Use of a smartphone to go online in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2018

This statistic presents the findings of a survey on the smartphone use to go online in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2009 and 2018. Over the period presented, it was found that a proportion of responding persons using smartphone to browse the internet increased continuously. The usage rate grew by over 50 percent since 2009. During the most recent survey wave in 2018, it was shown that 83 percent of respondents reported using such devices to access the internet. More information on smartphones in the UK can be found in our Statista dossier on the topic.

Do you use a smartphone to go online?*

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2018***

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

those who went online, number of respondents was weighted.

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was: "Do you go online using any of these devices? Please bear in mind that certain apps that you may use on a mobile phone or tablet computer may require you to go online; for example, social media, news or online video apps such as YouTube. (MULTI CODE)"
** n (2009) = 2,905; n (2011) = 1,824; n (2012) = 1,805; n (2013) = 1,642; n (2014) = 1890; n (2015) = 1,841; n (2016) = 1,196; n (2018) = 1216.
*** 27th of September to the 4th of October 2018 was the date of the most recent survey.
Data for previous years has been taken from older reports from the same source. The data is in part from the Adults' Media Use and Attitudes report series.

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