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39 interesting smartphone statistics for 2022

Fatima Puri
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Smartphones have revolutionized the way we interact with each other and store and share information. They have replaced our need for other technologies, like landlines, cameras, and music players, and are the most common mobile device in the world. A study from Statista predicts that U.S. sales of smartphones alone will total over $74.7 billion in 2022.

As a leader in the business texting industry, Textline understands the importance of smartphones. We compiled a list of the most fascinating smartphone statistics for global and U.S. audiences. We pulled data from the most credible sources and ensured up-to-date statistics.

Global smartphone statistics

  1. Whatsapp is the most popular global mobile messenger app, followed by WeChat and Facebook. (Statista)
  2. China and the U.S. are significantly ahead of other countries in their 5G rollout, with a combined 653 cities in which 5G is available. (Statista)
  3. South Korea offers the fastest 5G network download speeds as of March 2022. (Statista)
  4. The current number of smartphone users in the world today is 6.65 billion, roughly 83.37 percent of the world’s population. (Statista)
  5. The countries that have the highest number of smartphone users are: China, India, U.S., and Indonesia (Statista)
  6. The country with the highest smartphone penetration rate is the U.S., with 85 percent, followed by the U.K. at 79.8 percent. (Statista) The smartphone penetration rate is the ratio of SIM cards to the total population.
  7. In comparison, although China has the highest number of smartphone users at 953.6 million due to its population, its smartphone penetration rate is 66 percent (Statista)
  8. Smartphones are typically the most common type of mobile device. (Pew Research Center)
  9. Smartphone use is more common among younger and more educated adults. (Pew Research Center)
  10. About 42 percent of emails are opened on a smartphone globally (Litmus) 

A graphic showing how much time Americans spend on their phones
A graphic showing one of the U.S. smartphone statistics.

U.S. smartphone statistics

  1. The average American spends 4 hours and 23 minutes a day on their phone. That number is expected to reach 4 hours and 35 minutes by 2023. (Statista)
  2. The number of smartphone users in the 2022 is estimated to be around 301.36 million. (Statista)
  3. The number of smartphone users in the U.S.  is expected to increase to 311.35 million by 2025. (Statista)
  4. The average American will check their phone once every 10 to 12 minutes. (Asurion)
  5. Sixty-six percent of people in the U.S. check their phones nearly 160 times daily. (Small Business Trends)
  6. Eighty percent of Americans check their smartphones within 10 minutes of waking up. (Reviews)
  7. Smartphone usage is the greatest in the early morning, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., and in the late evening, between 8 p.m. and midnight. (comScore)
  8. Eighty-five percent of Americans own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  9. Nearly 15 percent of U.S. adults are “smartphone-only” internet users — meaning they have a smartphone but do not have a home broadband connection. (Pew Research Center)
  10. Eighty-five percent of women own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  11. Eighty-five percent of men own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  12. Ninety-six percent of adults ages 18 to 24 own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  13. Ninety-five percent of adults ages 30 to 49 own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  14. U.S. adults 65 and older are less likely to own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  15. Seventy-one percent of adults ages 65 to 74 say they own a smartphone. (Pew Research Center)
  16. Only 43 percent of Americans 75 and older are smartphone users. (Pew Research Center)
  17. About three-in-ten adults under 30 are smartphone-dependent. (Pew Research Center)
  18. Smartphone ownership in the U.S. is highest in urban areas, where 89 percent of adults own one, while in rural areas, the ownership rate is 80 percent. (Statista)
  19. Teenagers with a smartphone addiction have a 71 percent higher risk of suicide. (NPR)
  20. Fifty-three percent of kids in the U.S. have a smartphone by age 11. (Common Sense Media))
  21. By age 12, 69 percent of U.S. kids own a smartphone (Common Sense Media)
  22. The number one factor reducing workplace productivity is smartphones. (CBS News)
  23. 75 percent of Americans use their phones when using the restroom. (CNet)
  24. Apple has a 55 percent market share in the U.S. as of July 2022. (statcounter)
  25. The number of apps available in Google Play, the official app store of Android, has increased exponentially from 16,000 in December 2009 to 2.9 million in July 2021. (IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials)
  26. In 2020, global revenue from mobile apps increased to over $318 billion U.S. dollars. (Statista)
  27. The leading smartphone app as of May 2022 is YouTube, which has a 72 percent audience reach. (Statista)
  28. Facebook ranked second with a usage of 57 percent in the U.S., and Google Maps has a usage rate of 56 percent. (Statista) 
  29. By 2025, 44.2 percent of online purchases will occur over a mobile device. (Insider Intelligence)

The bottom line

Research shows that the popularity and dependency on smartphones will only increase in future years. Companies are taking advantage of this fact and are doing what they can to meet their customers’ needs on their smartphones.

If you’re looking for more statistics, check out our blog on business texting statistics.

Sources: Statista, Pew Research Center, Insider Intellegence, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Common Sense Media, CNet, statcounter, CBSNews, Small Business Trends, Comscore, Asurion, Litmus, and Reviews

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