Everyone loves watching their favorite TV shows and movies on Netflix because it’s just so convenient. However, if you are watching it on the go the data usage to stream can quickly get out of hand. Now, we will take a look at how much data does Netflix use as well as how to control it.

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How Much Data Does Netflix Use on iPhone

If you are using WiFi or watching content offline after downloading from home then there is nothing to fear. The real trouble starts when you are dependent on your cellular network provider, in such a case knowing how much data does Netflix use becomes very important.

  • For Standard Definition and quality Netflix uses 1GB of data per hour to stream.
  • For High Definition, Netflix uses 3GB of data per hour.

Whew, that’s quite a lot of data usage isn’t it? Luckily there is a way to keep a check on the amount of Netflix data usage.

How Much Data Does Netflix Use? Step by Step Guide

On your iPhone or iPad go to:

Step 1: Go to Settings and open Cellular option on your iPhone

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Step 2: Scroll down till you reach Netflix

Step 3: Tap the slider to grey to make sure Netflix doesn’t use cellular data

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Step 4: Below the Netflix logo you will see how much data you have streamed

However, if you don’t want to turn off Netflix using data altogether there is also a method through which you can control how much data does Netflix use. For this you need to use the app itself.

The app allows you the setting to keep data usage automatic. What this does is alter the quality of your picture and hence the data streaming rate according to the speed of your internet connection.

What If You Toggle Off The Option?

However, if you toggle this off, you are given the option of which picture quality you want to stream on. Low is the worst picture quality but consumes less data, about 0.25GB per hour. The highest quality consumes 3GB per hour.

How you decide how much data does Netflix use is totally up to you. To access these settings:

Step 1: Launch the Netflix app

Step 2: Tap the menu bars from the top left corner

Step 3: Scroll down when the menu appears till you see ‘App Settings

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Step 4: Select ‘Cellular Data Usage

Step 5: After toggling off the ‘Set Automatically’ option you will be able to choose¬† which picture quality you want to stream in.

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