31 C
Lagos
Monday, October 26, 2020

How to Reduce Netflix Data Usage?

- Advertisement - data-full-width-responsive="false">

Netflix, one of the world’s largest online entertainment platform, serving close to 117.58 million users around the world. Other than its diverse content, you might be asking, what makes Netflix great is its availability across different platforms.

- Advertisement -

To access it, all you need for this platform to enjoy a massive range of contents is subscription and a good internet connection. However, as with any video streaming platform, its high data usage is a big problem concern among its users.

Quality needs a lot of data consumption, although you can fine-tune some things using the default app to optimize playback and then reduce its data usage.

Why Videos Need a lot of Bandwidth?

Video streaming services such as Netflix are built with smartness to control how much data is spent to offer the best possible video quality.

Therefore, if you have an outstanding internet speed, such apps will automatically switch to the best available quality for maximum performance. Although with this, data consumption will also increase.

speedmeter

For instance, if you are watching a 3-hour movie on the best quality made available on Netflix, you might end up consuming close to 21GB of data.

But it’s okay if your internet connection is fast and unlimited. However, most users rely on limited data connection that gives them a monthly limit of maybe 50GB or 100GB usage.

In a situation such as this, you will end up using all your data in the space of hours. This is why it is important to take control of your data consumption.

How to reduce Netflix Data Consumption?

To reduce the data usage on Netflix, all you need to do is to understand how you can control the video quality and which setting works best or you on different platforms. Since most users rely mostly on the web version, here is how you can control the video quality while using Netflix.

Advertisement
data-full-width-responsive="true">

1. Login to Netflix using your credentials. Then head to the homepage, go to account settings which are located at the top-right side of the page.

2. From there you will see a drop-down menu, select Account. In Account settings, locate Playback settings.

3. On the screen, you should be able to see some options, select Low to beat down the video quality and to limit the data consumption to about 300MB per hour. The setting is on Auto by default.

Note that if you want to reduce the consumption of data further, uncheck the “Play next episode automatically” option which can be found under Auto-Play. The above setting will prevent Netflix from playing videos one after another.

Best Resolutions for Different Screen Sizes

Different devices have various screen sizes and also resolutions. While the app always tries to optimize video playback for the best available quality, you should stick to your choice and choose the quality that suits your viewing.

Below is a highlight of how much data can be consumed in different video quality settings.

  • Low Quality (Low-resolution videos): It uses up to 300MB data per hour
  • Medium Quality (Standard definition videos): This type of video uses up to 700MB per hour
  • High Quality (High definition videos): It uses up to 3MB per hour
  • Ultra Quality (Ultra-high definition): It uses up to 7GB per hour, but it’s only available for only supported devices.

Now that you are aware of what type of video quality requires how much of data, we can now to understand the kind of settings that worked best on different platforms.

Mobile Phone: Low and Medium Quality

Mobile devices have smaller screen sizes and playing high-quality content is quite simply a waste of bandwidth. Generally, low to medium quality settings work the best for smaller screen sizes. By doing this, you end up consuming about 700MB per hour.

PC and Tablets: Medium to High Quality

Unlike mobile devices, tablets do have a larger screen. Some brands are even offering UHD resolution as well. However, anything between medium and high video setting works best for them. This way, you’ll end up using about 3GB of data by the hour.

Television: High Quality

Unless you don’t have a fancy UHD LED TV, opting for the ultra-high definition content won’t make any sense. For televisions, high definition content works well and ends up consuming close to 3GB per hour.

Advertisement
data-full-width-responsive="true">

At the end of everything, the choice is yours to choose between quality and quantity. If you have limited internet connectivity, you can either choose to watch a lot of content is lower quality, or some content is very high quality.

Share your thoughts with us by using the comments section below.

- Advertisement -

Trending Now

Tips on Choosing the Best Movie Streaming Service in 2020

At this point, it seems like streaming of movies and TV shows are beginning to replace the basic cable TV that we are used...
- Advertisement -

10 Best Places to Download Bollywood Movies

Do you spend hours watching Bollywood movies as I do? Have you been in search of the perfect sites to download the...

Startimes Subscription Prices, Packages and Channels List in 2020

StarTimes Nigeria is one of the popular cable TV providers in Nigeria. This service is a subsidiary of a Chinese based company...

GB WhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and OG WhatsApp Tips and Tricks

Checkout the new GB WhatsApp Tutorial. Hello, welcome to WhatsApp Plus, OG WhatsApp and GB WhatsApp tips and tricks. For the sake of this article,...

GOtv Error Codes: How to Clear and Resolve GOtv Errors

If you are a GOTV user, you have probably encountered one or two GOTV errors, and these errors are preventing you from...

YouTube Kids Platform

The company has secretly announced plans to launch its YouTube Kids service on the web, ahead of the formal announcement of an...

7 Best Offline Racing Games for Android Users in 2020

Are you a real gamer? If you are one, then you will know how exciting it can be to experience the adrenaline rush that...

StarTimes Customer Service Contact and Simple Error Fixes

StarTimes has fast become one of Nigeria's most used cable or digital Pay Tv. Despite its vast customer reach, the company has...

Best Low Size PC Action Games For Your Old PC/Laptop With Low Specs

Gaming time is one our favorite time and nothing beats the ability to play high-quality games on our PCs but like some of our...

New GOtv Packages, Channel List and Price for 2020

GOtv and DStv are both owned by Multichoice, and there's no arguing the fact that they have proven to be the largest...

Access Bank Mobile App: Features and Download Link

CBN has approved the use of mobile applications for banks to facilitate transactions with customers. This means that you can communicate by...
- Advertisement -

Related Posts

7 Must-have Android Apps for Netflix Users

Netflix hosts some of the best movies, TV shows and original contents, documentaries. Perhaps the best thing about this platform is it just knows...

How to Add Secondary Face ID to Your iPhone with iOS 12

After Apple's launch of the iPhone X last year, the Face ID technology has received so many positive reviews across the globe, there are...

4 Quick Fixes to Try If Your iPhone Doesn’t Turn On

Are you frustrated for the fact that your iPhone fails to turn on? Well, no need to get mad about your iPhone's unresponsiveness because...

“Ok Google” Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Google Assistant is a handy tool. I use it on daily to check weather reports, sports and get my daily briefing. While I did...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.