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Internet penetration in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2020

94.62 percent of the population of the United Kingdom (UK) were using the internet in 2020, up from 92.52 in the previous year.

Internet users in Great Britain

46.6 million people used the internet daily in Great Britain during 2020 according to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Office for National Statistics (ONS), breaking the record set in 2016. 41.8 million people in Great Britain used the internet on a daily basis during 2016, the first time the amount cracked the 40 million mark.

Methods of accessing the internet

In a survey conducted during early 2018, Ofcom found that 48 percent of the 2,392 respondents indicated that their smartphone was the most important device they use to access the internet, at home or elsewhere. Mobile internet usage penetration is higher in the UK than the EU average, however, as of February 2021, desktop searches still managed to account for the most of the search engine activity in the UK.

UK internet penetration: percentage of population using the internet in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2020

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Release date

January 2021


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2020

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