Telegram Becomes the Most Downloaded App


Telegram has become the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide in January 2021, with 24 percent of the total downloads coming from India, followed by Indonesia at 10 percent.

The messaging app was downloaded 63 million times (which means India saw around 15 million new Telegram users in January, going by the percentage given), 3.8 times its downloads in January 2020.

Ever since WhatsApp has announced its new privacy policy, users have found peace in other messaging apps including Telegram and Signal.

Telegram has attained the top position in the overall downloads (non-game) on Google Play Store moving from ninth position in the previous month, December 2020. The social messenger has also entered the list of top 10 most downloaded (non-game) apps on App Store, directly gaining the fourth position.


The privacy policy controversy surrounding WhatsApp likely pushed users to switch to Telegram in the month of January as WhatsApp slid from the third position in December 2020 to fifth in January 2021.

Instagram took the sixth position in the list of most downloaded non-gaming apps in January 2021, according to the report, followed by Zoom, MX Taka Tak, Snapchat, and Messenger.

About Telegram

Telegram is an online messaging app that works just like popular messaging apps WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. It is cloud-based and claims that it prioritizes security and speed, making it a good alternative to other popular messaging apps. The service launched in 2013, and since then it has reached 200 million active monthly users.

Telegram’s distinctive feature is security. It claims that all its activities including chats, groups, and media shared between participants, are encrypted. This means that they won’t be visible without being deciphered first.

The app also lets you set self-destruct timers on messages and media that you share which can range from two seconds to one week through its built-in feature ‘Secret Chat’. It also offers end-to-end encryption, leaving no trace on Telegram’s servers.


There’s also the ability to check the security of your ‘Secret Chats’ using an image that serves as an encryption key. By comparing your encryption key to a friend’s, you can effectively verify that your conversation is secure and less vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.

Telegram allows you to upload additional profile photos. While the latest photo is the profile picture your contacts will see, they can swipe to see the rest of your pictures.

You can also adjust the default look’s colors and background. If you like, you can even set up your own custom theme to make your Telegram look exactly the way you want it to look.

If you want to switch from WhatsApp to Telegram then you can Also Export chats from it.

Here’s How you can Move the Chat:

  • WhatsApp on iOS, open the Contact Info or Group Info page in WhatsApp, tap Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu.
  • On Android, open a WhatsApp chat, tap > More > Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu.


Harshit Bhasin
I’m a student currently doing B.A(hons) English from Dyal Singh College, Delhi University. I like to read and write and apart from it, I like watching movies, series, animated series (Animes) and playing games. I’m also a sportsperson and I like to perform outside activities regularly.

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