How Much Data Does Streaming Videos Use?

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how much data does streaming videos use? I am looking for an average hour long streaming use.

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Re: how much data does streaming videos use?

rcschnoor
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It depends on how you are viewing it and what quality you are hoping to get. Not all streaming is equal.

For example, Netflix estimates the usage as indicated below depending on the quality of your data stream:

Adjust your cellular data usage settings

Adjusting the cellular data usage settings for your account is the easiest way to reduce the amount of data used while watching Netflix. There are six data usage settings to choose from. Each estimate below is per stream:

  • Off - You will only be able to stream on the device while connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Auto - Netflix will select a data usage setting that balances data usage with good video quality. Currently this will allow you to watch about 3 hours per GB of data.
  • Low - Watch about 4 hours per GB of data.
  • Medium - Watch about 2 hours per GB of data.
  • High - Watch about 1 hour per GB of data.
  • Unlimited - Recommended only if you have an unlimited data plan. This setting will stream at the highest possible quality for your device and the content you are viewing. This may use 1 GB per 20 minutes or more depending on your device and network speeds.

How do I manage mobile data usage on Netflix?

Of course different streaming content providers may have different settings on their apps which would provide different numbers as to how much data is used.

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Re: how much data does streaming videos use?

rcschnoor
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It depends on how you are viewing it and what quality you are hoping to get. Not all streaming is equal.

For example, Netflix estimates the usage as indicated below depending on the quality of your data stream:

Adjust your cellular data usage settings

Adjusting the cellular data usage settings for your account is the easiest way to reduce the amount of data used while watching Netflix. There are six data usage settings to choose from. Each estimate below is per stream:

  • Off - You will only be able to stream on the device while connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Auto - Netflix will select a data usage setting that balances data usage with good video quality. Currently this will allow you to watch about 3 hours per GB of data.
  • Low - Watch about 4 hours per GB of data.
  • Medium - Watch about 2 hours per GB of data.
  • High - Watch about 1 hour per GB of data.
  • Unlimited - Recommended only if you have an unlimited data plan. This setting will stream at the highest possible quality for your device and the content you are viewing. This may use 1 GB per 20 minutes or more depending on your device and network speeds.

How do I manage mobile data usage on Netflix?

Of course different streaming content providers may have different settings on their apps which would provide different numbers as to how much data is used.

Re: how much data does streaming videos use?

Weth
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YouTube Estimates (per hour):

240p ~ 150 MB

360p ~ 250 MB

480p ~ 400 MB

720p ~ 800-900 MB

1080p ~ 1.2 -1.4 GB

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