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It’s hard to overstate the importance of web browsers in the modern world. We use them to do everything from keeping in touch with friends and family to doing our work and shopping. They’re the gateway that allows us to access the wealth of information and services that the internet has to offer.

But what are web browsers, and how do they work? At their most basic, web browsers are simply software programs that allow us to view web pages. When we enter a web address into a browser, it contacts the server where that web page is hosted and requests the page data.

The browser then interprets that data and displays it on our screen. That may sound like a simple process, but it’s actually quite complex.

Web browsers have to be able to interpret a wide variety of code languages and display multimedia content such as images and videos. They also have to be fast and responsive, as we expect them to be.

In short, web browsers are essential tools that we use every day, and they’ve come a long way in a short time.

Key Browser Statistics and Facts

Google Chrome is used by an estimated three billion people around the world.
The internet was dominated by browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox until Google Chrome was released in 2008.
There aren’t many web browsers whose user base grows year after year, but Chrome is one of them.
Chrome was downloaded more than 5 billion times on Google Play in 2019.
What if you could earn money by hacking Chrome? Chrome Bounty Program members can earn as much as $30,000 for finding any bugs in the browser.

Browser Usage Statistics

Mobile users will outnumber desktop users when it comes to internet use in December 2020, according to new data from StatCounter.
Between November 2020 and January 2021, there were 5.2 billion visits to US government websites, with 56.6% of those coming from mobile devices, 47.1% using Google Chrome, and 35.2% using iOS. Over 5% of desktop users were still using Internet Explorer in December 2020, according to statistics.
Mobile browser usage is expected to rise from 31.36 percent in 2015 to 50.81 percent by the year 2020, according to Statista.

Mobile Browser Statistics

As the default browser on iOS devices (iPhones and iPads), Safari is the second most popular mobile browser, closely followed by Chrome.
In December 2021, Safari was the most popular internet browser for tablet users (44.57 percent).
One billion people have downloaded Samsung’s Internet Browser.
Mobile users will spend an average of 155 minutes on the internet in 2021, compared to 37 minutes for desktop users.

Browser Market Share Statistics

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser by a wide margin, with nearly seven out of ten people using it.
Opera is by far the least used browser on the market.
Google Chrome is the most popular mobile browser in the world, with a market share of 67%.
Over 5 million mobile internet users had installed Chrome by the middle of June of this year.
More than 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos, and 28 billion photos and videos are uploaded every week. Between October 2019 and 2030, the number of people using mobile internet grew by 102 million.
South Korea has the fastest mobile connection (mobile) speed, which is 121 Mbps.

Security of Browsers Statistics

More than 250 million warnings are shown to users each day about malicious or hacked websites.
As many as 4 billion people use Google’s Safe Browsing service to keep their browsers safe from malware.
Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari all take 15 days or less to get security updates, while Safari takes 54 days or more.
UC Browser, with over 400 million users worldwide, is the most widely used browser for blocking ads.
Google has detected more than 40,000 phishing and malware sites every day since the end of 2020.
As of January 2021, Firefox has 1873 vulnerabilities, while Chrome has 1858.
The average cost of a data breach in 2020 is expected to be $3.86 million.
Hackers gained access to 3 billion Yahoo accounts in 2021, making it the second-largest data breach in history.


Most people are familiar with a handful of web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, UC Browser (formerly known as UC Browser), and Samsung Internet (formerly known as Samsung Internet).

There are still some people who use Internet Explorer, but it is no longer considered a major player in the market. As a result, Edge has the potential to be a game changer for Microsoft.

We used several different resources for compiling this interesting list of browser statistics, including: 

  • Statista
  • Techjury
  • Backlinko
  • FinancesOnline
  • StatCounter Its FOSS News
  • Stack Exchange


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