You got games on your phone is an expression that is associated with image macro memes that feature the depiction of the archetype of annoying little kids.
Memes like this usually have the imagery of a little kid with a smeared face, or a baby-like creature, staring at the viewer with wide-open eyes, while asking something very childish. These memes try to illustrate an imaginary scenario of how kids would approach adults with their trivial needs.
On November 29, 2014, a user called meechonmars uploaded a clip on Vine that was titled “Little kids always asking if you got games on your phone”. We can see in the clip recording himself but a kid (probably his cousin) regularly interrupts him by asking about games on his phone, in an annoying nasal tone.
The vine generated 1.5 million loops and 33.000 likes.
One of the earliest image macro versions for you got games on your phone was a picture of a black kid who has the gaze of somebody who is about to sneeze. It was uploaded to Me.me in 2014.
In 2015, a starter pack multi-panel meme was uploaded to Memedroid by user Snowy17, which contained several stereotypical elements of kids such as a naive glance, cargo shorts, Crocs sandals, and a snotty nose.
The term saw a big decline in popularity by the end of 2020. In 2021, however, the catchphrase you got games on your phone was re-popularized by a TikTokker called Fueyruss.
- Meme – r/funny