Device preference for internet browsing in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

This statistic displays the findings of a survey on the device preference for internet browsing or surfing among internet users who performed this activity in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018. In 2018, 48 percent of respondents reported using their smartphones the most for browsing the internet. Laptops were the second most popular means of browsing the internet, with desktop computers achieving just nine percent.

Which one of these devices do you use most for surfing or browsing the internet?

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Release date

May 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

September to October 2015

Number of respondents

2,401 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

Those who use the internet at home or elsewhere

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

Figures for games consoles, e-readers, netbooks, smart watches and other portable devices such as iPod touch were not included, as less than one percent of respondents reported using these as their preferred device to browse the internet.

Question originally asked as "Which is the most important device you use to connect to the internet, at home or elsewhere?

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