The tech-savvy Iranians are heavy users of social media platforms. Even with the large number of international apps out there, apps made by local developers are still able to compete in this market. Here are 4 Iranian social apps playing a role in the local market.

Social media platforms have had a great impact on the Iranian society in the recent years. Instagram, one of the most popular social media platforms in Iran has over 11 million active installs only from one of the Iranian android marketplaces. Despite the restrictions on Facebook in Iran, there are over 4 to 4.5 million active users on the website, according to the officials. Telegram, the cloud-based instant messaging service has also become more than a communication app for Iranian users. The app has attracted over 20 million users in the country, making it one of the main sources for Iranians to share the news, pass around the videos and gossips thanks to the numerous groups, bots and channels on the app.

But it seems that with all the quality apps out there, there’s still room for Iranian social apps to compete with their international rivals in this market. The following are some of the popular Iranian social apps trying to take some part of this market in Iran.



Nazdika (translated into Farsi as surroundings) lets you share your moments and interests with others. The app lets the users explore their surroundings and see what others are sharing on the app. You can write a post, upload a picture and submit your thoughts on related channels, see the posts from other users near your geographical place and chat with your friends privately. Nazdika has over 50,000 active installs on Cafe Bazaar.



Every day we come up with new ideas throughout the day. At the beginning, all these ideas are raw and need to be played around with in order for them to actually shape something practical. Hamsaa lets you share your ideas with random people on the app to discuss the different aspects of the idea. You can collaborate with others on your ideas and make an archive of them for your future reference. Hamsaa has over 10,000 active installs on Cafe Bazaar.



We all prefer to ask for our friend’s opinion when we want to decide on buying a product or choosing a service. Oosta is a newly developed app that you can submit your opinions and experience about different products, services, events and places. You can see your friend’s recommendations and use their insights to make a decision and even make polls on the app and the resulting votes. As of now Oosta has over 2,000 active installs on Cafe Bazaar.



BaHam (meaning together in Farsi) is one of the popular social apps on Cafe Bazaar. Users can go through various groups and see what others are posting there. BaHam lets its users make an individual profile for themselves and submit pictures, videos, text and audio in the groups. The app has been installed on over 100,000 devices.

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