WhatsApp Reaches 2 Billion Users & 5 Billion Installs on Google Play Store

Recently, WhatsApp published a blog post titled “Two Billion Users — Connecting the World Privately,” where the Facebook-owned platform unveiled that it has finally hit the two billion user milestone.

The company didn’t go into detail on just how the figure was reached or what proportion each platform accounts for. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2016 for a hefty $21.8 billion. At that time, the instant messaging platform stood at 500 million users, however, the numbers have quadrupled in 4 years.

Even though in some regions of the world WhatsApp alternatives like Apple’s iMessage are preferred, the platform still manages to outdo many of the would-be challengers mainly because of its free and easy signup process.

In the celebratory blog post, the company also reiterated its plan of making the platform more secure. The blog post states:

WhatsApp started with the goal of creating a service that is simple, reliable, and private for people to use. Today we remain as committed as when we started to help connect the world privately and to protect the personal communication of two billion users all over the world.

In other news, WhatsApp also recently became the 2nd non-Google application on Play Store to reach 5 billion installs.