Whatsapp, the popular instant messaging app from Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the company, said on Thursday's quarterly earnings call that there are currently around 100 billion messages transmitted daily.
In some ways, users exchanged 100 billion messages on WhatsApp last New Year's Eve. This is the day WhatsApp tops its engagement numbers, and as many of you may remember, also the time when the service has typically suffered disruptions for the past few years. (No failure on the last New Year's Eve!)
At this point, WhatsApp is only competing with itself. Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp were used together in early 2016 to exchange 60 billion messages a day. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in May that iMessage and FaceTime had record uses but didn't share specific numbers. The last time Apple shared this number, it was way behind the WhatsApp (podcast) usage at the time. WeChat, which has also amassed over 1 billion users, has also lagged behind in daily messaging volume.
At the beginning of 2014, around 50 billion texts were exchanged daily with WhatsApp, announced the then managing director Jan Koum at an event.
At the time, WhatsApp had fewer than 500 million users. WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users and in at least India, the largest market for users, WhatsApp surpasses any other smartphone app in popularity, including the big blue app.
"This year, more than ever, we've relied on news to keep up with loved ones and to do business," tweeted Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp.
Unfortunately, this is the entire update the company released on WhatsApp today. The mystery continues when WhatsApp expects to resume its payments service in Brazil and when it plans to start its payments in India, where it began testing the service in 2018. (It has already shared grand plans for financial services in India, however.)
“We are proud of that WhatsApp is capable of delivering around 100 billion messages a day and we look forward to the road ahead, ”said Cathcart.