Mobile vs Desktop web usage

The statistics for desktop vs mobile viewing of the web have been shifting significantly in favor of mobile devices over the past few years. Here are some key statistics from various sources:

Global Internet Usage:

  • According to StatCounter, as of December 2021, 56.4% of global internet usage came from mobile devices, compared to 41.9% from desktops, and 1.7% from tablets.

Browsing Time:

  • According to a report by Zenith Media, the average global user spent 4 hours and 7 minutes per day online in 2021, with 2 hours and 51 minutes (69%) spent on mobile devices, and 1 hour and 16 minutes (31%) on desktops.


  • Shopify reported that in 2021, 81% of all e-commerce orders were made on mobile devices, compared to 19% on desktops.

Search Engine Usage:

  • According to StatCounter, Google accounted for 92.95% of all global searches on mobile devices in December 2021, compared to 88.35% on desktops.

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Social Media:

  • According to Statista, 98.5% of Facebook's active users accessed the platform via mobile devices in the third quarter of 2021, compared to 1.5% on desktops.

Video Consumption:

  • According to a report by Ooyala, mobile devices accounted for 54% of all video plays worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 41% on desktops.

Messaging Apps:

  • According to App Annie, WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app globally, had 2.7 billion monthly active users as of July 2021, with the majority accessing the app via mobile devices.

App Downloads:

  • According to Sensor Tower, global app downloads reached 218 billion in 2021, with 90% of those downloads coming from mobile devices.