Since 2021 began, millions of people have jumped ship to Signal, the private messaging app, according to data from app analytics and marketing firm Sensor Tower. As a matter of fact, Signal just achieved a massive milestone: It surpassed 100 million installs worldwide.
Telegram apparently has privately owned servers so there is a risk later on that they go the way of WhatsApp, but signal is open source. I was mostly moved by this list from the App Store privacy labels pic.twitter.com/9OC7lvyZIE
— Ian Key (@ian_key) January 10, 2021
No wonder, as Sensor Tower’s data shows, the great migration to Signal is still going strong. Specifically, Sensor Tower notes:
- Signal now has over 102 million installs globally across the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
- 61.4 million downloads of Signal have happened in 2021 alone. That’s not bad for a year that is less than three months old. It’s also a 309% increase in overall Signal downloads in 2020.
- India has the largest number of new downloads of Signal in 2021, with an accumulated 23 million installs. To understand how significant that number is, prior to 2021, Signal only had 1.6 million lifetime installs in the country. That means the first three months of 2021 account for 93% of all Signal downloads ever in India. Talk about growth on steroids. This is also bad news for Facebook, as India is a country where WhatsApp has historically been the de facto messaging app of choice.
The privacy benefits of Signal cannot be understated. It even offers more privacy than Apple’s privacy-focused Messages app (again, refer to the chart above). So do yourself a favor and check out Signal today.