While Telegram had managed a decent presence in the Indian market, according to Sensor tower data, Signal started getting more downloads than WhatsApp and Telegram in the country between January 6 and January 10, thanks to a tweet endorsement by Tesla founder Elon Musk on January 7.
Signal was downloaded around 15.5 million times during the period in which India contributed the highest with 9 million installs. During the same period, Telegram and WhatsApp were at the second and third spot with 9.3 million and 7.4 million installs, globally.
The Musk effect rocketed Signal’s downloads and helped it maintain its lead over its two competitors between January 6 to January 29 but the US-based messaging platform recorded a steep fall in the number of downloads in the last 4-5 days. According to Sensor Tower data, Telegram got a lead over WhatsApp and Signal between January 25 and January 29 with 7.8 million app installs.
With WhatsApp’s daily downloads now back to normal with 7.4 million downloads, Signal recorded only 3 million downloads during the period.
India was the largest contributor for all three apps in terms of the number of downloads.
In terms of total downloads between January 6 and January 29, Signal registered 60 million downloads followed by Telegram and WhatsApp with 43 million and 32 million installs respectively.