Global Mobile eCommerce Statistics, Trends & Forecasts

Updated Nov 2022

Retail Ecommerce Sales Worldwide

Total and as a % of total retail sales

$4.9 Trillion
$5.54 Trillion
$6.15 Trillion
$6.77 Trillion
$7.39 Trillion



Global Ecommerce Forecast 2022
Jan 2022


Mobile ecommerce is expected to make up 10.4% of all retail sales in the US by 2025

The chart on the right shows how mCommerce has grown over recent years, expected to claim over 10% of total retail sales in the US by 2025. 

According to research from Insider Intelligence mCommerce sales totalled $359 billion in 2021, an increase of 15.2% over 2020.

Mobile transactions are expected to account for 44.2% of retail eCommerce sales ($728 billion) in the US in 2025. 

Retail Mcommerce Sales Share in the US, 2018-2025 (% of total retail sales)

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Insider Intelligence

Mcommerce: How Rapid Growth Will Continue to Transform Retail.

Published May 2021.

Note: includes products or services ordered using online via mobile devices, regardless of the method of payment or fulfillment. Excludes travel and event tickets, payments such as bill pay, taxes, or money transfers, food services and drinking place sales, gambling, and other vice goods sales.


UK’s mCommerce market is expected to increase by over 55% from 2020 - 2024

In the UK,  it is estimated that mobile eCommerce revenue will surpass $135 billion by 2024, as shown in the chart. 

If this estimate is accurate, the UK’s mCommerce turnover will increase by over 55% compared to just 15.5% on point-of-sale terminals. 

Retail Mcommerce Sales Share in the US, 2018-2025

(% of total retail sales)

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Published April 2022


Proximity Payments

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Nearly 50% of smartphone users are using proximity payments globally

The transition to cash-free society took a big jump forwards thanks to the pandemic. As can be seen in the graph, it is predicted that 1.5 billion smartphone users will be using proximity payments in 2025.

Mobile proximity payments are defined as using a mobile device to make an in-store or point of sale payment using mobile wallets and technology like near-field communication (NFC).

Apple Pay, Google Pay, and magnetic secure transmission (MST) payments like Samsung Pay or sound waves-based/signal-based payments are all good examples of proximity payment methods.

What mobile proximity payments aren’t, is when shoppers use smartphones to purchase something online through a payment processor (e.g. via PayPal or entering credit card details).


Mobile Phone Users Who Have Made At Least One Proximity Payment Worldwide (2020 - 2025)

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July 2021

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Nearly 9 in 10 smartphone users use proximity payments in China

The sudden rise in mobile proximity payment adoption has been spurred by an incredibly large uptick in China:

It was estimated that 87.3% of smartphone users in China had used mobile proximity payments in 2021. This was almost double the number of users in South Korea (45.6%) and the US (43.2%).

While contactless payments are incredibly popular in the UK, mobile proximity payments are failing to gain traction with older generations. In 2020, over 50% of 16 to 34-year-olds were registered for mobile payments, compared to 11% of those over 65. Overall, nearly a third of all UK adults are registered for mobile proximity payments.

Mobile Phone Users Who Have Made At Least One Proximity Payment By Country (2019 - 2021)

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July 2021

Mobile Payment Methods

Forecast annual mobile wallet spend by 2024
$ 0 Trillion
of the world’s population to be making digital wallet payments by 2024
Increase in digital wallet
payments 2019-2024
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Digital wallets are also increasingly popular for eCommerce payments

As the chart shows, digital wallets have continued to grow in popularity between 2020 and 2021, projected to represent over half of all eCommerce transactions globally by 2025.

Globally digital wallets are now much more popular than card payments for POS payments

Digital wallets were responsible for 29% of all POS payments across the world in 2021.  In comparison, 24% of payments were made by credit cards, 23% by debit cards and 18% by cash. 

This trend is only predicted to continue, with digital wallets taking 39% of the share by 2025.

Global Ecommerce & POS payment methods 2021 - 2025

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Spending on mobile apps is expected to exceed $50 billion in the US by 2026 but the growth rate is slowing

In-app spending has increased from $30.4 billion in 2020 to a projected $42.3 billion in 2022. By 2026, in-app spending is expected to reach $52.1 billion.

This is not surprising when a survey of 400 app users surveyed by 57.5% prefer to use a purpose-built mobile app instead of a mobile-friendly website and 74% claimed that purchasing products was their most-used feature.

Total Annual Spending On In-App Purchases By US Smartphone Users

2020 - 2026

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Mobile App Users and Monetization 2022

Published April 2022

Mobile vs Desktop Traffic

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Mobile share of total online traffic continues to grow globally

This chart shows how the mobile share of global online traffic continues to pull away from desktops from Jan 2016 to Nov 2022. 

However, it is important to appreciate the variance within this global average (click on the US and UK tabs to see their charts).

The proportion of traffic from mobile and desktop devices in the US and UK is pretty even as of November 2022. 

The high global average of mobile traffic is largely influenced by Asia where around 70% of online traffic is from mobile devices.

Desktop vs Mobile Market Share (Jan 2016 - Nov 2022)

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Browser Market Share Worldwide

The smaller the screen size, the larger the cart abandonment rate

Despite more users using mobiles to make purchases, they are more likely to fail to complete purchases compared to desktops and desktops.

Data Source: Barilliance


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