The icons of Safari, IE, Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. 57+ Browser usage statistics that show the state of the internet in 2019

57+ Browser Usage Statistics that Show the State of the Internet in 2019

Do you remember the time before the internet?

If you are younger than 29, that’s impossible.

Today we are connected 24/7, and the Web influences everything in our lives. And I mean everything – from starting a romantic relationship to what TV to buy and where to go for dinner. 

And although there are thousands of apps, all of us use a web browser to connect to the internet. 

Now:

The following list of browser usage statistics will show you the state of the web browser in 2019.

You’ll learn stuff like:

What is the most popular browser used today?

Why is Chrome so popular?

What is mobile browser usage?

And much more. 

Curious? 

Let’s dive right in.

Mind-Blowing Browser Usage Statistics

  • There are over 4.3 billion internet users worldwide. That’s 57% of the world’s population.
  • There are 2.71 billion smartphone and 1.23 billion tablet users globally. 
  • The total number of websites is over 1.7 billion in 2019.
  • Android is the most popular OS with a 39.91% market share, followed by Windows with 35.12%.
  • Chrome is the most used browser. Its browser market share is 63%.
  • Mobile browser usage statistics show Safari is the leading mobile browser in the US with a 55.35% market share. 
  • Back in 2004, 95% of the internet population used Internet Explorer.

More than half of the world’s population uses a web browser. And most use Chrome on Android. 

Anyone could’ve made an educated guess and reached the same conclusion. Still, coming up are browser statistics that will unveil the details about Chrome’s dominance. Moreover, you’ll see what happens with its competitors.

1. General website browser statistics – there are 4.38 billion internet users worldwide.

(Source: Hootsuite and We Are Social)

On overview of the world map. There are 4.38 billion internet users worldwide.

  • There are more than 1.7 billion websites in 2019.
  • According to web browser statistics, there were more than 112 browsers in 2018.
  • The most popular mobile app categories in the US are “Communication and social” – 97.7% and web browsers – 97.6%.
  • A poll by Digital Trends shows 53% of people have between one and five tabs opened at any given time. 13% have “Too many to count!” 
  • According to browser usage statistics for 2019, the market share of the most popular web browsers at the time of writing is: 
    • Chrome has a market share of 63.37%.
    • Safari’s market share is 15.05%
    • Firefox accounts for 4.49% of the browser market.
    • According to browser usage stats, Samsung Internet has 3.75%.
    • UC browser shares fourth place with Samsung Internet. It’s the browser of choice for 3.75% of the internet population. 
    • Opera’s market share is 2.58%, leaving the last two spots for Internet Explorer and Edge.
    • IE has a market share of 2.26%, followed by Edge with 2.18%.

Well, the stats show Google’s browser is the king of browsers.

But why is Chrome so popular? 

First of all, Google is the most powerful website on the planet. 

Second of all, Android is the most adopted OS worldwide, and Chrome is its default browser.

Last but not least, Chrome does a decent job of providing access to the Web – it’s fast, relatively secure, and easy to use. 

2. Browser usage statistics by device – there are 2.71 billion smartphone and 1.23 billion tablet users in 2019. 

(Source: Bankmycell and Statista)

A laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone. There are 2.71 billion smartphone and 1.23 billion tablet users in 2019.

  • Smartphones account for 51.11% of the global device market. By the way, more people own a cell phone than a toothbrush.
  • Chrome is the browser of choice for 71.07% of desktop users. Firefox has a market share of 9.53%. Safari is third among the most popular browsers with 5.63%. 
  • Google’s web browser is also the leader among mobile users with a 60.63% market share. Safari is a distant second with 20.19%. Curiously, mobile users prefer Samsung Internet to Firefox and Opera, which places it in third place with 6.85%. 
  • Browser statistics show Safari is the undeniable ruler of the tablet kingdom. Apple’s browser accounts for 64.12% of the market, while Chrome is second with 23.76%.
  • For TVs, the browser usage in 2019 is divided between Chrome (75.47%) and Opera (22.09%). Together, they hold 97.56% of the TV browser market. 

If Apple didn’t control over 70% of the tablet market, Chrome would dominate the entire browser market across all devices. 

It’s interesting to see newcomers like Samsung Internet enter the top three browsers for mobile. On the other hand, if the US-China trade war continues, Huawei may abandon Android. While this is rather unlikely, if it happens, we may see new players joining the browser war. Furthermore, this would undermine Chrome’s superiority, since Huawei controls about 17% of the smartphone market

Today, the sun shines brightly over Chromeland, but the future may bring some Asian clouds over the Google browser’s kingdom. Click To Tweet

3. The most popular browsers in 2019 by OS – Android is the most popular OS in 2019 with a 39.91% market share, followed by Windows (35.12%) and iOS (13.85%). 

(Source: Global Stats)

Android army. Android is the most popular OS in 2019 with a 39.91% market share, followed by Windows (35.12%) and iOS (13.85%)

  • Unsurprisingly, Chrome rules over 88.43% of Android devices. All other browsers have less than a 3% market share. 
  • Chrome leads the race for the “Mostly Used Browsers Cup” for Windows. Google’s browser is several laps ahead of its competitors and has won the hearts of 68.30% of the public. Internet Explorer is far behind with 9.77%, followed closely by Firefox (9.18%). Edge’s fanbase is 5.52%, leaving Opera no chances for the trophy with 1.7%. 
  • Safari dominates across iOS devices with a 93.23% market share. Surprisingly, 4.47% of iOS users prefer Chrome to Apple’s browser. 
  • Linux is the battlefield of the Firefox vs. Chrome fight. The latter has the upper hand, being the browser of choice for 54.54% of Linux’s users. Still, Firefox isn’t giving up and has the support of one-third of all Linux consumers. 

Although Chrome is the most popular browser on three out of the four major operating systems, it can’t dethrone Safari in iOS. 

Still, with Android’s expansion, Chrome will become more and more popular. It’s already leaving the remaining browsers in the dirt, and there aren’t any notable pretenders to take its place. 

4. Browser usage by region – Chrome (52.53%) and Safari (29.37%) are the most popular web browsers in North America.

(Source: Stat Counter) 

North America on a globe. Browser usage statistics show Chrome (52.53%) and Safari (29.37%) are the most popular web browsers in North America.

  • Chrome rules over 82.64% of South America, leaving Safari a distant second with 5.59%. Firefox’s adoption on the continent is 4.04%.
  • You won’t be surprised to find out who the leader in Africa is. Once again, Chrome has the highest market share – 61.68%. Still, what’s interesting about Africa’s browser usage is that Safari and Opera are equals. Each accounts for 11.05% of the browser market. 
  • And the browser of choice for Europeans is… (drumroll) – Chrome! Is anyone surprised? Guess not. Google’s web browser market share is 60.66%. The other most used browsers across the Old Continent are Safari (16.45%), Firefox (7.54%), and Samsung Internet (4.89%).
  • The leader in Asia holds 67.45% of the market (you already know its name). Safari is second with 8.95%. What’s interesting about Asia is that UC browser holds third place with 7.59% of the market. 
  • Oceania is an intriguing region in the browser wars. It’s the part of the globe with the highest Safari usage – 31.92%. Chrome accounts for 51.8% of the browser market. Firefox, Samsung Internet, and Edge are fighting for the third spot, each with about 4% of the market.

Chrome’s dominance spreads all over the globe.

Although Safari has a stable presence in all regions, it’s still too far behind Google’s web browser. If Google doesn’t make any dramatic mistakes, there aren’t any notable threats to its dominance. So far, that is.

5. Chrome statistics and facts – Google launched its browser in 2008.

(Source: CrossBrowserTesting)

A smartphone with Chrome's logo. Google launched Chrome in 2008 and browser usage stats show it's the most popular web browser today.

  • According to browser stats, Chrome has more than five billion downloads on Play Store. 
  • Browser usage stats show Chrome accounts for about 39% of mobile traffic in the US. 
  • The Chrome bounty program increased its maximum payout from $5,000 to $15,000 for a baseline report. For a high-quality one, the bounty jumped from $15,000 to $30,000.
  • Google Safe Browsing protects over four billion devices, mostly accessing the Web via Chrome. 
  • On average, Chrome shows its users more than 250 million warnings for malicious websites a month. 
  • Here’s a curious browser statistic about Chrome – 65.94% of mobile users in Wyoming use Chrome. It’s the only state where Google’s browser beats Safari. 

One of Chrome’s pros is that it evolves. Google continues to improve its browser’s security, and the statistics above prove it. 

Although Chrome requires more resources than most browsers, people still prefer it over the competition. It’s not perfect, and it doesn’t provide any revolutionary features, but it gets the job done. And browser usage stats show that’s enough for most people.

6. Safari statistics and facts – Apple released its browser in 2003 to replace Navigator on Macintosh computers.

(Source: Apple)

Safari logos. One of the most popular web browsers - Safari, was released by Apple in 2003 to replace Navigator on Macintosh computers.

  • According to browser usage statistics, Safari is the browser of choice for mobile users in 49 of the 50 states in the US. 
  • Alaska has the highest number of iOS users – 77.88% of the population. That means about 687,000 people use Safari in the 49th state alone.
  • According to browsers statistics for 2019, Safari accounts for 55.35% of the mobile browser market in the US. Chrome is second with a 35.37% market share. 
  • There were over one billion visits via Safari to US government sites between June and August 2019. 
  • Steve Jobs wanted to name the browser “Freedom.” Its developers amusingly called it “iBrowse.” 

Overall, Safari is the second most popular browser worldwide and first in the US mobile market. So if we compare Chrome to Safari, a reasonable question pops out – which web browser is the best? 

Well, it depends on which company’s philosophy suits you best. Keep in mind that Safari is available only for Apple devices, while you can download Chrome on every device. Still, Safari is more privacy-oriented, while Google’s primary purpose is to advertise to you. 

7. Firefox statistics and facts – Mozilla released Mozilla 1.0, the forefather of Firefox, in 2002.

(Source: Mozilla)

Firefox logo. Mozilla released Mozilla 1.0, the forefather of Firefox, in 2002.

Although the majority of people don’t use Firefox in 2019, it’s one of the best if not the best web browser out there. And since Mozilla is a non-profit organization, you know they won’t use your data to flood your browsing experience with ads. 

In case you are wondering, “Which browser is best for privacy?”, you can count on Firefox. You can also use the Tor browser for privacy and anonymity, but it’s much slower.

8. Internet Explorer and Edge statistics and facts – Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995.

(Source: Network World)

A fallen rusty crown. Microsoft released Internet Explorer in 1995. By 2004, IE's market share was 95%. Today, it is 2.26%, followed by Edge with 2.18%.

Internet Explorer is almost history today. A glorious one, but history nonetheless. Its successor, Edge, failed to impress the majority of users, and only a fraction of the online population uses Microsoft’s browser.

Still, the company announced the launch of a full-Chromium Edge. There’s already a Beta available for download. Microsoft hopes its new browser will change the status quo and receive wider adoption. Only time will tell, though.

9. Browser security and threat statistics – 60% of companies got infected with malware through a web browser.

(Source: Technical.ly)

  • According to browser statistics, Edge can identify 98% of phishing sites. Chrome and Firefox can successfully recognize 96%. 
  • Research shows Edge can immediately block 89% of phishing sites, outperforming Chrome (79%) and Firefox (77%.)
  • Almost a third of companies lost some data through web browsing. 
  • There are about 18.5 million websites infected with malware at any given time. 

According to browser usage stats, Edge seems to be more secure than Chrome and Firefox. 

Considering how many threats exist on the Web, using a safe browser is a no-brainer.

10. Curious browser statistics and facts – Tim Berners-Lee developed the first web browser in 1990. Its name was The WorldWideWeb application, which later became “Nexus.”

(Source: ArsTechnica) 

Screenshot of the first web browser. Its name was The WorldWideWeb application, which later became “Nexus.”

  • Internet Explorer lost its dominance on the browser market to Firefox in January 2009. Back then, Mozilla became the most used browser with a 45.5% market share, leaving IE second with 44.8%. Less than 7% of the online population used Safari or Chrome at the time. 
  • It was in March 2012 when Chrome became the king of browsers. Browser usage stats show Chrome was the browser of choice for 37.3% of online users, while 36.3% of them used Firefox. IE was down to an 18.9% market share. 
  • More than 80% of Windows 10 users download another browser to replace Edge at the first opportunity. 
  • The Samsung Internet browser has over a billion downloads on Google Play. That’s more than Firefox and Opera combined. 
  • Employees who used Chrome or Firefox (instead of Safari or IE) stayed at their jobs 15% longer and performed better in 2015.  
  • Facebook’s in-app browser accounted for 7.63% of mobile traffic in the US in 2018. This means it was the third most used browser for mobile devices, behind Safari and Chrome. Still, if Facebook is a browser,  what’s the correct answer?

Chrome is the undeniable victor in the browser wars for the last seven years.

What’s interesting is the advance of Samsung’s Internet and Facebook’s role in the browser market. 

These two don’t stand a chance against Google’s champion, but such newcomers could unbalance the status quo.  

Conclusion

With Chrome being the browser of choice for so many people, the others are just trying to maintain a large enough user base to keep them afloat. This excludes Safari, which is tied to Apple devices and the company’s loyal customers.

There aren’t any indications the seven-year rule of Chrome is going to end soon. 

Still, we live in exciting times as far as browsers are concerned. 

We’ll see a new Edge, based on Chromium. 

Firefox is regaining its former glory.

And Samsung wants a piece of the pie as well. 

Undoubtedly, the 2020 browser usage statistics will show some changes.

Who knows, maybe a new pretender will join the fun.

Happy surfing!

Till next time!

 

Sources: 

  1. Hootsuite and We Are Social
  2. Bankmycell and Statista
  3. Global Stats
  4. Stat Counter
  5. CrossBrowserTesting
  6. Apple
  7. Mozilla
  8. Network World
  9. Technical.ly
  10. ArsTechnica

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