Internet Traffic from Mobile Devices (2022)
Internet use and mobile use are components of everyday life for billions of people.
In fact, for many, the two now go hand in hand.
With the new “mobile-first” world in mind, here’s a breakdown of what we’ll cover about the current state of website traffic from mobile devices in 2022:
- Mobile Device Internet Usage Stats (Top Picks)
- What Percentage Of Internet Traffic Comes From Mobile Devices?
- Mobile Device Internet Usage By Region
- Mobile Device Activities Data
- 5G Adoption Statistics
- The Future Of Mobile Device Internet Usage
Mobile Device Internet Usage Stats (Top Picks)
- 62.06% of website traffic comes from mobile devices.
- 92.1% of internet users access the internet using a mobile phone.
- There are approximately 4.32 billion active mobile internet users.
- Africa has the highest proportion of internet traffic from mobile devices - 69.13%.
- There will be over 1 billion 5G connections worldwide by 2025.
What Percentage of Internet Traffic Comes From Mobile Devices?
As of August 2022, 62.06% of all website traffic comes from people using mobile devices.
Back in Q1 2015, this figure sat at less than one-third (31.16%). In other words, mobile device internet traffic increased by 75% since 2015.
In fact, the percentage of people accessing the internet via mobile decides has increased quarter-over-quarter. Q1 2017 was the first time mobile traffic surpassed traffic from desktop computers.
Here’s a quick look at mobile internet traffic share every Q1 since 2015:
|Q1 2016||39.47%||↑ 26.67%|
|Q1 2017||50.03%||↑ 26.75%|
|Q1 2018||51.77%||↑ 3.48%|
|Q1 2019||48.71%||↓ 5.91%|
|Q1 2020||51.92%||↑ 6.59%|
|Q1 2021||54.8%||↑ 5.55%|
Over the last five years, website traffic from mobile devices has fluctuated somewhat. However, there has been a steady upward trend.
Here are the top 10 quarters ranked by the highest proportion of mobile website traffic growth:
|Rank||Quarter||Website Traffic Share||Growth Over Previous Month|
|#1||Q3 2021||55.78%||Yes - ↑ 0.69%|
|#2||Q2 2021||55.09%||Yes - ↑ 0.29%|
|#3||Q1 2021||54.8%||Yes - ↑ 2.6%|
|#4||Q4 2021||54.4%||No - ↓ 1.38%|
|#5||Q3 2017||52.99%||Yes - ↑ 0.78%|
|#6||Q4 2019||52.6%||Yes - ↑ 1.09%|
|#7||Q3 2018||52.4%||Yes - ↑ 0.51%|
|#8||Q2 2017||52.21%||Yes - ↑ 2.18%|
|#9||Q4 2020||52.2%||Yes - ↑ 1.39%|
|#10||Q1 2020||51.92%||No - ↓ 0.68%|
People access the internet using different devices at different times. A recent survey of internet usage split these into 10 categories (some of which overlap).
The data revealed that around 9 in 10 (92.1%) internet users access the internet using a mobile phone of some kind.
By comparison, approximately 7 in 10 (71.2%) use the more traditional laptop or desktop.
Here is a full breakdown of the findings:
|Device||Share of Users|
|Mobile phone (any)||92.1%|
|Laptop or desktop (any)||71.2%|
|Own laptop or desktop||64.5%|
|Work laptop or desktop||29.4%|
|Smart home device||13.8%|
Mobile Device Internet Usage by Region
There is a significant disparity between mobile internet traffic usage across the globe.
Africa is the region with the highest proportion of internet traffic coming from mobile devices (69.13%).
On the other end up the spectrum, Oceania is the world’s least mobile-centric region for internet traffic (39.51%).
Here is a more detailed look at the most recent data:
|Rank||Region||Share of Mobile Internet Traffic||Difference to Global Average|
|#3||South America||51.47%||- 5.42%|
|#5||North America||48.49%||- 8.4%|
Worldwide, Nigeria has the highest proportion of mobile internet traffic 81.43%, followed by India with 75.96%, and South Africa with 72.59%.
Of the countries surveyed, Russia has the lowest proportion of mobile internet traffic (30.2%), with the majority of citizens accessing the internet via desktop. The next-lowest by proportion are Portugal (34.12%) and Canada (37.71%).
Below are the top and bottom 40 nations surveyed for their country's mobile internet traffic share:
- Nigeria - 81.43%
- South Africa - 72.59%
- Egypt - 67.66%
- Morocco - 52.51%
- India - 75.96%
- Saudi Arabia - 70.82%
- Hong Kong - 42.27%
- Russia - 30.2%
- Argentina - 57.14%
- Brazil - 49.49%
- Republic of Ireland - 58.1%
- Poland - 53.05%
- Portugal 34.12%
- Russia - 30.2%
- Mexico - 52.88%
- US - 47.57%
- Canada 37.71%
- New Zealand - 41.48%
- Australia - 40.64%
*Includes partly-European Turkey
Taking a look at mobile internet use from a different angle, 15 nations around the world have a mobile internet user penetration rate of over 90%.
And a total of 28 exceed the 85% mark.
The US has a mobile internet penetration rate of 83.15%.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 15 nations by mobile internet penetration rate:
|Rank||Nation||Continent||Mobile Internet Penetration|
Perhaps unsurprisingly, each of the top five countries for fastest mobile internet speeds also feature in the table above:
|Rank||Nation||Continent||Oct 2021 Mobile Internet Speed||Mobile Internet Penetration Rank|
|#2||South Korea||Asia||214.47 Mbps||#6|
|#8||Saudi Arabia||Asia||164.81 Mbps||#16|
*Doesn’t feature on the list of 31 ranked nations
Mobile Device Activity Data
As technology has evolved, so too have use cases for mobile devices.
Today, mobile devices are used for entertainment, e-commerce, financial management, business meetings and more.
However, according to a recently survey, he most common use for a mobile device is gaming. In fact, 68% of people report playing video games on their phones.
Here’s a breakdown of the 16 most common tasks that people perform using their smartphones:
|#1||Played a game||68%||Entertainment|
|#2||Listened to music||67%||Entertainment|
|#3||Used social media||63%||Entertainment|
|#4||Watched video, TV, or film||61%||Entertainment|
|=#5||Paid for something bought online||47%||E-commerce/Finance|
|#7||Ordered a product||42%||E-commerce|
|#8||Booked food delivery||41%||E-commerce/Health & Wellbeing|
|#9||Used for work||38%||Business|
|#10||Sent money to a friend||35%||Finance|
|=#11||Paid for something using Google Pay, Apple Pay, etc.||33%||E-commerce/Finance|
|=#11||Read magazine or newspaper||33%||Entertainment|
|#13||Used a medical or fitness service||25%||Health & Wellbeing|
|#14||Booked a taxi ride||22%||Travel|
|#15||Controlled a smart device||20%||Entertainment/Misc.|
|#16||None of the above||3%||N/A|
Looking at the above table, it’s clear that e-commerce is among the most popular uses for mobile devices.
Indeed, more than half of the online population (55.4%) are likely to have bought something online in the past month using a mobile device.
The 11 countries with a higher-than-global-average of mobile shoppers are as follows:
|Rank||Country||Region||Share of Online Population Using E-commerce|
5G Adoption Statistics
Mobile internet traffic has grown along with the rollout of 5G. And there are expected to be over 1 billion 5G connections worldwide by 2025.
China is expected to have over 3x more 5G connections than any other country.
In fact, it is predicted that China will have considerably more than the US, Japan, Germany, South Korea, the UK, France, and Canada combined.
Here are the foretasted numbers for 5G connections in 2025:
|Country||5G Mobile Connections||Share of 5G Mobile Connection|
|South Korea||45 million||73%|
The Future of Mobile Device Internet Usage
Mobile phone subscriptions have risen year-over-year since 1993 (from 34 million in 1993 to 8.648 billion today.)
Despite growing at a slower rate in recent years, mobile phone subscriptions are still on the rise.
Here’s a look at the major milestones of worldwide mobile subscriptions over the last 30 years:
|Mobile Subscriber Milestone||Year|
There are 4.66 billion active internet users. And 4.32 billion active mobile internet users. Notably, those figures are almost identical.
The discrepancy between active social media users (4.2 billion) and active mobile social media users (4.15 billion) is even smaller. Not surprisingly, this is leading to people spending more times on their phones than ever before.
As both internet use and social media use grow, it only stands to reason that mobile internet traffic will follow suit.
That wraps up our look at the current state of global mobile internet traffic.
Developing nations are helping push the surge in mobile internet use.
And countries with established mobile phone usage are continuing to close in on near-ubiquitous mobile internet use.