We think it is safe to say that almost everyone has heard of Instagram. After all, this photo and video sharing social media platform has over 1 billion monthly active users across the world.
But have you ever wondered how many people have Instagram in the UK? Or how it can help you grow your small business? What about how many people shop on Instagram?
The answers to these questions and many more can be found in our Instagram statistics, so make sure you keep reading.
According to Statista, 34.6 million individuals used Instagram in the UK in May 2022 alone. That is over thirteen million more since March 2019 when Instagram saw the biggest drop in the number of users — from approximately 24 to 21 million.
Judging by DataReportal’s 2022 report, the number of Instagram users in the UK translates to 46.5% of all adult British internet users. Instagram is significantly lacking behind WhatsApp in terms of reach, but far ahead of Twitter (31.2%) and Snapchat (30.8%).
This photo and video sharing platform is the highest used social media platform by 16 to 24 year olds in 2022 with 81%. Snapchat and TikTok follow behind with 72% and 61%, respectively.
Considering that 92% of people in the UK own a smartphone, the widespread usage of mobiles to access social media should come as no surprise. As per UK Instagram usage statistics, over half of Insta-users in the UK access the site through their mobile. Most of them (61.1%) use iPhones, while 42.1% use Android devices to log onto the site.
In 2022, the biggest share of Instagram users is made up of people between the ages of 25 and 34, at 30.8%. Right after them are users aged 18 to 25 (23.9%). The smallest share of people using Instagram, however, are adults over 65 years of age with 2.6%.
In DataReportal’s 2022 Digital report, 56.3% of respondents aged 16+ stated they use Instagram regularly, which was at fourth place behind WhatsApp with 74.8%, Facebook at 73.5%, and Facebook Messenger at 58.5%
55.5% of people who go on Insta are female, and 44.5% are male, making women the majority of Instagram users. Gender demographics are similar across most social media networks in the UK. In fact, with the exception of Twitter and Linkedin, all social networking sites in the UK have more female than male users.
Who uses Instagram the most in terms of annual income?
Reports found that 52% of UK online adults earning over £48k a year were Instagram users, the highest of all income groups. By contrast, only 38% of those with an annual income lower than £14,000 used Instagram in 2018.
With over 74 million followers, David Beckham is at second place as the one of the most followed British celebrities on Instagram. Dua Lipa takes the first spot with over 86 million followers. Right behind her is the Harry Potter star Emma Watson with more than 67 million followers.
With a 7.2% engagement rate and 3.2 million likes per post, American rapper Travis Scott is ranked number one among the most popular Instagram accounts in the UK. Judging by Instagram follower statistics, actress Dove Cameron comes next with 2.2 million likes, while singer and songwriter Shawn Mendez, with 2.1 million likes per post, is third on the list.
Chosen by 86% of respondents in a 2020 Statista survey, Instagram is the second most commonly used platform by influencers and bloggers to share and promote content. Blogs take the first place (used by 97% of respondents), while Twitter, preferred by 80%, is ranked third.
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According to Instagram facts and stats by Business Of Apps, 97% of British influencers are active on Instagram, opposed to the USA and Germany, where influencers are 100% active.
However, when it comes to user interaction, a survey from the UK, US, and Germany reveals that 94% engage with influencers on the platform on a weekly basis.
A large proportion of UK individuals on Instagram use this social media platform to follow various brands and businesses, emphasising the value this site has to marketers. Companies can use Instagram to promote specific products and engage users to boost sales and increase brand awareness.
Over half of small business owners in the UK see Instagram as a tool for growing their business. What’s more, Instagram facts and figures show that one in three owners of small businesses in the UK declare that the site has helped them get noticed and increase their profits.
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Instagram statistics from the UK, US and Germany indicate that 11% of users believe the site’s influencer marketing will increase online shopping. Younger generations are even more convinced of this; a quarter of 16 to 24-year-olds think influencer marketing on Instagram is very likely to result in more purchases.
A comprehensive survey carried out in Brazil, Indonesia, the US and the UK says that one in three of the most-viewed Instagram Stories come from businesses instead of individuals. On top of that, over one in three respondents became more involved in a brand or product after they saw it in Instagram stories, stats report.
Roughly 39% of Brits aged 16 to 24 who shop online use Instagram Shopping. The number of people who use Instagram Shopping declines with age, though. Namely, 34% of the shoppers aged 25 to 34 use this service, as do 21% of those in the 35-44 age group. Represented only with 8.4%, UK Instagram statistics suggest that shoppers between 45 and 55, barely use Instagram Shopping.
Suppose Instagram influencers have around 108,200 followers and create an average of 4 posts and stories a month. In that case, they can earn up to £32,000 annually from business collaborations, which is the equivalent of an average salary in the UK.
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To get a better understanding of the marketing power of this social media platform in the UK, take a look at the following facts and stats:
(Business of Apps)
Instagram marketing stats show that 55% of marketers in the US, UK and Germany intend to use the platform for influencer marketing in 2021. In this regard, Instagram is only preceded by YouTube — 58% of marketers plan to use this site, which is not surprising, given that YouTube is the highest reaching video-sharing platform in the UK.
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26% of Instagram users in the UK and the US that use Instagram Live are Millennials and Gen Z. This percentage is much higher than the 11% of Instagrammers who use this feature, Instagram analytics and surveys reveal.
Ever since Instagram introduced video sharing, the numbers of people using the site to watch content has increased. In 2019, the share of adults watching videos on Instagram was much higher than YouTube (42%) and TikTok (45%).
In 2022, the estimated time Instagram users spent on the platform was almost 8 hours a month, which was the lowest amount out of the other social media platforms. TikTok is the app with the highest amount of monthly time users spent on it, a staggering 27.3 hours.
A survey involving 60,000 children, aged 4 to 15, tells us that they spend an average of 48 minutes a day on Instagram. This age group spends the most time on YouTube (75 minutes per day) and TikTok (69 minutes per day), thus in terms of Instagram engagement rates, the site is ranked third.
(Business of Apps)
It seems that news is not the answer to the question: why do people use Instagram?
UK Insta-users are ranked at the bottom with only 3% of the overall population getting news from this social networking site, unlike Turkey, where 41% of the people turn to Insta for news.
Getting updates and the latest information from this photo-sharing site is more prevalent among younger generations, though — 24% of UK users aged 18-24 use Instagram as a news source.
Want to get more than the normal engagement rate and average likes on Instagram in the UK? According to a survey among thousands of Instagrammers, the best time to post is between 9 am and 11 am on Wednesdays. If you’re set on posting during weekends, research advises doing so between 7 and 8 pm on a Saturday, or from 7 am to 8 am on Sundays.
The most downloaded social media app on Google Play store in 2020 was TikTok with an impressive 219.9 thousand downloads, UK social media statistics for 2021 indicate. Instagram is positioned second, with approximately 132.2 thousand downloads.
It seems like Instagram remains the leading social media platform for interactions in the UK with 7-times higher engagement than Facebook. Still, brands tend to prefer Facebook. Research shows that the 50 most prominent profiles on both platforms post nearly 60% more content on Facebook.
From sharing and following your favourite brands to shopping and growing your small business, these Instagram statistics show that there is no limit to what you can do on this social media platform.
We hope that our selection of Insta facts and statistics helped you learn more about this photo and video sharing service so you can start using it to your advantage.
As a writer for Don’t Disappoint Me, my job is to collect relevant key information and interpret it into a wide range of content. I also have an MSc in Marketing, so I am always trying to expand my knowledge and discover new and exciting areas of digital marketing, SEO and web traffic building. I am a nature enthusiast, so when I’m not researching and analyzing, I love to go hiking with my dogs, camping, or snowboarding. I am a bookaholic as well and have an ongoing obsession with crime TV shows and movies.