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Smartphone ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2020, by age

This statistic illustrates the penetration of smartphone ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2020, by age. While the survey modified the division of respondents over the ages of 55 from 2016 onwards, there has been a clear increase in the rate of smartphone ownership among those aged 55 and above. In 2016, less than half of all respondents over the age of 55 owned such a device, a figure that eventually rose to 70 percent in 2020.
Smartphones are mobile phones that contain an operating system with features of a personal computer. In the late 2000s smartphones started to become much more wide spread. The technological advances that have been made since then are impressive to say the least. New features are available with every new smartphone model that comes out, and the majority of smartphone owners report purchasing a new smartphone because their current device is out of date.
Although smartphones have brought the power of information to the general population at their fingertips, they have also brought some negative effects with them. Accidents while driving have been on the rise, although the vast majority of motorists believe it is unacceptable to even take a short look at a phone while driving.

Smartphone ownership penetration in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012-2020, by age

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2012 to 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* n (2012) = 3,772; n (2013) = 3,750; n (2014) = 3,740; n(2016) = 3,737; n(2017) = 3,743); n(2018) = 3,730; n(2020)=3,679
During the survey, this question was posed as follows: "Do you personally use a smartphone?"
**As of 2016, the source only provides four age groups with the oldest being 55+.

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