Google Chrome Statistics for 2021

Google Chrome Statistics for 2021

Brian Dean

by Brian Dean · Updated Mar. 08, 2021

Google Chrome Statistics

The Google Chrome web browser was publicly released in 2008. Originally only available for Microsoft Windows, support for macOS, Linux, and mobile platforms quickly followed.

By mid-2012, Chrome was the most popular browser worldwide. It has been the dominant player in the category ever since.

Read on to discover all of the important Google Chrome statistics for 2021. Here’s a summary of what we’ll cover:

Chrome Stats (Top Picks)

  • Chrome is currently the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users. That’s up from 1.29 billion in 2014.
    Chrome is the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users
  • Chrome has a worldwide browser market share of 63.58%.
  • In the US, the Chrome share of browser usage is 46.32%.
  • 137,345 extensions are available for Chrome.

Chrome market share worldwide

Google Chrome has a global browser market share of 63.58% across all device types. A slight decrease from the 64.6% share registered in 2019.

Google Chrome has a global browser market share of 63.58% across all device types

For comparison, the second most popular browser worldwide (Safari) has a market share of 19.37%.

Google Chrome claimed more than half of the global browser market share within its first decade. Chrome’s share grew more than 16x over this period, from 3.23% in 2009 to more than half of the worldwide market (53.96%) in 2017.

Google Chrome market share

Here’s a table showing the Google Chrome browser market share (across all device types) since 2009:

Note: Table includes incomplete data for 2021.
Year Market share
2009 3.23%
2010 9.95%
2011 19.79%
2012 29.3%
2013 34.67%
2014 38.94%
2015 44.87%
2016 49.08%
2017 53.96%
2018 59.12%
2019 63.31%
2020 64.6%
2021 63.58%

Among mobile users, Chrome has a slightly lower market share of 62.48%. Chrome’s presence in the mobile browser market has nonetheless grown significantly in recent years.

Google Chrome mobile browser market share

We’ve charted the growth in Chrome’s mobile browser market share since 2012:

Note: Table includes incomplete data for 2021.
Year Market share
2012 0.35%
2013 3.98%
2014 21.25%
2015 33.58%
2016 38.38%
2017 48.86%
2018 54.14%
2019 60.14%
2020 62.5%
2021 62.48%

Chrome has a tablet browser market share of 42.5%, which is the lowest among all device types (excluding games consoles).

Even so, Chrome is still the second most popular browser among tablet users. Safari leads the way with a slightly higher market share of 43.52%.

Google Chrome browser market share among tablet users

Despite being in second place, Chrome usage on tablets has significantly grown in recent years. Market share has increased from 16.8% in 2015 to 42.5% today.

We’ve prepared a table showing the growth in Chrome browser market share among tablet users:

Note: Table includes incomplete data for 2021.
Year Market share
2012 3.96%
2013 6.87%
2014 11.8%
2015 16.8%
2016 19.41%
2017 23.73%
2018 23.46%
2019 23.82%
2020 37.21%
2021 42.5%

Source: Statcounter GlobalStats.

Chrome market share in the US

Chrome has a 46.32% share of the US browser market. The US share is significantly lower than the 63.58% cut Chrome enjoys worldwide.

Chrome has a 46.32% share of the US browser market

The second most used browser in the US is Safari, which has a 38.24% market share.

Chrome’s US presence has been in slight decline for the last 3 years, dropping from an all-time high of 49.4% registered in 2018.

Google Chrome market share in the US

Here’s the historical data on Chrome’s market share in the US since 2009:

Note: Table includes incomplete data for 2021.
Year Market share
2009 2.99%
2010 8.58%
2011 14.92%
2012 20.81%
2013 26.65%
2014 31.36%
2015 38.38%
2016 43.4%
2017 45.27%
2018 49.4%
2019 49.39%
2020 46.93%
2021 46.32%

Chrome holds a majority of the US desktop search market (58.01%). Safari, the closest competitor, has a market share more than 3 times smaller (19.15%).

Google Chrome desktop browser market share in the US

Here’s a table showing Chrome’s desktop browser market share in the US since 2009:

Note: Table includes incomplete data for 2021.
Year Market share
2009 3.03%
2010 8.95%
2011 16.09%
2012 23.54%
2013 32.08%
2014 36.87%
2015 42.1%
2016 51.4%
2017 55.66%
2018 61.99%
2019 63.17%
2020 58.84%
2021 58.01%

Within the mobile category, Chrome has a usage share of 35.86% in the US, making it the second most popular mobile browser in the country.

Google Chrome mobile browser market share in the US

Safari leads the way on mobile, with a market share of 57.19%.

Here’s a breakdown of Chrome’s mobile browser market share in the US since 2012:

Note: Table includes incomplete data for 2021.
Year Market share
2012 0.44%
2013 5.48%
2014 24.22%
2015 38.7%
2016 36.56%
2017 39.13%
2018 40.56%
2019 40.09%
2020 37.24%
2021 35.86%

Source: Statcounter GlobalStats.

Number of Chrome users

An estimated 2.65 billion internet users globally use Chrome as their primary browser. The user base has grown by 0.48% compared to last year.

Number of Google Chrome users

In fact, Chrome has added 1.36 billion new users in the last 6 years. As a result, the Chrome browser market share has more than doubled since 2014.

Here’s a table with Chrome user growth since 2014:

Year Number of users
2014 1.29 billion
2015 1.54 billion
2016 1.88 billion
2017 2.07 billion
2018 2.4 billion
2019 2.64 billion
2020 2.65 billion

Source: Statista.

Chrome app importance for Americans

Chrome is ranked as the 6th most important mobile app among American users, according to an AudienceProject survey. A 6% share of respondents agreed that Chrome is the app they could least do without.

To put it in perspective, Facebook, which finished first in the survey, was named the most essential app by 17% of respondents.

Source: AudienceProject.

Number of Chrome extensions

There are 137,345 Chrome extensions available for installation from the Chrome Web Store. An additional 39,263 themes are available for download.

86.3% (118,526) of Chrome extensions have less than 1,000 users. Only 1.79% (2,459) have more than 100,000 users.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the average popularity of Chrome extensions:

Number of users Number of Chrome extensions
Less than 100 95,492 (69.53% of total)
Between 100 and 1,000 22,584 (16.44% of total)
More than 1,000 10,523 (7.66% of total)
More than 10,000 5,950 (4.33% of total)
More than 100,000 2,459 (1.79% of total)
More than 1 million 337 (0.24% of total)

Source: DebugBear.

Number of Chrome extensions developed by Google

There are 45 Chrome extensions developed by Google available for download as of February 2021.

A total of 10 extensions developed by Google (22.22%) have more than 1 million users.

Source: Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Web Store

The Google Chrome mobile app was downloaded 8.8 million times across iOS & Android platforms in January 2021.

Most of the downloads (8 million) came from the App Store, while the remaining 800 thousand installs came from Android users via Google Play.

Google Chrome has more than 5 billion lifetime installs on Google Play, a milestone it passed in July 2019. It is the 6th most popular app on the Play Store.

Source: Sensor Tower, Androidrank.

Conclusion

You made it! That’s it for my Google Chrome stats roundup.

Hopefully, you’ve learned something new about Chrome from these facts and figures. The browser has an incredible growth story and continues to be the top player in the market. It will be interesting to see whether it can sustain its position of dominance in years to come.

Now I’d like to hear from you:

Any queries or comments? What else would you like to find on this statistics page?

And do you think Chrome can fend off the challenge from the likes of Safari?

Feel free to leave any thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

2 Comments

  1. I don’t think Chrome will grow further than this. These days more and more people are switching to more privacy-conscious alternatives like Brave.

    Still going to be interesting to see what new changes they will bring to avoid that from happening… it seems the cookie thing + push notification kill might keep some people at bay for now..

    1. Brian Dean Avatar Brian Deansays:

      Agreed. They might grow a little bit more. But there’s honestly not that much growth left in the browser space.

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