Every day we use apps like Netflix, Spotify or Instagram for fun and to relax. But have you ever wondered how many gigabytes these apps consume?”
Apps like Netflix, Spotify and Instagram are among the most popular and millions of people use them daily. They offer innovative content, allow us to pass time as well as to constantly receive information, yet it is unknown how many gigabytes they consume. How much of our internet data do these apps use?
Netflix is one of the most popular and widely used streaming applications in the world, with 167 million users worldwide and a huge amount of content. Netflix has revolutionised the world of streaming by paving the way for a new era in the enjoyment of online content.
Netflix is available on computers (both through the website and through the app), as well as on smartphones and on tablets through the app. As an online streaming platform, you can watch your content anywhere as long as you have a connection. You can also download content from the network so you can watch it offline without consuming data.
It is always possible to watch Netflix content on the go using your own data traffic, so it is essential for us to know your Netflix traffic consumption so we can manage your data traffic with complete peace of mind.
|Type of subscription||Type of HD||Screens||Price||Max. data consumption|
|Base||No HD||1||7,99||Up to 1 GB/hour|
|Standard||HD||2||11,99||Up to 3 GB/hour in each gadget|
|Premium||HD and Ultra HD 4K||4||15,99||Up to 7 GB/hour in each gadget|
According to official data, playing content (TV series and movies) on Netflix uses around 1 GB per hour for standard definition streaming, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and up to 7 GH per hour for Ultra HD. Downloading and streaming consume a similar amount of data.
Data consumption options.
You can choose 4 data consumption settings:
- Low ⇒ minimum video quality and consumption of up to 0.3 GB per hour per device.
- Medium ⇒ standard video quality and consumption of up to 0.7 GB per hour per device
- High ⇒ highest video quality and hourly consumption up to 3 GB in HD and up to 7 GB in Ultra HD
- Auto ⇒ automatically adjusts to deliver the best possible quality based on connection speed
How to manage your data usage settings on Netflix.
You can manage your data usage settings from your Netflix profile using the following procedure:
- Log in to your account and select the profile.
- Select Edit in the Playback Settings
- Select the data usage settings you want
- Save the changes which will be activated within eight hours.
Manage mobile data consumption.
Regarding mobile data consumption, there are 4 mobile data consumption settings:
- Automatic ⇒ a data consumption setting is automatically selected that balances data consumption with video quality, allowing for streaming of approximately 4 hours of content per GB.
- Wi-Fi only ⇒ Streaming content is only played when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
- Data saver ⇒ allows for approximately 6 hours of content per GB
- Maximum data usage ⇒ recommended setting only with an unlimited data plan, as it streams at the highest quality supported, consuming 1 GB for 20 minutes
How to manage mobile data usage.
To change the data consumption settings on your mobile device, you must:
- Open the Netflix app and tap More or Profile
- Select the application settings
- Under Video Playback, select Mobile Data Consumption
- Choose the desired setting
Note that if you have pending downloads, you will not be able to change these settings until the content has finished downloading.
Spotify is a very popular music streaming application with over 286 million users, 130 million of which are on the premium version. Spotify is available on computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices. It allows streaming and downloading of music content (but also podcasts and more).
You can use the Spotify app on several types of devices:
- Smartphone → from IOS 10 onwards (also for iPad) and Android 4.1 and later.
- Tablet and PC → Mac with OS X 10.10 and later or Windows 7 and later
- Android smartwatch → no compatibility with Apple yet except via third-party applications
- Consoles such as PS3 and PS4
- Audio and TV systems → Spotify is integrated in many smart TVs, for example.
- Web browser → you can use Spotify online without the browser application.
Spotify basically works as a free app by offering streaming of music content over an internet connection. Therefore, the operation is the same on all devices.
There are limitations to the use of Spotify, such as random selection of a single song from an album (on a mobile device) or advertising. You can upgrade to the Premium version, which allows you to listen to music in better audio quality, as well as download it for offline listening.
Subscription methods are:
- Spotify Free ⇒ free but with limitations such as shuffle mode on smartphones (you cannot choose a single song in the playlist and it has 6 changes per hour) and commercial breaks.
- Spotify Premium ⇒ at €9.99 per month (€119.88 per year) allows song choice, the ability to download up to 3,333 songs per device in higher quality (up to 320 kbps) and stream them to other devices.
- Spotify Family ⇒ from €14.99 per month. This is a mode that allows monthly subscription and extension of up to 5 accounts.
Note that Spotify subscriptions have no time restrictions and can be cancelled at any time. In addition, it is possible to choose the free trial period for 30 days by indicating a means of payment and noting that renewal is automatic unless you deactivate it.
The quality of the music streaming depends on the mode:
- Automatic ⇒ automatically adjusts streaming quality according to connection and device.
- Normal ⇒ equals approximately 96 kbps
- High ⇒ equals approximately 160 kbps
- Maximum ⇒ allows streaming at 320 kbps and is reserved for Premium users.
In terms of data consumption, the amount of data consumed will obviously depend on the chosen configuration and its quality:
- Normal ⇒ 96 kbps = 0.72 MB per minute, or 43 MB per hour or 1.34 GB per month.
- High ⇒ 160 kbps = 1.2 MB per minute, or 72 MB per hour equal to 2.23 GB per month
- High ⇒ 320 kbps = 2.4 MB per minute, which is 144 MB per hour and thus 4.46 GB per month
So the statistics tell us that data consumption is not excessive and that with a few tricks you can save data:
- Massive use of wi-fi whenever possible
- Take advantage of the best mobile offers
- Download as many songs as possible over wi-fi
Instagram is a very popular application and social network with more than one billion users worldwide. It is an app based on creating and sharing photos and videos on profile with many other features like shop, camera roll and live video.
Establishing Instagram data consumption is more difficult as Instagram usage involves activities that impact data consumption differently. For example, uploading photos uses 2-4 MB, while uploading videos or stories can reach 8 MB and viewing around 40 photos consumes 1 MB. Therefore, a total data consumption of 100 MB per hour can be estimated.
To activate the data saving mode:
- Go to your profile, on the top right tap and then choose Settings at the bottom.
- Go to Account
- Select Mobile Data Usage and activate Data Saver mode
Also note that it is possible to set the playback of media content in high quality only with the wi-fi network in the profile settings. The advice is also to use the wi-fi network whenever possible and to take advantage of all mobile offer promotions. This will allow you to save on your bills.