Porn’s Operating System Battle

For some geeks, an operating system is like a religion – it defines who they are and how they lead their online life. And indeed some diehards will defend their OS choice to the very end. Our techie friends at Gizmodo wondered just how deeply ingrained an OS might be in the user’s psyche. Could it even affect their online porn viewing habits?

After our previous Battle of the Browsers collaboration turned up some interesting results, the Pornhub statisticians bravely volunteered to go once more into the fray – let the OS Battle commence!

Pornhub Traffic by Operating System

Desktop Divisions

Would you believe that 85% of desktop computers visiting Pornhub run a Windows based operating system? It’s true. And that’s in line with the statistics released by Net Applications in July 2014 that show over 90% of desktop computers run a version of Windows.


More interesting is that nearly 11% of Pornhub desktop users arrive using Apple’s Mac OSX while Net Applications reports that only 6.64% of desktop computers currently run OSX. The numbers for Linux based operating systems are bang-on – 1.7% of Pornhub traffic and 1.7% of desktop penetration as reported by Net Applications in July 2014.

Breaking Through Windows

Due to the large proportion of Windows users, we broke that traffic down into specific OS version numbers. 62% of Pornhub’s Windows users have Windows 7, followed by 16% using Windows XP. 14% have made the transition to Windows 8 (or 8.1) and 6.5% make due with Windows Vista.


Incredibly, 0.5% of our Windows traffic comes from much older Windows versions including NT, 2000 and ME. We even have several thousand monthly visitors still looking for a porn fix with their Windows 95 and 98 based systems.

Phone Proportions

Android dominates smartphones with just shy of 50% of Pornhub’s phone traffic. Apple iPhones running iOS come a close second at just over 40%. Windows based phones currently bring 2.3% of smartphone users to Pornhub and 1.81% use a BlackBerry device.


Tablet Traffic

Oh how the tablets have turned! Apple iPads running iOS are the clear champ with over 77% of Pornhub’s tablet traffic. Android based tablets make a respectable 22% but Windows Surface and BlackBerry tablets barely make a dent at 0.4% and 0.6% respectively.


Game Consoles

Why play BY yourself when you can play WITH yourself? Enter the modern game console in all it’s internet connected web browsing glory. The Pornhub team exhaustively tests every aspect of our site to ensure a consistent experience across all devices and it shows.


Millions of visitors come to Pornhub from their game consoles every month. Playstation reigns champ with nearly 46% of Pornhub’s console traffic. Xbox comes a close second at 41% of gaming visitors. The Nintendo Wii is responsible for 6.4% of users going “Wiiiiii”, followed by handheld devices like the Playstation Vita (4.5%) and Nintendo 3DS (1.4%).

How Long Do They Last?

Desktop Durations

Mac OSX users take their time! At 9 minutes 31 seconds they spend nearly a full minute longer than Windows users (8 minutes 39 seconds) each time they visit Pornhub. Linux users settle into some nice middle ground at 9 minutes 5 seconds. The same holds true for the number of pages viewed. Mac users look at 1.4 pages more than Windows users each time they visit Pornhub, and 1.2 pages more than Linux users.


Smartphone Stamina

When visiting Pornhub from smartphones, Windows users look at well over 10 pages each time. iOS (9.78 pages) and BlackBerry (9.63 pages) follow close behind, but Android comes up a bit short (9.06 pages) When it comes to visit duration, BlackBerry users stick around for a marathon-like 12 minutes. Windows phone users get the job done in 9 min 17 sec followed by a near-tie between Android (8 min 57 sec) and Apple iOS (8 min 53 sec).


Tablet Times

Although the underlying operating systems are largely the same, tablet traffic stacks up a bit different than their smartphone counterparts. Windows tablet users still view the most (9.47 pages) but that’s nearly 1 page less than on phones. Android (8.75 pages) and iOS (9.25 pages) are a half page behind tablets. BlackBerry drops the most to 8.28 pages.


Windows tablet users spend nearly 10 and a half minutes on Pornhub each time the visit, beating out other console users. iPad users aren’t far behind at 10 minutes and 12 seconds, followed by Android (9min 57sec) and BlackBerry (9min 32sec).

Game Consoles

Playstation may bring the most console users to Pornhub, but they sure don’t waste any time, managing to find the right video in only 6.71 pages. Xbox and Nintendo Wii are tied at nearly 8.5 pages, but Playstation Vita users find their way through nearly 10 pages.


When it comes to average time on site, Xbox users stick around the longest at 11 mins 34 sec. Nintendo Wii users take a full minute less, followed by Playstation. Trailing the list are Playstation Vita users who manage to get through their 10 pages in only 8 minutes.

Searches at Home

Windows Watching

Because Windows accounts for 85% of desktop searches, the list reflects many of the top search terms we have found worldwide. Perennial pornstar favorites come out on top for Windows desktop searches. MILF superstar ‘Lisa Ann’ comes out top, followed by ‘Madison Ivy’, ‘Brandi Love’ and ‘Asa Akira’. Other terms like ‘mom’, ‘teen’, ‘massage’ and ‘milf’ round out the top searches. Nationality searches include ‘Japanese’ and ‘French’.


Mac Attract

Just like Windows, Mac OSX users love ‘Lisa Ann’, ‘Madison Ivy’ and ‘Brandi Love’. Taking over the number 4 spot is ‘massage’ and ‘milf’ jumps to number 6, well ahead of ‘teen’ which falls to number 12 on Mac. Two Pornstars making the Mac top 20 (but no other desktop OS) are ‘Riley Reid’ and male pornstar ‘James Deen’. Mac users also like ‘POV’ and ‘squirt’ videos more than Windows users.


Linux Looking

The Linux search list is as multi-cultural as the user base of this open source operating system. Indian pornstar ‘Sunny Leone’ tops the list along with searches for ‘indian’. Later in this article we show that over 23% of Pornhub’s Linux users are based in India.


Other nationalities such as ‘japanese’ and ‘korean’ appear a bit further down the list. It seems fitting that searches for ‘public’ would also make the top 20 list for a largely public domain operating system.

Searches On The Go

Android Admiring

Once again ‘Lisa Ann’ takes the number one spot on Android phones, but sex tape star ‘Kim Kardashian’ came in second. Both of these searches fall further down the list on Android tablets with ‘cartoon’ and ‘lesbian’ taking the top two positions.


Searches for ‘Mimi Faust’ are popular on both Android phones and tablets, but don’t make the top 20 on any Apple iOS devices. The same goes for ‘gangbang’, ‘black’, ‘ebony’ and ‘pinky’ which are popular on Android by not iOS.

iOS Inquiries

Like Android users, those with iOS based phones search more for ‘Lisa Ann’ and ‘Kim Kardashian’ than any other terms. Worldwide favorites like ‘teen’, ‘mom’ and ‘milf’ appear on both the iOS tablet and phone lists.


iPhones are devoid of nationality and ethnicity searches, but iPads include searches for both ‘asian’ and ‘japanese’. Searches for ‘hentai’ and ‘Mia Malkova’ also appear only on iPads.

Windows Mobile

Amongst Windows phone users, MILF queen ‘lisa ann’ succeeds her throne in favor of ‘cartoon’ videos, plus ‘hentai’ falling a bit further down the list. Taking the number 3 spot are ‘teen’ videos, followed closely by ‘lesbian’.


We found that nearly 5% of Windows phone visitors were from India, so it’s no surprise that both ‘Indian’ and pornstar ‘Sunny Leone’ made the top 20 list. Interestingly, ‘Miley Cyrus’ was a popular search on Windows phones as well.

BlackBerry Beholding

Once again ‘Lisa Ann’ takes the number one search spot, followed by ‘cartoon’ on BlackBerry phones. Ethnic searches for ‘black’ and ‘ebony’ take spots 6 and 7. Like those on Windows phones, BlackBerry users like searching for ‘Miley Cyrus’, ‘big ass’ (nsfw) and ‘babysitter’.


Platform Positions

24% of Pornhub’s Windows users are based in the United States. The next nearest countries are the United Kingdom and Germany at around 5% each.


Over half of Pornhub’s Mac OSX users come from the United States. Over 7% are based in the United Kingdom and Canada.


24% of Pornhub’s Linux users are based in the United States, followed closely by 23% in India. As we discovered in a previous section, this likely explains the high search ranks of ‘Indian’ and Indian pornstar ‘Sunny Leone’. The United Kingdom and Germany both account for around 5% of Pornhub’s Linux traffic.


Mobile Markets

Nearly 60% of Pornhub’s iOS traffic comes from the United States, along with 45% of tablet traffic. The United Kingdom brings 11% of iOS phone and 13% of iOS tablet traffic. Canada falls into spot number 3 on both device types at around 6%, followed by Australia at 4%.


Pornhub’s Android traffic from the United States is nearly identical for both phones and tablets at 47%. The United Kingdom takes spot number 2, but is nearly double on tablet (10%) versus phone (5%). India is Android’s number 3 spot on phone but doesn’t make the top 10 on Android tablets.


The majority of Pornhub’s Windows phone traffic comes from the United States at 34%. The next nearest country is the United Kingdom at 10%, followed by a near tie between Mexico, Italy, India and France at just under 5% each.


Although BlackBerry accounts for a small proportion of Pornhub’s phone traffic, the regional split is quite interesting. The United Kingdom comes out on top this time at 13%. South Africa is the number 2 market at 10%, followed closely by the United States and Canada.


We hope you enjoyed this look at what makes Pornhub users tick (or at least what makes their computers tick). Stay tuned for more Insights to come.

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