Telegram beats Signal and WhatsApp. It is the most installed app in January 2021

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Sensor Tower, a marketing and market analysis agency focused on the most popular content stores for Android and iOS smartphones, the Google Play Store and App Store, now points to Telegram as a clear winner over Signal and WhatsApp.

In January 2021 this was the most downloaded application worldwide – not counting the games. The report was published last Thursday (4), showing global downloads, as well as rankings in the Play Store and App Store.

Telegram reigned in January over Signal and WhatsApp

According to its market study, in January 2021 Telegram was discharged more than 63 million times. Led the download table in the Google Play Store for Android devices, but ranking fourth in the App Store for iOS.

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Ranking of the most downloaded applications, excluding games. Credit: SensorTower.

The data shows us that the WhatsApp exodus dragged millions of users to Telegram. The report is clear in pointing this alternative as a favorite platform for instant communications over the Internet during the past month.

Also according to the source, it was in India that the application of Russian origin had the greatest growth, with more than 24% of downloads in that month. Then Indonesia accounted for 10% of all new installations of the application.

Looking at the global ranking, we see Signal in third place and WhatsApp sent to fifth place. It is one of the biggest falls on this platform in recent years, with users dissatisfied with the changes to the privacy policy.

The number of downloads pointed by SensorTower for the global ranking aggregates the installations from the App Store and Play Store.

TikTok and Signal complete the Top 3

The social network focused on entertainment ranked second in the global ranking, and first in the ranking of the App Store. In the Google Play Store, it would be in third place with a total of 62 million downloads in the period under review.

Signal, the instant messaging and communications platform that is more focused on privacy, has also seen strong growth and demand. It was, in fact, the second application with the most downloads on the Google Play Store, ranking third in the global ranking.

In the App Store, for iOS devices, Signal was in tenth place, being preceded even by WeChat.

Telegram has tools to facilitate the WhatsApp transition

WhatsApp suffered a setback in the popularity and general trust of users after Facebook announced the change to the privacy policy. It was one of the worst communication fiascos in recent years, resulting in the ranking we now see.

The decision was poorly received by users and ignited by social networks and several sensational publications. However, WhatsApp has already announced that it will postpone the application of the new terms until May 15, trying to regain confidence there.

That said, major rivals such as Telegram and Signal took the opportunity to exploit the breach of confidence in the dominant platform. Both platforms have capitalized on the bastion of privacy and security of user data.

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Telegram is available for Android, iOS and for computers, free to use. It can be installed from the website, or from the Google Play Store and App Store.

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