Mobile payments in the United Kingdom (UK)

Statistics report on payments initiated on a mobile device, such as mobile wallets, in the United Kingdom (UK)

Mobile payments in the United Kingdom (UK)

The youngest and perhaps most exciting addition to the digital payments roster, mobile payments can - in theory - include any type of payment initiated on a mobile device. In the United Kingdom, this is mostly associated with mobile wallets and the rise of mobile commerce. PayPal, especially, drives momentum within the country, although Apple Pay and - even though it is not a mobile wallet - Klarna are other important brands within UK.

This report looks at the use of digital or mobile wallets in the United Kingdom and aims to provide information on how this market compares to that other countries. How big are mobile wallets in the country and how will they develop in the future. The main focus of this report includes:

  • Mobile payment penetration;
  • Mobile payment transaction volume;
  • Brands of note - PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or other brands;
  • Mobile commerce;

This particular report is an expansion to another report, which compares the use of mobile wallets in the UK against other (cashless) payment methods available within the country. This report can be found below:
  1. Digital payments in the United Kingdom (UK).

Table of contents

Market share

  • Premium Statistic Most used in-store (POS) payment methods in the UK 2017-2023, with 2027 forecast
  • Premium Forecast Payments at points of sale by type in the UK 2024
  • Premium Forecast Biggest contactless payment brands at POS in the UK 2024
  • Premium Statistic Most popular online payment methods in the UK 2022
  • Premium Statistic Most popular payment methods for online purchases in the UK 2020
  • Premium Forecast Biggest e-commerce payment brands in the UK 2024


  • Premium Forecast Mobile POS payment penetration rate in 34 countries worldwide 2023
  • Premium Statistic Mobile payment adoption in the UK 2016-2020, by age
  • Premium Forecast Mobile payments usage by situation in the UK 2024
  • Premium Statistic Smartphone ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2023, by age

Transaction volume

  • Premium Statistic Mobile payment market size in 10 countries in Europe in 2020, with a 2025 forecast
  • Premium Statistic Consumer fintech usage rate in the United Kingdom 2019, by category
  • Premium Forecast FinTech Digital Payments transaction value per user in UK 2021-2028, by segment
  • Premium Statistic Average carrier billing transaction value in the UK 2019-2021


  • Premium Statistic Apple Pay penetration, online and offline, in 19 countries worldwide in Q1 2024
  • Premium Statistic Google Pay penetration, online and offline, in 19 countries worldwide in Q1 2024
  • Premium Statistic PayPal penetration, online and offline, in 21 countries worldwide in Q1 2024
  • Premium Statistic Monthly active users of PayPal app in the UK 2017-2021
  • Premium Statistic Monthly active users of the Klarna app in the UK 2018-2021


  • Premium Statistic Internet retail: monthly sales value in Great Britain 2016-2023
  • Basic Statistic Internet share of retail sales monthly in Great Britain 2018-2023
  • Premium Statistic M-commerce retail sales in the UK 2019-2027
  • Premium Statistic PoS and e-commerce spending growth in the UK 2022, with a 2026 forecast

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