WhatsApp is a freeware and cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones. It uses the Internet to make voice calls, one to one video calls; send text messages, images, GIF, videos, documents, user location, audio files, phone contacts and voice notes to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. All data are end-to-end encrypted. Whatsapp also incorporates a feature called Status, which allows users to upload photos and videos to a 24-hours-lifetime feed that, by default, are visible to all contacts.

Parent Company
Mountain View, US
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Mountain View, US

Key People at WhatsApp

Jan Koum

Jan Koum

Co-Founder & CEO
Brian Acton

Brian Acton

Matt Idema

Matt Idema

Chief Operating Officer

WhatsApp Office Locations

WhatsApp has an office in Mountain View
Mountain View, US (HQ)
650 Castro Street, Suite 120-219

WhatsApp Data and Metrics

WhatsApp Summary

Founding Date


Total Funding

$60.3 m


In total, WhatsApp had raised $60.3 m. WhatsApp is a subsidiary of Facebook

WhatsApp Operating Metrics

Feb, 2014Nov, 2016Feb, 2017Jul, 2017

Monthly Active Users

450 m1.2 b1.3 b

Daily Active Users

350 m1 b

Users (India)

160 m200 m

Photos Shared Daily

3.3 b4.5 b

Messages Sent per Day

60 b55 b

WhatsApp Median Salaries

Source: 53 public H-1B filings from WhatsApp

Traffic Overview of WhatsApp

WhatsApp Online and Social Media Presence

WhatsApp News and Updates

Fake WhatsApp.com URL gets users to install adware

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Opera adds WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger right into the browser

Opera wants to make your browser social. Earlier this year, Opera launched a new experimental browser called Neon, which imagined a complete redesign of Opera. Now, the company is adding some of Neon's features into their main browser in a redesign codenamed "Reborn." Reborn was built with the i…

Opera bakes Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram chat right into your browser

Opera’s latest update for its desktop browser makes its easier to stay on top of conversations from various messaging apps, by baking their services right into the app. Fire up Opera and you’ll now be able to access Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram right from the browser’s sidebar. You ca…

Opera’s desktop browser now features quick access to Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram

 Opera has been working on a complete redesign of its desktop browser for a few months. Codenamed “Reborn”, the browser is now available as a stable release. All Opera users are going to receive the update automatically in the coming days. The most visible new feature is quick access to messaging ap…

WhatsApp is totally dominating video calling, too

WhatsApp users are spending a lot of time on video calls. Together, the app's 1.2 billion users are spending more than 340 million minutes a day making more than 55 million video calls, WhatsApp announced. SEE ALSO: Soon you'll be able to make payments using WhatsApp in India To mark the milesto…

WhatsApp quietly added encryption to iCloud backups

 WhatsApp has quietly beefed up the security of an iCloud backup feature for users of its messaging service — potentially closing a loophole that could enable otherwise end-to-end encrypted messages to become accessible in a readable form. Read More
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