Smartphone Statistics and Facts (2021) | By the Numbers

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Here are the most interesting smartphone statistics and facts I was able to dig up. As always, I will be updating and adding to this list often as I come across newer stats. Be sure to check back often to see the latest.

When I look around and see the influence smartphones have on our everyday routines, it is mind-blowing to me that the modern-day (post iPhone launch) smartphone has only been around since 2007. In just 11 short years, there isn’t much that smartphones haven’t changed in some fashion.

So how big have these little devices become? and how much do we really rely on them? I set out to answer these questions and many more with another stat-finding mission.

Smartphone Statistics and Facts

Average number of apps that users have on their smartphones:

80 apps

Last updated 2/2/218

Average number of apps that smartphone owners user per month:

40 apps

Last updated 2/2/18

Percentage of online video viewing that occurs on a mobile device:


Last updated 2/7/18

Percentage of all US searches that come from mobile devices:


Last updated 5/16/19

Percentage of all online transactions that are made on a mobile device:


Last updated 9/20/18

Average amount US iPhone owners spent on apps in 2018:


How many smartphones are there in China?

1.1 billion active mobile devices

Last updated 1/1/19

Average amount of time Chinese users spend on their smartphone per day:

5.7 hours

Last updated 1/1/19

Amount China smartphone users spent shopping on their phone:

$41.5 trillion

Number of people in China that use their smartphone to pay for a purchase:

525 million

Last updated 3/27/19

Number of people in India that use their smartphone to pay for a purchase:

73.9 million

Last updated 3/27/19

Percentage of smartphone shoppers that conduct ‘near me’ searches:


Last updated 8/28/19

Number of smartphones shipped in China in 2018:

390 million

Number of mobile apps in China:

4 million

Last updated 7/5/18

Number of smartphone users by country:

Percentage of US adults that mostly access the internet through a mobile device:

Percentage of US adults that get their news on a mobile device:


Last updated 7/17/18

Percentage of US adults that own a smartphone:

Percentage of Americans, ages 18-29, own a smartphone.

Percentage of Americans, ages 30-49, own a smartphone.

Percentage of Americans, ages 50-64, own a smartphone.

2019: 79%

Percentage of Americans, ages 65+, own a smartphone.

2019: 53%

Total number of mobile app downloads in 2019:

204 million

Total mobile app revenue (annual):

Total subscription revenue from the top 100 subscription apps:

Top grossing smartphone app in the US in 2019:


Average amount of time a global smartphone owner spends on their device daily:

3.7 hours per day

Last updated 11/15/20

Projected global mobile ad spend in 2020:

$240 billion

Mobile game revenue (annual):

2019: $86 billion

2016: $40.6 billion

Percentage of mobile time that smartphone users spend in social / communications apps:


Last updated 1/15/20

The average driver spends 3.5 minutes on their smartphone per each 1 hour driving.

Last updated 4/17/17

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