Download on Netflix to allow videos to be played offline to save data. However, if you don’t wish to download videos, let the show buffer whilst you are on WiFi network and then watch on your mobile network. Therefore you aren’t using any data as the file has already buffered on your phone! Furthermore on YouTube you can head into settings and make sure that the ‘limit mobile data usage’ option is ticked. This will force the app to only watch videos in HD when connected to a WiFi Network.
*Mobile Phones Direct watched 5 minutes of content from each app and multiplied it to determine the total data usage over an hour. Each video was watched on both an iPhone 7 plus and XR in HD using 4G. Results may vary.
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We all have data caps on our phones & (unsurprisingly) it can get costly if you can’t latch on to a free WiFi network. Netflix uses 1gb of data per hour and 3 gigs of data if you stream in HD!
But Netflix do have a handy tool to let you know how much data your using, please see below!
Low: Basic and most data and cost effective at 0.3gb data
Medium: SD quality video uses about 0.7gigs
High:The best you can get depending on the content, 3gb for HD content and up to 7gb for UHD.
Automatic: Netflix automatically chooses the best quality stream for you based on the strength of your network.
Unlimited: Highest quality possible for your device same rate as High standard. (So will choose UHD if your network will handle it)
HOW DO I DO THIS?
On The Netflix app, head on over to the ‘APP SETTINGS’ and go to the “Cellular Data Usage’ tab and choose what one you want Netflix to use for all your content.
On the desktop head to Your Account -> Playback Settings and choose what one you wish to use.
New App ‘Triangle’ let’s you control data use
Google have developed a new app which lets you view and control the amount of data you use. The app ‘Triangle’ lets you monitor data usage and restrict apps from using your data even when your 3/4G is on.
This is a handy little app if you’re on a contract with limited data as some apps consume a lot more data than others but it’s also helpful as some apps will continue to drain your data if they are running in the background.
Another feature this app has is that you can allow certain apps access to your data for limited time periods from 10 to 30 minutes.
This app is only available in the Philippines for now as it’s still in it’s testing phase.