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Safari tops 1 billion users, still dwarfed by Google Chrome

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What you need to know

  • A new report says Safari has 1 billion users.
  • That would give is a 19.16% share among internet users.
  • It remains dwarfed by Google Chrome's 3.3 billion users.

A new report says that 19% of all internet users now use Safari, giving it more than 1 billion users for the first time.

AtlasVPN (opens in new tab) reports Tuesday:

According to the findings by the Atlas VPN team, 1,006,232,879 internet users (19.16% of all internet users) now use the Safari browser, making it the second browser with over a billion users. Nevertheless, Google Chrome firmly remains at the top as the most popular browser.The statistics are based on the GlobalStats browser market share percentage, which was then converted into numbers using the Internet World Stats internet user metric to retrieve the exact numbers.

Those figures give Safari a nearly-20% share of internet browsers, but it's still no match for Google Chrome's mammoth 3.3 billion userbase. As the report notes, Safari ships as Apple's standard browser on all of its best iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and has been boosted recently by a slew of welcome privacy features including Intelligent Tracking Prevention and more.

Down the order, Microsoft Edge has overtaken Firefox with 212 million users, atlasVPN says this could be because of Windows 11 and how tricky it is to change the default browser on Microsoft's latest Windows version.

With WWDC 2022 just around the corner, Apple might well announce even more new features and upgrades for Safari as part of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, which are all set to get their next iterations at Apple's annual conference next week.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.