Tablets and smartphone ownership among children the UK 2018, by age

This statistic compares the ownership rates of smartphones and tablets among children aged three to 15 years of age in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018. Children are more likely to own a tablet than a smartphone up until the age of nine. Smartphones overtake tablets by the age of ten. 93 percent of children aged 15 years owned a smartphone.

Share of children owning tablets and smartphones in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2018, by age

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Release date

January 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

5-15 years

Special properties

parents of children aged 3-15

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

*Base: Parents of children aged 3-4 or 5-15 (325 aged 3, 305 aged 4, 180 aged 5, 147 aged 6, 121 aged 7, 181 aged 8, 107 aged 9, 117 aged 10, 92 aged 11, 171 aged 12, 112 aged 13, 96 aged 14, 106 aged 15).

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