It’s no secret how much we love our phones, and the reason we do is because the apps on them. They offer us everything from social connections and entertainment to productivity tools and navigation or guides. However, while they bring convenience and efficiency to our lives, they also consume a significant amount of data. Understanding the data consumption on some of your favourite apps can help you manage your data usage better. Today, we explore the average data consumption per minute on popular apps.

WhatsApp

Text Messaging: Minimal data usage, around 1 KB per message.

Voice Calls: Approximately 300 KB to 700 KB per minute.

Video Calls: Higher consumption, around 3 MB to 5 MB per minute.

Media Sharing: Data usage depends on file size, with photos averaging 300 KB and videos significantly higher

Instagram

  • Browsing Feed: Approximately 1.5 MB per minute.
  • Viewing Stories: Around 2.5 MB per minute.
  • Watching Videos: Between 4 MB to 7 MB per minute, depending on video quality.
  • Uploading Photos: Approximately 2 MB per photo.
  • Uploading Videos: Around 8 MB to 10 MB per minute of video.

Facebook

Browsing Feed: Approximately 1 MB to 2 MB per minute.

Viewing Photos: Around 2 MB per minute.

Watching Videos: Between 2.6 MB to 7.7 MB per minute, depending on video quality (SD to HD).

Uploading Photos: Approximately 1 MB to 2 MB per photo.

Uploading Videos: Around 4 MB to 10 MB per minute of video.

TikTok

Standard Quality: Approximately 8 MB to 20 MB per minute.

High Quality: Around 30 MB to 50 MB per minute.

X formerly known as Twitter

Browsing Feed: Approximately 0.6 MB to 1.5 MB per minute.

Viewing Photos: Around 1 MB per minute.

Watching Videos: Between 3 MB to 7 MB per minute, depending on video quality.

Uploading Photos: Approximately 1 MB to 2 MB per photo.

Uploading Videos: Around 4 MB to 10 MB per minute of video.

YouTube

144p: Approximately 1.90 MB per minute.

240p: Approximately 2.70 MB per minute.

360p: Approximately 4.40 MB per minute.

480p (SD): Approximately 7.70 MB per minute.

720p (HD): Approximately 14.50 MB per minute.

1080p (Full HD): Approximately 27.60 MB per minute.

1440p (2K): Approximately 45.00 MB per minute.

2160p (4K): Approximately 82.50 MB per minute.

Spotify

Low Quality (24 kbps): Approximately 0.18 MB per minute.

Normal Quality (96 kbps): Approximately 0.72 MB per minute.

High Quality (160 kbps): Approximately 1.2 MB per minute.

Very High Quality (320 kbps): Approximately 2.4 MB per minute.

SHEIN / Temu

Browsing the App/Website: Approximately 1 MB to 2 MB per minute.

Viewing Product Images: Around 2 MB per minute.

Watching Product Videos: Between 3 MB to 5 MB per minute, depending on video quality.

Google

Basic Text Search: Approximately 0.2 MB to 0.5 MB per search.

Image-Heavy Search: Around 0.5 MB to 1 MB per search.

Loading a Single Web Page: Approximately 0.5 MB to 3 MB, depending on the page's content.

We hope this information helps you think of your data consumption in a more efficient manner. We know that sending a voice note is more convenient than typing, but is it worth the extra data usage? These are the kind of informed decisions you can make going forward. If you have more to add to this topic, please comment below or on our social media pages.



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