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Signal’s active users in Ukraine nearly tripled in past 3 weeks

Adoption of encrypted messaging apps Telegram and Signal reached new heights in Ukraine after Russia launched its invasion on February 24, with installs collectively climbing 197 percent when compared to earlier in the year.

In the period from February 24 to March 20, Telegram and Signal collectively saw 1.7 million installs from across Ukraine’s App Store and Google Play, up 197 percent from 573,000 in the immediately preceding January 30 to February 23 period prior to the invasion, reports Sensor Tower.

Comparing the same two periods, the apps also experienced growth among Russian devices at a more modest rate, with installs climbing 33 percent to 3.2 million from 2.4 million.

Although Telegram saw more installs in both Ukraine and Russia, Signal led in terms of growth.

In Ukraine, Signal’s downloads surged 1,075 percent to 787,000 between February 24 and March 20 from 67,000 in the prior period; in Russia, the app experienced 286 percent growth to 425,000 — up from 110,000.

Comparing the same two periods of time, Telegram’s installs climbed 89 percent in Ukraine while experiencing 17 percent growth in Russia.

Although Telegram saw more installs in both Ukraine and Russia, Signal led in terms of growth.

In Ukraine, Signal’s downloads surged 1,075 percent to 787,000 between February 24 and March 20 from 67,000 in the prior period.

In Russia, the app experienced 286 percent growth to 425,000 — up from 110,000.

Comparing the same two periods of time, Telegram’s installs climbed 89 percent in Ukraine while experiencing a 17 percent growth in Russia.

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