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Smartphone users in Malaysia 2015-2025

For 2020, the number of smartphone users in Malaysia was estimated to reach 30.41 million. With a growing population, the number of smartphone users in Malaysia is expected to reach over 33 million by 2024.

Smartphone ownership versus income and education

Almost everybody in Malaysia owns a smartphone. However, the younger generation tend to own smartphones more than the older generation. In a survey conducted on smartphone ownership, only 30 percent of the respondents who were aged 65 years old and above had a smartphone. Income and education also seemed to have impact on digital connectivity, including smartphone ownership. A survey showed that about 95 percent of respondents who earned at least 5,000 Malaysian ringgit and had tertiary education or more owned a smartphone.

Connection to internet use

On average, Malaysians spend around 7.5 hours on the internet and 2.45 hours on social media daily. Internet and social media use were tied to smartphone ownership. Mobile messaging, taking pictures, and social networking were the most popular activities among Malaysian smartphone users. According to a survey conducted in February 2019, 90 percent of respondents stated that they use their smartphone for text messaging and voice notes at least once a day.

Number of smartphone users in Malaysia from 2015 to 2025

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2019

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