BeReal Revenue and Usage Statistics (2024)

David Curry

Updated: February 20, 2024

BeReal is the newest social app to make its mark, coming at a time when many were disillusioned with Instagram and its focus on algorithmic content. In 2022, it broke out in the US and UK with millions switching to the app, but has struggled to retain those users long term.

Built by ex-GoPro employee Alexis Barreyat and Kévin Perreau and launched in late 2019, the basic premise of the app is to take a photo with the back and front camera at a random time each day. 

The impromptu nature of the app can lead to what BeReal are marketing as “genuine” moments in life, which are then shared to friends. For a student on a gap year it can be a tool to show the amazing time they’re having in Bali, for someone working a 9-to-5 in the office expect a lot of boring pictures of their desk. 

BeReal saw its first signs of growth in 2021, when it reached over 500,000 active users. At the time, the majority of this usage came from France, which is where the developers are based. 

In 2022, BeReal stepped up the marketing drive in the US and UK, specifically targeting college students with cash for referrals and billboards on campus. It appears to have worked, with BeReal’s usage increasing by 315 percent in a year and its downloads increasing by over 1000 percent. 

BeReal may also have been helped by Instagram, which has alienated parts of its audience in the US and UK with its hard pivot to Reels. The algorithmic nature of Instagram, in which users are more likely to see random videos from content creators than photos of their friends, is in stark contrast to BeReal. 

Instagram has launched a BeReal-like filter, which takes photos from both cameras at the same time. That appears to be the extent of Instagram competing with BeReal, which has not made in the same inroads as TikTok did in 2020. 

For now, BeReal is focused on growth and has not mentioned ways it will create revenue. It received $30 million in funding from Accel and a16z in June 2021 and a further $60 million in October 2022, valuing the company at $600 million, which suggests it has some monetization ideas. 

We have collected data and statistics on BeReal. Read on below to find out more.

BeReal Key Statistics

  • BeReal had 23 million active users in January 2024
  • BeReal has been downloaded 100 million times since launch, with the vast majority of those downloads happening in 2022
  • The app is most popular in the United States, followed by the United Kingdom and Germany

BeReal Overview

Title1Title 2
Launch dateDecember 2019
HQParis, France
PeopleAlexis Barreyat (CEO, co-founder) Kévin Perreau (co-founder
Business typePrivate
IndustrySocial

BeReal Users

BeReal active users increased rapidly in 2022 from 920,000 at the start of the year to 73.5 million in August. This has since declined to 2023.

BeReal active users 2021 to 2024 (mm)

YearMAUs (mm)
2021
July 2022
August 2022
February 2023
March 2023
August 2023
January 2024

Note: 2023 data estimated, based on DAUs and downloads. Source: Apptopia

BeReal Downloads

BeReal has been downloaded 100 million times, with the vast majority of downloads happening in 2022.

BeReal cumulative downloads 2020 to 2023 (mm)

DateDownloads (mm)
20200.02
20211.8
202283
April 2023100

Sources: AppMagic, Appfigures

BeReal Downloads by Country

Almost half of all downloads of BeReal have come from the United States. The United Kingdom is second, with 10.3 million downloads.

BeReal downloads by country March 2023 (mm)

CountryDownloads (mm)
United States33.3
United Kingdom10.3
Germany6.1
France5.9
Italy5.8
Spain4.6
Brazil3.6
Australia3.5

Sources: AppMagic

BeReal Cumulative Funding

BeReal received $30 million in funding from Accel and a16z in June 2021 and $60 million in a Series B in October 2022.

BeReal cumulative funding 2022 ($mm)

YearFunding ($mm)
202130
202290

Source: TechCrunch

BeReal Age Demographics

BeReal age demographics are split almost equally between 16 to 25 year olds and 25 to 44 year olds. Hardly anyone over the age of 45 uses the app.

BeReal US age demographics 2022 (%)

Age bracketPercentage of users
16-2543.2
26-4455.1
45+1.7

Source: Data.ai

BeReal Gender Demographics

Similar to TikTok in its early stages, BeReal is more popular with women in the US and worldwide.

BeReal US gender demographics 2022 (%)

GenderPercentage of users
Male42
Female58

Source: Data.ai

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