The most popular mobile browsers

A well thought-out mobile strategy needs to take into account many characteristics of mobile users’ behaviour.

With some analysis of mobile traffic from websites powered by DeviceAtlas, we can shed some light on the most popular mobile browsers in the largest markets.

An effective mobile strategy starts with traffic analytics

The first step when creating a mobile strategy is understanding your existing and future mobile traffic. It's particularly important before approaching a new market, given different characteristics across countries and territories.

DeviceAtlas’ Data Explorer can provide you with insights into mobile users’ behaviour in countries across the world.

Safari competes with Chrome Mobile in most cases

The two most popular mobile browsers across the globe are Safari and Chrome, by some distance.

  • Safari ranks first in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Canada and Singapore.
  • Chrome Mobile is most popular in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Poland.

The Chrome v Safari trend closely follows that of Android v iOS. However, choice of OS isn't the only factor. For example Chrome Mobile is officially available for both Android and iOS devices, whereas an Android user looking to use Safari is out of luck.

The following charts are based on mobile web traffic (excluding tablet) over Q4 2018 to a global network of partner websites using the DeviceAtlas device detection platform.

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Argentina

Country Position Browser Share
Argentina 1 Chrome Mobile 63.16%
Argentina 2 Samsung Browser 16.89%
Argentina 3 Safari 14.92%
Argentina 4 IE Mobile 1.73%
Argentina 5 Android Browser 1.12%
Argentina 6 Others 2.17%

 

Australia

Country Position Browser Share
Australia 1 Safari 57.50%
Australia 2 Chrome Mobile 29.57%
Australia 3 Samsung Browser 11.14%
Australia 4 Firefox 0.61%
Australia 5 IE Mobile 0.31%
Australia 6 Others 0.87%

 

Brazil

Country Position Browser Share
Brazil 1 Chrome Mobile 53.86%
Brazil 2 Safari 23.34%
Brazil 3 Samsung Browser 16.21%
Brazil 4 Android Browser 1.70%
Brazil 5 IE Mobile 0.99%
Brazil 6 Others 3.91%

 

Canada

Country Position Browser Share
Canada 1 Safari 57.33%
Canada 2 Chrome Mobile 27.60%
Canada 3 Samsung Browser 13.56%
Canada 4 Firefox 0.62%
Canada 5 Android Browser 0.33%
Canada 6 Others 0.57%

 

Colombia

Country Position Browser Share
Colombia 1 Chrome Mobile 59.09%
Colombia 2 Safari 23.40%
Colombia 3 Samsung Browser 13.23%
Colombia 4 Android Browser 2.31%
Colombia 5 IE Mobile 0.41%
Colombia 6 Others 1.56%

 

Denmark

Country Position Browser Share
Denmark 1 Safari 52.06%
Denmark 2 Chrome Mobile 35.88%
Denmark 3 Samsung Browser 8.93%
Denmark 4 Firefox 0.72%
Denmark 5 Opera Mobile 0.64%
Denmark 6 Others 1.76%

 

Egypt

Country Position Browser Share
Egypt 1 Chrome Mobile 61.96%
Egypt 2 Samsung Browser 19.14%
Egypt 3 Safari 11.05%
Egypt 4 Android Browser 3.49%
Egypt 5 IE Mobile 1.32%
Egypt 6 Others 3.03%

 

Finland

Country Position Browser Share
Finland 1 Safari 41.23%
Finland 2 Chrome Mobile 40.28%
Finland 3 Samsung Browser 12.41%
Finland 4 Firefox 2.78%
Finland 5 IE Mobile 1.00%
Finland 6 Others 2.30%

 

France

Country Position Browser Share
France 1 Safari 47.88%
France 2 Chrome Mobile 35.49%
France 3 Samsung Browser 12.76%
France 4 Firefox 1.23%
France 5 Android Browser 0.82%
France 6 Others 1.82%

 

Germany

Country Position Browser Share
Germany 1 Safari 34.97%
Germany 2 Chrome Mobile 32.91%
Germany 3 Samsung Browser 26.05%
Germany 4 Firefox 3.08%
Germany 5 Android Browser 1.01%
Germany 6 Others 1.98%

 

India

Country Position Browser Share
India 1 Chrome Mobile 55.87%
India 2 Samsung Browser 11.78%
India 3 MIUI Browser 10.11%
India 4 Safari 8.93%
India 5 UC Browser 5.17%
India 6 Others 8.12%

 

Indonesia

Country Position Browser Share
Indonesia 1 Chrome Mobile 57.43%
Indonesia 2 Samsung Browser 17.24%
Indonesia 3 Safari 9.99%
Indonesia 4 MIUI Browser 5.74%
Indonesia 5 Android Browser 3.55%
Indonesia 6 Others 6.04%

 

Ireland

Country Position Browser Share
Ireland 1 Safari 52.34%
Ireland 2 Chrome Mobile 32.30%
Ireland 3 Samsung Browser 10.09%
Ireland 4 Android Browser 3.60%
Ireland 5 Firefox 0.55%
Ireland 6 Others 1.12%

 

Israel

Country Position Browser Share
Israel 1 Chrome Mobile 45.60%
Israel 2 Safari 33.61%
Israel 3 Samsung Browser 17.66%
Israel 4 MIUI Browser 0.90%
Israel 5 Firefox 0.59%
Israel 6 Others 1.63%

 

Italy

Country Position Browser Share
Italy 1 Chrome Mobile 48.24%
Italy 2 Safari 33.03%
Italy 3 Samsung Browser 15.18%
Italy 4 Android Mobile 0.90%
Italy 5 Firefox 0.70%
Italy 6 Others 1.97%

 

Japan

Country Position Browser Share
Japan 1 Safari 66.10%
Japan 2 Chrome Mobile 27.27%
Japan 3 Samsung Browser 3.23%
Japan 4 Android Browser 1.19%
Japan 5 Firefox 0.42%
Japan 6 Others 1.79%

 

Malaysia

Country Position Browser Share
Malaysia 1 Chrome Mobile 51.93%
Malaysia 2 Safari 25.40%
Malaysia 3 Samsung Browser 15.59%
Malaysia 4 Opera Mobile 2.39%
Malaysia 5 MIUI Browser 2.27%
Malaysia 6 Others 2.43%

 

Mexico

Country Position Browser Share
Mexico 1 Chrome Mobile 52.12%
Mexico 2 Safari 33.04%
Mexico 3 Samsung Browser 11.08%
Mexico 4 Android Browser 1.67%
Mexico 5 IE Mobile 0.37%
Mexico 6 Others 1.72%

 

Netherlands

Country Position Browser Share
Netherlands 1 Safari 45.45%
Netherlands 2 Chrome Mobile 31.14%
Netherlands 3 Samsung Browser 21.25%
Netherlands 4 Firefox 0.68%
Netherlands 5 Android Browser 0.55%
Netherlands 6 Others 0.94%

 

Nigeria

Country Position Browser Share
Nigeria 1 Chrome Mobile 51.48%
Nigeria 2 Safari 20.62%
Nigeria 3 Samsung Browser 11.61%
Nigeria 4 Nokia S40 Browser 3.43%
Nigeria 5 Opera Mobile 2.79%
Nigeria 6 Others 10.08%

 

Norway

Country Position Browser Share
Norway 1 Safari 54.47%
Norway 2 Chrome Mobile 25.47%
Norway 3 Samsung Browser 15.21%
Norway 4 Firefox 1.25%
Norway 5 Opera Mobile 1.22%
Norway 6 Others 2.37%

 

Philippines

Country Position Browser Share
Philippines 1 Chrome Mobile 49.40%
Philippines 2 Safari 36.70%
Philippines 3 Samsung Browser 10.34%
Philippines 4 Opera Mobile 1.35%
Philippines 5 Android Browser 1.00%
Philippines 6 Others 1.21%

 

Poland

Country Position Browser Share
Poland 1 Chrome Mobile 64.18%
Poland 2 Safari 18.38%
Poland 3 Samsung Browser 11.79%
Poland 4 MIUI Browser 1.65%
Poland 5 Firefox 1.43%
Poland 6 Others 2.57%

 

Romania

Country Position Browser Share
Romania 1 Chrome Mobile 56.89%
Romania 2 Samsung Browser 19.69%
Romania 3 Safari 19.51%
Romania 4 Android Browser 1.21%
Romania 5 Firefox 0.59%
Romania 6 Others 2.11%

 

Russia

Country Position Browser Share
Russia 1 Safari 36.23%
Russia 2 Chrome Mobile 34.85%
Russia 3 Samsung Browser 10.47%
Russia 4 Yandex Browser 8.47%
Russia 5 MIUI Browser 3.68%
Russia 6 Others 6.30%

 

Singapore

Country Position Browser Share
Singapore 1 Safari 50.88%
Singapore 2 Chrome Mobile 30.57%
Singapore 3 Samsung Browser 13.96%
Singapore 4 Android Browser 1.44%
Singapore 5 Opera Mobile 0.72%
Singapore 6 Others 2.42%

 

South Africa

Country Position Browser Share
South Africa 1 Chrome Mobile 37.31%
South Africa 2 Safari 30.51%
South Africa 3 Samsung Browser 21.80%
South Africa 4 Opera Mobile 3.06%
South Africa 5 Firefox 2.93%
South Africa 6 Others 4.38%

 

South Korea

Country Position Browser Share
South Korea 1 Chrome Mobile 36.51%
South Korea 2 Safari 32.71%
South Korea 3 Samsung Browser 19.41%
South Korea 4 Firefox 2.69%
South Korea 5 Android Browser 2.09%
South Korea 6 Others 6.59%

 

Spain

Country Position Browser Share
Spain 1 Chrome Mobile 55.50%
Spain 2 Safari 29.34%
Spain 3 Samsung Browser 11.48%
Spain 4 MIUI Browser 1.06%
Spain 5 Android Browser 0.76%
Spain 6 Others 1.86%

 

Sweden

Country Position Browser Share
Sweden 1 Safari 55.56%
Sweden 2 Chrome Mobile 29.04%
Sweden 3 Samsung Browser 11.47%
Sweden 4 Firefox 1.61%
Sweden 5 Android Browser 0.97%
Sweden 6 Others 1.36%

 

Thailand

Country Position Browser Share
Thailand 1 Safari 48.75%
Thailand 2 Chrome Mobile 34.20%
Thailand 3 Samsung Browser 13.55%
Thailand 4 Opera Mobile 1.07%
Thailand 5 Samsung Browser 0.61%
Thailand 6 Others 1.84%

 

Turkey

Country Position Browser Share
Turkey 1 Chrome Mobile 48.53%
Turkey 2 Safari 33.02%
Turkey 3 Samsung Browser 16.09%
Turkey 4 Android Browser 1.03%
Turkey 5 MIUI Browser 0.26%
Turkey 6 Others 1.06%

 

Ukraine

Country Position Browser Share
Ukraine 1 Chrome Mobile 54.78%
Ukraine 2 Safari 21.32%
Ukraine 3 Samsung Browser 9.10%
Ukraine 4 MIUI Browser 4.91%
Ukraine 5 Opera Mobile 2.28%
Ukraine 6 Others 7.63%

 

United Kingdom

Country Position Browser Share
United Kingdom 1 Safari 56.91%
United Kingdom 2 Chrome Mobile 26.28%
United Kingdom 3 Samsung Browser 13.69%
United Kingdom 4 Firefox 0.62%
United Kingdom 5 Android Browser 0.55%
United Kingdom 6 Others 1.96%

 

United States

Country Position Browser Share
United States 1 Safari 61.62%
United States 2 Chrome Mobile 27.76%
United States 3 Samsung Browser 8.11%
United States 4 Android Browser 1.21%
United States 5 Firefox 0.53%
United States 6 Others 0.77%

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