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Find out what's eating up your Internet quota

by SuperUser on ‎27-04-2016 03:49 PM - edited on ‎03-05-2021 03:02 PM by Community Manager

Ever wondered which app consumes the most data? Check these out!

 

Streaming videos on Youtube

A prime data-hungry app! An hour on high quality YouTube videos eat up to 1.65GB worth of data. Allocate yourself a cap time spent on Youtube per day if you wish to continue streaming without any disruptions.

Low quality (480p): 264 MB

Medium quality (720p): 870 MB

High quality (1080p): 1.650 GB

 

Watching Your Fave Film/Series on Netflix

Films and series play a huge part in our lives as a source of "getaway" after a long day. But watching TV shows or movies on Netflix uses about 1GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3GB per hour for each stream of HD video. Downloading and streaming consume a similar amount of data.  There are too many good shows out there but remember to keep it to a minimum if you don't wish to run out of data.

 

Mobile Gaming

Of course, playing mobile games will use up data. The good news is this won't make a huge dent in your monthly data allowance as the latest games use somewhere between 40MB to 300MB per hour which is still far less consuming than streaming on Netflix. But do watch your gaming time, we know it's difficult to quit when there's just so many tasks to complete to climb up the ranks! 

 

Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meets Video Calls and Meetings

It’s a new start to the week, you open your email and surprise greetings from fellow colleagues start pouring in. Nothing better than back-to-back online meetings throughout the week :’) but did you know using these communication platforms takes up data too? An hour call uses up to 2.7GB worth of data when using video and audio, and 90MB for audio only. Maybe this could be a great excuse for not turning on your camera for the next meeting.

 

Twitter

Tweets don't use much data, but if you follow a lot of people and click on links, data usage may increase. A 5-minute continuous scrolling session uses about 30MB of data, which by far is lower compared to the other platforms we’ve listed. So go ahead and start binge-scrolling and retweeting content that inspires you.

 

Streaming audio

Another big consumer of data is audio streaming such as online radio or music apps like Spotify, with a data consumption of up to 150MB an hour on high settings. However, if you’ve subscribed to Spotify Premium, you can download your favourite songs and play it as many times as you wish without using up data!

 

E-mail

Most e-mails are tiny in terms of data size; so you can send and receive e-mails all you want as long as they don't have large file attachments. The more attachments and photos you send and receive, the more data is used.

 

Facebook

This is roughly the equivalent to browsing the web. Status updates won't use much data, whereas sending photos and viewing friends' pictures will use more. You can disable the auto-play option for newsfeed videos on a mobile network by tapping on the Options button in the Facebook app.

 

Photos

Sending and viewing photos both count toward your monthly Internet limit. As smartphone cameras improved, so does the photo quality, leading to bigger photo sizes that use up data.

 

Maps

Unlike satellite navigation systems, some navigation apps continuously load map details onto your device. They can consume a fair chunk of data to retrieve these images - up to a MB a minute. You're also likely to use maps for long periods of time when on the road.

 

Web browsing

Web pages vary widely in size, so data consumption will depend on whether you are visiting graphically rich sites (lots of moving images or streaming video playbacks) or text-oriented ones (less data usage). In general, surfing 10 pages a day will eat up about 100 MB per month.