A mindboggling 100 billion messages were sent on WhatsApp on December 31, 2019, worldwide, a new record for the ten-year-old messaging app. Indians alone accounted for more than 20 billion of them. WhatsApp revealed than the number of messages sent on New Year’s around the world was the highest than any other day in WhatsApp’s history.
“WhatsApp can also confirm that, with over 100 billion messages sent, December 31, 2019, saw more messages sent than on any previous day in WhatsApp’s ten-year history. In India alone, WhatsApp users sent over 20 billion messages on December 31st,” WhatsApp said in a press statement.
Of the 100 billion messages sent, more than 12 billion were picture messages.
WhatsApp is among the largest messaging apps in the world with close to two billion users. Last year on New Year’s eve, WhatsApp saw 75 billion messages being shared, which included over 13 billion images and 5 billion videos. India is the largest market for WhatsApp and on New Year’s eve 2018 as well, Indians sent over 20 billion messages on the app.
In the past year, text messaging was the most popular feature on WhatsApp around the world, followed by status and picture messaging. Calling and voice notes were the fourth and the fifth most popular feature on WhatsApp globally in 2019, the company said.