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How to make YouTube consume less megabytes

Youtube It is the leading streaming video application worldwide. We use it daily and spend a huge amount of time playing videos. But the truth is that, when we are not connected to a WiFi network, this implies risks because it also consumes a lot ofmegabytes of our mobile data rate. Fortunately, there is a way to make itreduce consumption, although obviously affect the quality.

If you are to use a lotYoutube out of home –and without WiFi connection, of course-, or simply your mobile data rate is very tight, this interests you. The streaming video application can be configured to always serve the highest quality available; but also, it can also be set to only do this when we are connected by WiFi. In this way, theHD videos they will only reproduce as such when we are on WiFi and, when we are connected to amobile network,It will reduce consumption considerably.

Reduce the megabytes that YouTube spends when you are in 3G or 4G using mobile data

The only thing you have to do is access the YouTube application on your smart phone and, in the upper right corner click on your user avatar. Then you will have to access the section ofSettings and, from there, you move to General. When you are here you see that, among the various options available, one of them appears with the titleLimit mobile data, and the clarification?Play HD videos only with Wi-Fi?. This is the one you have to select and activate to start reducing the megabyte consumption of your mobile data rate.

When activating the feature, when you are using WiFi networks, the videos can be played in resolutionHD and above (720p onwards). And yet, when you are connected by 3G or 4G to the mobile network, they will only play in 360p 480p. Image and sound quality is lower, as is evident, but megabytes will also be drastically reduced.

Keep in mind that, per minute, the consumption produced by YouTube videos is approximately as follows:

  • Resolution 144p: 2 MB used per minute.
  • Resolution 240p: 3 MB used per minute.
  • 360p resolution: 4 MB used per minute.
  • 480p resolution: 8 MB used per minute.
  • 720p HD resolution: 15 MB used per minute.
  • 1080p resolution: 28 MB used per minute.