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100+ Web Browser Market Share & Usage Statistics (2022)

100+ Web Browser Market Share & Usage Statistics (2022)

Today, I will show you which browsers have the biggest market share of the browser market.

This roundup will break down the top browser statistics by desktop, mobile, tablet, and location.

Keep reading to find new stats, facts, and trends related to:

  • Worldwide Market Share (Across All Platforms)
  • Desktop Market Share
  • Mobile Market Share
  • Google Chrome Market Share Statistics
  • Safari Market Share Statistics
  • Mozilla Firefox Market Share Statistics
  • Internet Explorer (IE) Share Statistics
  • Microsoft Edge Browser Share Statistics
  • Samsung Market Share Statistics
  • Internet Market Share by Countries
  • Internet Market Share by Region
  • A whole lot more

Let's dive right in.

Key Web Browser Statistics

  1. There are 4.66 billion internet users on a monthly basis worldwide, more than 2.6 billion of whom use Google Chrome.
  2. Google Chrome is the most frequently used browser across all platforms in all of the countries in the entire world.
  3. Almost 7 out of every 10 internet users uses Chrome.
  4. Firefox has plummeted in popularity since 2011, making up only 3.3% of browser market share in 2022.
  5. The top 6 browsers worldwide are Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Samsung Internet, and Firefox.
  6. Chrome and Safari combined make up more than 83.6% of the total worldwide browser share.
  7. Safari has the biggest competitive edge in the US, with a 38% market share.
  8. Safari has just 9.7% of the market share on desktop browsers, likely because it isn't pre-installed on most computers.
  9. Firefox has a 7.2% market share on desktop browsers, almost triple its cross-platform share.
  10. After Chrome and Safari, the largest mobile browser market share belongs to Samsung Internet at 5.7%.

Worldwide Market Share Across All Platforms

Web Browser Market Share
Chrome 63.04%
Safari 19.86%
Firefox 4.17%
Edge 4.11%
Samsung Internet 2.9%
Opera 2.33%
  • Chrome accounts for more than 65% of the market share of browsers across all devices worldwide.
  • Chrome has more than triple the worldwide market share of Safari, which has just 18.3%.
  • Besides Chrome and Safari, the top market contenders are Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Samsung Internet, and Opera. All have less than 3.5% of the total share.
Worldwide Browser Market Share (All Platforms)
Source: Backlinko.com

It's amazing how much the world has changed in the span of just a decade or two. As people's understanding of and reliance on the internet grow, so do their desires for a high quality browser.

In the early 2000's, Internet Explorer was the dominant browser. In fact, most people didn't even know that you could use a different browser.

But with the introduction of alternative options, Internet Explorer quickly fell off the map. Today, it's not even in the top 6 most popular browsers.

Google Chrome was first introduced to the market in 2008. It has grown to become the most formidable browser in the market.

Regardless of the region or the device, it almost always outperforms the competition. In fact, it nearly has a monopoly in regions like India and South America.

Microsoft Edge has become a surprise contender for market shares as well. Introduced as Microsoft's new project after they decided to abandon Internet Explorer, Edge quickly received a reputation for high quality design.

It has grown consistently since its inception, though it hasn't overtaken the market the way some hoped it would.

Still, many people were surprised when Edge surpassed Firefox in terms of global popularity. Firefox used to be one of the most frequently used browsers in the world, but today it's a pale shadow of its former self.

Desktop Browser Market Share

Web Browser Desktop Market Share
Chrome 65.38%
Safari 9.85%
Edge 9.53%
Firefox 9.16%
Opera 3%
IE 1.06%
  • Chrome has a desktop market share of about 68.8%, more than 6 times higher than the next competitor. No other browser has more than 10% of desktop shares.
  • Safari has 9.7% of the desktop market share, cementing its place as number two.
  • Both Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox have respectable desktop market shares, at 8.1% and 7.2% respectively.
  • Despite being the default browser on many Windows computers, Internet Explorer has less than 1.5% of the total worldwide desktop market share.
Desktop Browser Market Share
Source: Backlinko.com

Google Chrome dominates the desktop market for a variety of reasons. This is rather impressive, since many computers don't come with Chrome pre-installed. By comparison, many of the competitors have a market edge because they are default browsers.

Over 80% of Windows users choose to install a different browser rather than use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. Most of them choose Chrome, with a handful using Safari or Firefox instead.

Safari is the second most frequently used browser worldwide. In most cases, it outperforms the competitors.

Occasionally it even outperforms Google Chrome in niche regional categories. But because Safari is not a default browser on the majority of computers, it has just a fraction of Chrome's power.

In fact, there are no desktop browsers that have more than 10% of the total market share except for Chrome.

Chrome boasts over six times as many desktop users as Safari, and over three times as many users as Safari and Edge combined. No competitors come even slightly close to eclipsing it.

Tablet Browser Market Share

Web Browser Tablet Market Share
Chrome 46.28%
Safari 39.47%
Android 12.64
Opera 0.64%
Yandex Browser 0.17%
Puffin 0.17%

Mobile Browser Market Share

Web Browser Mobile Market Share
Chrome 62.03%
Safari 26.72%
Samsung Internet 5.28%
Opera 1.9%
UC Browser 1.58%
Android 0.62%
  • Globally, Chrome has about 63.7% of the mobile market share.
  • Safari has significantly more mobile presence than desktop, coming in at 23.8% thanks to being pre-installed on all iOS operating systems.
  • Samsung Internet, the default browsing system for Android operating systems, has a mobile share of 5.7%.
Mobile Browser Market Share
Source: Backlinko.com

Mobile browsers have become a much bigger deal in recent years, especially with impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people have transitioned to browsing the internet on their phone.

Chrome also dominates the global mobile market, with more than 6 out of every 10 users choosing this browser.

Safari has a much bigger advantage here, though, because it is the default browser on iOS devices. iOS devices make up about 26% of total mobile devices, while Safari makes up almost 24% of the total mobile market share.

One interesting competitor on the scene is Samsung Internet. Samsung Internet doesn't actually have a desktop client. It only offers mobile and tablet browsing.

But it has become one of the most popular mobile browsers in the world, largely because it is the default browser for Android devices.

Samsung's mobile share is a little less than 6%. Though that's barely a fraction of Google Chrome and Safari's combined power, it is enough to put the browser on the global playing field.

Samsung even commands more than 3% of the market shares for browsers across every platform, despite not having any desktop downloads to boost its numbers.

Popular desktop browsers like Firefox and Edge have only a fraction of their influence on mobile, though.

Google Chrome Market Share Statistics

Google Chrome Browser Market Share Worldwide
Source: Backlinko.com

How Many People Use Google Chrome?

  • As of 2022, Google Chrome is the main browser of over 3 billion people monthly and is installed on 4 billion different devices.
  • Google Chrome has been the most used browser in each country in the world since 2020.
  • Almost 7 out of every 10 internet users globally uses Chrome rather than any other browser option.

Google Chrome Market Share

  • Chrome's market share across all platforms worldwide is more than 65%.
  • On desktop and mobile, Chrome dominates with 68.8% and 63.7% of the total market shares respectively.
  • Google Chrome's poorest performance is on tablets, where it makes up just 44.2% of the global market share.

Chrome Usage Statistics

  • Chrome's market share has dropped from a high of 66.4% in 2019 to 65.3% in 2021.
  • Between 2011 and 2021, Chrome's market share rose from 20.6% to 65.3%.
  • Chrome's slowed rate of growth indicates that it may have cornered as much of the market as it's ever going to.

Important Statistics

  • Google Chrome has been downloaded more than 5 billion times and is used on over 4 billion devices monthly.
  • Google Chrome warns people about 250 million times every month about potentially dangerous websites.
  • Google Chrome's Safe Browsing feature creates built-in browser protection against viruses and phishing.

Summary

  • Chrome has the largest market share in any sector by far.
  • More than 6 out of every 10 people choose Chrome as their browser.
  • After a period of explosive growth from 2011 to 2019, Chrome has slowly started to lose its total market share.

Safari Market Share Statistics

Safari Browser Market Share Worldwide
Source: Backlinko.com

How Many People Use Safari?

  • In 2021, more than 840 million people used Safari on a monthly basis.
  • Safari's biggest market share is in tablet devices, where it is nearly 1/2 of all worldwide mobile browsers.
  • More than twice as many people use Safari on mobile as on desktop.

Safari Market Share

  • Safari's market share across all platforms globally is about 18.3%.
  • Safari performs weakest on desktop computers, with under 10% of the total market share.
  • On mobile, Safari has a share of 23.8%, largely due to being the default browser for iOS devices.
  • Safari's tablet share is 42.05%, almost neck-and-neck with Chrome. If Safari is going to overtake Chrome in any sector, this one is the most likely.

Safari Usage Statistics

  • From 2020 to 2021, Safari grew from 16.7% to 18.3% of the total market share.
  • From 2011 to 2021, Safari went from 6.2% up to 18.3% of the total market share.
  • Safari's highest-ever recorded global market share was nearly 20% partway through 2020.

Important Statistics

  • In the US, Safari makes up the top mobile browser in 49 states.
  • Safari has a little less than 1 in 5 web users worldwide.
  • Safari's market share on tablet involves over 4 out of every 10 users.

Summary

  • Safari is the second most frequently used browser on a global scale.
  • In most of the US, it is the top used mobile browser.
  • Much of Safari's mobile market share is because it comes pre-installed on iOS devices as a default option.

Firefox Market Share Statistics

Firefox Browser Market Share Worldwide
Source: Backlinko.com

How Many People Use Firefox?

  • A little over 150 million individuals use Firefox globally today.
  • Firefox doesn't even make the list of the top 6 mobile browsers.
  • Most of Firefox users are desktop users, rather than tablet or mobile or game console users.

Firefox Market Share

  • Firefox has a total market share of 3.3% across all platforms globally.
  • Firefox's desktop market share is a formidable 7.2%, making it the 4th most popular desktop browser.
  • On mobile and tablet, Firefox has just 0.5% and 0.2% market share respectively.

Firefox Usage Statistics

  • Firefox severely depreciated from 2011 to 2021, going from 26% of the market share to just 3.3%.
  • Firefox's market share peaked in 2009 with 31.6%, the year after Google Chrome launched.
  • Firefox has consistently declined every year since the release of Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

Important Statistics

  • Firefox was one of the top browsers in 2009, commanding nearly a third of the entire market.
  • Since 2009, Firefox has consistently fallen out of use with the rise of competitors like Chrome and Edge.
  • Firefox is still the 4th most used browser for desktop computers.

Summary

  • Though it used to be one of the main online browsers, Firefox has only a fraction of the total global market share in 2022.
  • There are still over 150 million Firefox users on a monthly basis.
  • Since Mozilla is a nonprofit, some users prefer Firefox because of the open source code and lack of ad tracking.

Internet Explorer Share Statistics

Internet Explorer Browser Market Share Worldwide
Source: Backlinko.com

How Many People Use Internet Explorer?

  • Fewer than 28 million people in total are still using Internet Explorer in 2022.
  • The decline in the browser can be explained partly by the rise of Chrome and partly by the rise of Microsoft Edge.
  • Almost everyone who used to use Internet Explorer has migrated to a different browser.

Internet Explorer Market Share

  • Despite being a staple of Windows computers for years, Internet Explorer makes up only about 0.6% of the global market share in 2022.
  • In 2004, Internet Explorer dominated the market at 94% of the total share.
  • Internet Explorer makes up around 2.5% of the total desktop market share, while being less than 0.01% and 0.05% of mobile and tablet shares respectively.

Internet Explorer Usage Statistics

  • Between 2020 and 2021, the number of Internet Explorer users cut in half from 1.3% to 0.6% of the total market share.
  • Internet Explorer's highest market share ever was more than 94% in 2004, after which it began to decline as new browsers were introduced.
  • In 2011, Internet Explorer had declined to 39.5%; over the next ten years, it plummeted to less than 1%.

Important Statistics

  • Internet Explorer was first launched in 1995 and peaked in 2004.
  • Over 80% of Windows users choose to use a different browser immediately upon opening their computer for the first time.
  • Internet Explorer is notorious for performance issues, slow speeds, and poor tech support.

Summary

  • Though IE was almost a total monopoly in 2004, it's all been downhill from there.
  • Internet Explorer makes up less than a single percent of the total browser market share worldwide in 2022.
  • Microsoft appears to have abandoned Internet Explorer in favor of rolling out more Microsoft Edge updates.

Microsoft Edge Market Share Statistics

Microsoft Edge Browser Market Share Worldwide
Source: Backlinko.com

How Many People Use Microsoft Edge?

  • Microsoft Edge is used by around 158 million people worldwide on a monthly basis.
  • Edge has a few million more monthly users than Firefox, but the two browsers are very competitive.
  • Most Edge users utilize the browser on their desktop, rather than mobile or tablet.

Microsoft Edge Market Share

  • As of 2021, Microsoft Edge's market share was about 3.4% over all platforms worldwide.
  • With 8.1% of the total desktop market share, Microsoft Edge is the 3rd most popular desktop browser.
  • Microsoft Edge makes up just 0.1% and 0.3% of mobile and tablet market shares respectively.

Microsoft Edge Usage Statistics

  • Microsoft Edge did grow significantly from 2020 to 2021, going from 2.1% to 3.4% of the market share.
  • Since launching in 2015, Microsoft Edge has gone from 0.03% up through 3.4% of the total market share.
  • Microsoft Edge's highest market share is its current status, indicating that it's on an upward growth trajectory.

Important Statistics

  • Microsoft Edge is Microsoft's new browser launch after discontinuing support for Internet Explorer.
  • Edge is on an upward growth trajectory, having grown to more than ten times its initial market size since 2015.
  • Despite this, Edge has not overtaken the market as quickly as Microsoft's engineers initially believed that it would.

Summary

  • Microsoft Edge is growing and at its highest-ever market share now, but that share is still less than 4% of the total.

Samsung Internet Market Share Statistics

Samsung Internet Browser Market Share Worldwide
Source: Backlinko.com

How Many People Use Samsung Internet?

  • Samsung Internet is used by more than 400 million people globally on a monthly basis.
  • As a mobile-only option, Samsung does not compete with desktop browsers for global market share.
  • Part of Samsung's popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is the default option for Android devices.

Samsung Internet Market Share

  • Across every platform, the market share for Samsung Internet is about 3.2%.
  • However, Samsung does not have a desktop client. It only has mobile and tablet support.
  • Samsung Internet holds 6.4% of mobile market share and 6.1% of tablet market share.

Samsung Internet Usage Statistics

  • Samsung Internet has been downloaded over 1 billion times on Google Play.
  • Samsung Internet's highest market share on all platforms peaked at 3.5% partway through 2019.
  • Samsung Internet grew every year after its launch in 2015 until 2020, when it began to drop.

Important Statistics

  • Despite only being a mobile browser, Samsung Internet is popular enough to be the 4th most used browser across all platforms.
  • On mobile devices, Samsung is the 3rd most popular browser, coming in behind only Google Chrome and Safari.
  • Samsung's mobile share is greater than that of Opera and Firefox combined.

Summary

  • Despite only existing on mobile, Samsung Internet makes up a formidable part of the global market share.
  • There are over 400 million total Samsung Internet users worldwide with over 1 billion app downloads.
  • Samsung peaked in 2019 and then began to lose momentum in 2020 and 2021.

Market Share By Country

China Usage Statistics

  • China has a population of about 1.4 billion, 70.6% of whom use the internet on a monthly basis.
  • Google Chrome makes up 45.1% of the browser market share in China.
  • The next most popular browsers in China are UC Browser at 14.5% and Safari at 11.2%.
China Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

India Usage Statistics

  • India overwhelmingly favors Chrome, with more than 85.8% of the population using it.
  • The next two most popular browsers in India are Opera and UC Browser, which are almost tied at around 3.5% for usage.
  • With less than 2.5% of the total share, Safari is the 4th most popular browser in India.
India Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

USA Usage Statistics

  • Google Chrome has a 48.5% share of the US market, which is much lower than the company's global average of over 64%.
  • Safari has a 36.3% share of the US market, making it more competitive in this country than it is in most areas.
  • The next most popular browsers in the US are Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Samsung Internet.
USA Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

Market Share By Region

Asia Market Share Statistics

  • When combining all Asian internet users, a little over 7 out of 10 use Google Chrome.
  • Chrome has a 72.7% market share in Asia, almost 7 times as much as the next most popular browser.
  • Safari is the 2nd most popular browser in Asia with an 11.7% share.
Asia Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

China represents a large part of the Asian demographic in terms of population, and Google only makes up 2% of the market share there. But that wasn't enough to keep Google from dominating the region regardless.

North America Statistics

  • Since Chrome is more popular in Canada and Mexico, this brings the North America market share up to more than 51%.
  • Safari has a 33.5% market share in North America, largely due to US users.
  • The only other browser with more than 5% market share in North America is Microsoft Edge, coming in at 5.5%.
North America Web Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

South America Statistics

  • Chrome is the dominant browser in South America by far, making up more than 82.7% of the market.
  • Safari, the 2nd most popular browser in South America, has a total share of less than 6%.
  • The 3rd through 6th most popular browsers in South America all have between 2.4% and 2.8% of the total market share.
South America Web Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

Europe Statistics

  • Chrome makes up about 61% of the market share in Europe, while Safari makes up about 18.8%.
  • Firefox has a market share of 6.2% in Europe, significantly more than in South America or Asia.
  • Microsoft Edge has a little more than 4.5% of the total market share in Europe, being the 4th most popular browser.
Europe Web Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

Oceania Statistics

  • Chrome's market share is almost 53% in Oceania, but Safari makes up almost 1/3rd of the total market.
  • Microsoft Edge has a little over 5% of the total market share in Oceania.
  • The next most popular browsers in Oceania are Firefox, Samsung Internet for mobile, and Internet Explorer.
Oceania Web Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

Africa Statistics

  • More than 7 out of every 10 people in Africa use Chrome as their default browser.
  • Safari makes up about 10.8% of the total market share in Africa.
  • Opera is a wildly popular browser in Africa compared to other regions, being the 3rd most popular with 8.2% of the total market share.
Africa Web Browser Usage Statistics
Source: Backlinko.com

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Conclusion

More than 50% of the global population uses the internet. We hope these statistics have taught you about the market share of different browsers in regions all over the world!

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