Mobile phone internet use penetration in Great Britain 2019, by demographic

A slightly lower share of women than men access the internet via mobile phone in Great Britain, according to figures from the United Kingdom’s (UK) Office for National Statistics (ONS). 80 percent of men aged 16 years or older reported accessing the internet this way, compared with 78 percent of women.

Smartphone ownership

    As of 2018, 95 percent of people aged 16 to 34 years owned a smartphone. While it is to be expected that ownership rates decline with age, the share of people over the age of 55 who own a smartphone is growing. 42 percent of people in this age bracket owned a smartphone in 2016, whereas that rate climbed to more than 50 percent for the first time in 2018. Globally, it is expected that 40 percent of the population will own a smartphone by 2021.

Apple at the top of the tree

Apple are the leading smartphone manufacturer in the UK, holding a market share of 51.46 percent. Apple continue to generally grow their share of the market, increasing their stake from 46.01 percent in 2010. Samsung held 28.86 percent of the market in 2018.

Share of individuals who accessed the internet via a mobile phone in Great Britain in 2019, by age and gender

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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

does not include users of tablets or portable computers

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The source indicates: "The source of this information is the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OLS). The OLS is a multi-purpose survey developed by ONS for use by government departments, other public bodies, charities, academics and the media. It provides a fast, cost effective and reliable way of obtaining information on topics too brief to warrant their own survey."
** The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is carried out by interviewing a nationally representative sample of households in Great Britain. About 1,800 households are sampled each month and estimates are subject to sampling variability, as are those from all sample surveys.

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