What Browsers Should You Test Your Website With?

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Check how your site performs on the most popular mobile, desktop and tablet internet browsers:

  1. Chrome
  2. Safari
  3. Firefox
  4. Samsung Internet
  5. UC Browser
  6. Opera
  7. IE
  8. Edge

Desktop vs Mobile vs Tablet Market Share Worldwide

Desktop vs Mobile vs Tablet Market Share Worldwide May 2019 - May 2020

Desktop vs Mobile vs Tablet Market Share Worldwide

  1. Mobile – 50.48%
  2. Desktop – 46.51%
  3. Tablet – 3%

Browser Market Share Worldwide

Browser Market Share Worldwide May 2019 - May 2020

Browser Market Share Worldwide

  1. Chrome – 63.93%
  2. Safari – 18.19%
  3. Firefox – 4.38%
  4. Samsung Internet – 3.28%
  5. UC Browser – 2%
  6. Opera – 1.92%
  7. IE – 1.4%

Desktop Browser Market Share Worldwide

Desktop Browser Market Share Worldwide May 2019 - May 2020

Desktop Browser Market Share Worldwide

  1. Chrome – 68.33%
  2. Safari – 9.4%
  3. Firefox – 8.91%
  4. Edge – 4.41%
  5. IE – 3%

Mobile Browser Market Share Worldwide

Mobile Browser Market Share Worldwide May 2019 - May 2020

Mobile Browser Market Share Worldwide

  1. Chrome – 61.61%
  2. Safari – 24.45%
  3. Samsung Internet – 6.51%
  4. UC Browser – 3.79%
  5. Opera – 1.55%

Tablet Browser Market Share Worldwide

Tablet Browser Market Share Worldwide May 2019 - May 2020

Tablet Browser Market Share Worldwide

  1. Safari – 49.63%
  2. Chrome – 36.35%
  3. Android – 11.75%
  4. Firefox – 0.75%
  5. Opera – 0.48%

*Note – statistics above are from one (albeit credible) source, so could be skewed in ways we might not know. Graphs supplied by http://statcounter.com/.

Check How Your Site Renders Across Browsers

Site owners and beginners to web design should know from the start that your site will not and cannot look the same in all browsers and operating systems and some visitors on certain devices will run into some sort of difficulty on your site.

Your website CAN’T look the same in ALL of these browsers, but if it looks poor in most of the popular browsers, then you might have a problem.

In fact – Google specifically states in their Webmaster Technical Guidelines that you should:

QUOTE: “Test your site to make sure that it appears correctly in different browsers: Test your site in as many browsers as possible. Write good, clean HTML. Specify your character encoding. Consider accessibility.” Google, 2020

Check The Browsers Your Visitors Prefer Using Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great place to see the browsers your visitors are actually using. Remember – to design to satisfy YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE FIRST.

I can see looking at my stats a few unexpected browsers.

It is worth pointing out – I have a very tech-savvy audience – more likely to have modern operating systems with the latest browsers.

You may not.

It is an essential element of good website design that you test your website and how it looks or ‘renders’ in as many web browsers as possible – though it is worth remembering it is impossible to design a website to look exactly the same in all browsers.

Most Popular Browsers Used By Website Visitors

The following sample of the most popular browsers used by almost half a million visitors to this site in the first 6 months of 2020:

BrowserVisits (451,685)
1Chrome346,966(76.95%)
2Safari51,151(11.34%)
3Firefox31,302(6.94%)
4Edge7,131(1.58%)
5Opera4,427(0.98%)
6Samsung Internet2,860(0.63%)
7Internet Explorer1,678(0.37%)
8Android Webview1,304(0.29%)
9(not set)1,264(0.28%)
10UC Browser699(0.16%)
11Safari (in-app)665(0.15%)
12Opera Mini552(0.12%)
13Mozilla Compatible Agent226(0.05%)
14YaBrowser218(0.05%)
15Coc Coc145(0.03%)
16Amazon Silk81(0.02%)
1746(0.01%)
18Mozilla39(0.01%)
19Puffin38(0.01%)
20Android Browser18(0.00%)
21Hexometer17(0.00%)
22Maxthon10(0.00%)
23SeaMonkey10(0.00%)
24wget9(0.00%)
25BlackBerry5(0.00%)
26e.ventures Investment Crawler4(0.00%)
27Playstation 44(0.00%)
28Mozilla3(0.00%)
29notset3(0.00%)
30Seoradar3(0.00%)
31Android Runtime2(0.00%)
32Microsoft Office PowerPoint 20142(0.00%)
33AdobeAIR1(0.00%)
34Apple-iPhone7C21(0.00%)
35candroid1(0.00%)
36gimee gimeex gimeexx gimeexxx1(0.00%)
37Googlebot1(0.00%)
38LINER1(0.00%)
39Lunascape1(0.00%)
40MRCHROME1(0.00%)
41Nintendo Browser1(0.00%)
42Nokia Browser1(0.00%)
43python-requests1(0.00%)
44Raluca1(0.00%)
45samedi-classic1(0.00%)
46Sansui_DF45S11(0.00%)

Browser Compatibility Testing Tools

The following online test sites enable you to view your website using multiple computer setups including windows and mac Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari.

Chrome

QUOTE: “The URL Inspection tool provides information about Google’s indexed version of a specific page. Information includes AMP errors, structured data errors, and indexing issues.” Google 2020

Netrenderer

QUOTE: “NetRenderer allows you to check how a website is rendered by Internet Explorer 11, 10, 9,8, 7, 6, or 5.5, as seen from a high speed datacenter located in Germany.” NetRenderer 2020

BrowserShots

QUOTE: “Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different operating systems and browsers: Arora, Chrome, Dillo, Epiphany, Firefox, Konqueror, Iceape, Iceweasel, Links, Luakit, Lynx, Opera, Rekonq and Seamonkey browsers for Linux; Chrome, Firefox,MSIE (Microsoft Internet Explorer) and Opera browsers for Windows; and Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers for Apple mac operating systems.” BrowserShots, 2020

BrowserStack

QUOTE: “Live, Web-Based Browser Testing” BrowserStack, 2020