Have you ever wondered how much data Netflix consumes and what is the amount you need to watch your favorite series? You are not the only one. While the standard response is between 1 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour, depending on the video quality you choose, the truth is that determining it can be a bit more complex.
Exactly how much data does Netflix consume?
Here is a quick view of how much data Netflix consumes, to deliver your favorite series or some of its best movies.
|SD||Full HD||4K Ultra HD|
|Up to 1GB per hour of video.||Up to 3GB per hour of video.||Up to 7GB per hour of video.|
However, Netflix argues that it is the maximum figures. Actually, the content you are watching may need less data. It all comes down to the length of the material you are playing, the frame rate and the color depth.
One thing you must be clear: even if you download the program you will not have a saving in the use of data. This is because you need approximately the same amount of bandwidth to recover all the resources needed to save the video on your device, in addition to the necessary storage space.
How to limit data usage on Netflix?
If you have a strict data plan, you cannot afford to spend 7GB per hour for a 4K Ultra HD video. In addition, it is unlikely that you need such a high resolution on small devices. Netflix is aware of that, so it has incorporated some features in its Android and iOS applications that limit the amount of data they will use.
Although frustrating, Netflix does not allow you to define how much data you can use. Instead, it presents four basic options: Automatic, Maximum data, Save data Y Wi-Fi only. All are self-explanatory, but anyway we give you a general description of each of them:
- Automatic: This mode balances the sober use of data with good video quality to use approximately four hours of video per GB, although results may vary.
- Maximum data: This mode will send to your device the highest possible quality of the content you are watching, which in most cases should be 4K Ultra HD.
- Save data: As the name implies, this mode reduces quality to scale data usage to an absolute minimum. It offers approximately six hours of video per GB.
- Wi-Fi only: Here you can only see content on your device when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. The good thing is that you can see the downloaded content even when Wi-Fi is disabled.
Do you like any of these options? Here we explain how to adjust the use of mobile data:
- Open the Netflix application.
- Select the cone of Men which is located in the upper left or upper right corner, depending on the device you are using.
- Press Use of cellular data .
- Select Automatic, Maximum data , Save data or Wi-Fi only.
Set limits for profiles
You also have the option of setting data limits for each profile in your Netflix account, so if you use it on multiple devices or if your child has a mobile phone with a free-use data plan, you can make sure they consume the minimum .
As we indicated earlier, you will not have the option to specify exactly how much data you can use per hour. Netflix has four options: Automatic, Low, medium Y Tall. However, the application is more precise regarding the amount of data used.
- Automatic: It automatically adjusts to offer the best possible quality, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
- Low: Allows 0.3GB per hour per device.
- Means, medium: Allows 0.7 GB per hour per device with an SD resolution.
- Tall: Allows up to 3 GB per hour per device for HD; 7GB per hour per device for 4K Ultra HD.
To set a specific profile usage configuration, you must perform the following steps:
- Go to on a computer and login.
- Select the profile for which you want to change the data usage settings.
- Choose Account.
- In My profiletouch Playback Settings .
- Choose the preferred data consumption option.