Global WhatsApp installs drop by more than 40%

People all over the world are looking beyond WhatsApp to communicate with friends and family, and while the installations of global applications competing for WhatsApp such as Signal and Telegram continue to increase, global installations of the WhatsApp mobile application decreased by 43% (compared to last year) for the period from January to April, according to a report released by Sensor Tower.

The report highlighted that fewer people are now installing WhatsApp on their mobile phones after the announcement of the new privacy policy, and the company said: “In the first four months of 2021, Telegram installations increased by 98% year-on-year to more than 161 million, While Signal saw an increase in downloads for the first time by 1,192% year-on-year to 64.6 million.

The report also highlighted that the trend of giving up WhatsApp to other chat platforms started even before the announcement of the new privacy policy, and installs for the first time saw a decline at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, it saw nearly 55.2 million installs. Globally, down 28% month-on-month from 76.5 million in March, according to the Sensor Tower report.

Perhaps the main concern is that the new privacy policy will allow WhatsApp to share some information about users with the parent company Facebook.

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