How much data does internet browsing use?
General web browing such as reading the news or online shopping only uses around 60MB/hour.
Depending on the types of websites you visit, the amount of data you use up will vary as some sites include lots more rich content (images and videos). Generally speaking, expect to use around 60MB/hour when browsing the web. Shopaholics rejoice!
How much data does YouTube streaming use?
Youtube steaming users around 360MB/hour (SD video quality)
Mobile data usage on YouTube can vary significantly depending on which streaming quality option you select. If you stream using the standard video quality option (480p) it should only use around 6MB/minute or 360MB/hour.
Streaming high-quality YouTube content in 1080p will use around 150MB/minute or 900MB for a full hour of usage. If you’re looking to stay in control of your usage, we recommend optimising your YouTube streaming to ensure you stream in SD (480p).
How much data does Netfix Streaming use?
Netflix streaming uses appoxiamtely 250MB-1GB/hour depending on which quality setting you use
Streaming using the lowest quality setting on Netflix will use around 5MB/minute or 300MB/hour, the medium quality will chew through 9MB/minute or 450MB/hour, while the high-quality setting will churn through 17MB/minute which equates to a full GB for each hour of Netflix you consume.
With most programmes running for an hour, that’s anywhere from 250MB - 1GB of data gone every time you watch an episode of Ozark or Stranger Things.
There are obviously a lot of great shows coming to Netflix each month, so be smart and pre-download them using WiFi so you aren’t left dataless at the end of your billing cycle.
Scrolling on Facebook uses approximately 120MB/hour, or 160MB/hour for video content
Just scrolling through social media will use around 2MB/minute, which is one of the lowest offenders. If you enjoy watching videos though, this number will increase for each minute you spend enjoying cat videos on Facebook.
Facebook has settings that allow you to limit your Facebook data usage and manage your monthly data spend better.
How much data does music streaming use?
Music streaming uses around 150MB/hour
Data usage will depend on the streaming service you use, but on average you’ll be looking at 2.5MB for each minute you stream which equates to around 150MB/hour, one of the lowest data users on our list!
But remember, we often stream music for hours on end each day, which can sometimes add up.
How much data does gaming use?
This can vary a lot depending on the actual game you're playing and can range anywhere between 3MB/hour to a full GB.
Ideally, you should check the data usage section on your phone and see which of your games are burning through the most data. It also pays to be careful of game updates, as these can be large files that you should download while connected to Wi-Fi.
How much data does FaceTime use?
FaceTime uses approximately 90MB per hour
A FaceTime video call uses around 3MB/minute, so about 180MB for that hour-long chat with grandma. As video conferencing becomes a more popular way to stay connected with friends and family, the need to monitor your average data usage per month increases.
How to best manage your data usage
One of the best ways to minimise data usage is to prepare ahead of time! Look into mobile games that don’t require online play so you can stay entertained without using data.
Download music or podcasts while connected to Wi-Fi so you don’t spend all your mobile data streaming the same album again and again. Stream Netflix, Stan, and YouTube in lower qualities to save on data (or download ahead of time on those apps as well).
Review what’s using up most of your data and check when you’re using data the most through the amaysim app. Try to change your habits accordingly and never run out of data again!