October 9, 2018

Technology use in Africa: Smartphones

% of adults who own a smartphone
(Countries surveyed in Africa are highlighted in green)

Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States 56 55 67 72 77
Canada -- -- 67 72 71
France -- -- 49 58 62
Germany -- -- 60 66 72
Greece -- -- -- 46 53
Hungary -- -- -- 49 61
Italy -- -- 60 63 67
Netherlands -- -- -- 79 80
Poland 21 29 41 52 57
Spain -- -- 71 79 79
Sweden -- -- -- 80 80
United Kingdom -- -- 68 72 72
Russia 23 33 45 -- 59
Australia -- -- 77 79 82
China 37 55 58 68 --
India 12 14 17 18 22
Indonesia 11 15 21 -- 27
Japan -- -- 39 55 59
Philippines 17 20 22 -- 44
South Korea -- -- 88 -- 94
Vietnam -- 24 35 -- 53
Israel -- -- 74 -- 83
Jordan 38 41 51 -- 76
Lebanon 45 48 52 -- 80
Tunisia 12 12 -- -- 27
Turkey 17 -- 59 -- 69
Ghana 15 14 21 -- 35
Kenya 19 15 26 -- 30
Nigeria 19 27 28 -- 32
Senegal 13 15 19 -- 34
South Africa 33 34 37 -- 51
Tanzania -- 8 11 -- 13
Argentina 34 34 48 -- 65
Brazil 15 24 41 -- 54
Chile 39 58 65 -- 72
Colombia -- 27 -- -- 56
Mexico 21 28 35 -- 42
Peru -- 16 25 -- 41
Venezuela 31 39 45 -- 38

Note: “--” indicates data not available for this year. Internet use is based on individuals who report either using the internet occasionally or owning a smartphone. Percentages are based on total sample.
Source: Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. Q63, Q64, Q65 & Q71. U.S. data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018. China data from Spring 2016 Global Attitudes Survey.