Facebook Messenger is one of the world’s oldest and most popular messaging apps. But how many people use it? And how many messages do they send to each other every day? Let’s find out.
According to the Digital 2021 Global Overview Report, Facebook Messenger has 1.3 billion users worldwide, making it the fourth most-used social media platform in the world (when the report was published). The most-used platform is Facebook at 2.740 billion, followed by YouTube at 2.291 billion and WhatApp at exactly 2 billion. The number of Facebook Messenger users was expected to rise to 138.1 million in the U.S. in 2022, according to Statista.
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Facebook Messenger has 1.3 billion active monthly users, according to official numbers. Critically, this figure only counts individual users, not active accounts. (Each user might have more than one account they use).
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Facebook users send over 100 billion messages via the service every day. That translates to approximately 36 trillion messages a year. However, this figure includes all messages sent across Facebook family platforms, including Facebook proper and WhatsApp. According to the brand, Facebook Messenger accounts for 50 percent of the total message volume, or around 50 billion daily messages. That’s seven messages for every person on Earth.
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Facebook Messenger has 184 million users in the U.S. Most are in the 25 to 34 age group. Here’s the full breakdown:
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The breakdown is slightly different worldwide, but the general pattern remains the same. Facebook Messenger is most popular among users aged 25 to 34. Here’s the full global breakdown:
In total, 53.8 million users aged 13 – 17 use Facebook Messenger. This figure rises to 231.3 million for those aged 18 to 24 and 324.5 million for those 35 to 24. Only 38.1 million people over 65 are a part of Facebook Messenger’s total ad audience.
Globally, 44.5 percent of Facebook Messenger users are female. 55.5 percent are male. Facebook Messenger only reports gender data for males and females globally. It does not register other categories.
Interestingly, gender splits are not consistent across age groups. For instance, 2.0 percent of Facebook Messenger users over 65 are women, whereas the figure is 1.8 percent for men. By contrast, 13.3 percent of Facebook Messenger users are women between 25 and 34, while 18.9 percent are men in the same category.
Facebook Messenger is the second-most popular messenger app worldwide, after WhatsApp, which is also part of the Facebook family. Despite Messenger’s longevity and success, WhatsApp remains the platform of choice for users globally (though millions of people use both).
Facebook Messenger plays host to more than 7 billion individual conversations per day. That equates to more than 2.5 trillion globally per year, or approximately five conversations per user, per day.
Facebook Messenger users make more than 150 million video calls in the app every day. That makes Messenger the most popular video messaging platform in the world.
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Facebook Messenger users send over 200 million videos to each other every day to communicate with family and friends. It’s something Facebook actively encourages, having launched its Watch Together feature, which lets users watch synchronized videos with each other at the same time.
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More than 85 percent of brands use Facebook Messenger regularly to communicate with customers and clients, particularly in the U.S. and Canada. Facebook Messenger was also the most popular business messaging platform.
Facebook Messenger is a top-rated messaging platform, second only to WhatsApp. It has 1.3 billion active monthly users, most of whom are in the 18 to 44 age range.