatsApp weekly.

20. According to a January 2019 report, 9 out of 10 Internet users in South Africa are active on WhatsApp. South Africa has roughly 37 million internet users (so by my calculation that’s roughly 33.3 million South African WhatsApp users).

Well, there you have it, 20 facts that you might not have known about WhatsApp. I trust that you found this information useful. If you have, feel free to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Technology category on Running Wolf’s Rant.

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Henno Kruger

Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant

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