Google Maps and Navigation DATA usage
When navigating, Google Maps uses only about 5MB per hour of driving. Searching for destinations and charting a course require more data than navigation. To minimize data usage, consider doing your searching while connected to WiFi.
Facebook DATA usage
At almost 2MB of data per minute of casual browsing, Facebook eats data like a hungry monster. Assuming you spend 40 minutes a day on Facebook, you’re likely spending nearly 2.4 GB of data monthly on Facebook alone. Facebook also uses data while running in the background, so be sure to close the app when not in use.
YouTube / Video DATA usage
Videos are another data hog. YouTube data usage varies by video quality and length so it’s only possible to provide a rough estimate. A 5-minute, 720p HD video uses about 75MB of data (15MB/minute), while a 5-minute video at 1080p HD would use about 170MB or more at 34MB/minute. Three hours of YouTube at 720p could easily eat up an entire 3GB monthly data plan.
WhatsApp Photos and Voice Calls DATA usage
Sending pictures through WhatsApp uses data in the same amount as the size of the picture. Like Instagram, WhatsApp compresses images, but you can check the size of the sent image by looking at the image properties.
Voice calls vary in data consumption based on the network used, as a 4G network consumes more data than a 2G. Assuming the network is running at normal speed, a 2-minute call will use 400KB on a 2G network, 600KB on a 3G network, and 1MB on a 4G network.
Video Calls in WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTime DATA usage
Video calls destroy data plans and end up extremely expensive unless you are on WIFi. If you have to use one while on data, Apple’s FaceTime uses the least amount, about 8.8MB for a 4-minute call, according to one test by (CITATION NEEDED). Skype and WhatsApp consumed 12.MB and 12.74MB respectively for the same length of call. Wuality suffered while on data, so WiFi is preferred for video calls.
Emails DATA usage
The lightweight of data usage, email uses about 0.1MB of data to log in, read, and send a message. Emails with attachments or pictures will use more data, depending on the file size. Average is 0.15MB
Web pages DATA usage
Loading the average web page uses about 1.3 MB of data according to httparchive.org, based on data from millions of pages of calculations.
Instagram DATA usage
Instagram compresses all its photos and videos, which helps curb data use. Scrolling for hours through only photos uses about 100–150 MB. Video sizes vary, but a rough estimate is 300 MB.
SnapChat DATA usage
The average SnapChat user sends about 10 snaps and reviews 10 stories in one day. This results in usage of around 20-25 MB per day. If you are a heavy user, multiply accordingly.
* These figures are estimates, and data transfer amounts will vary. Downloads that buffer, such as streaming music and video, bill for all downloaded data, even though you may not have listened to or watched the entire download. Please regularly check and manage your usage.
- Email ~ 0.10MB
- Typical Web Page Lookup* ~ 1.30MB per page
- Listening to music ~ 1MB/min.
- Watching video ~ 15MB/min.
- Video Call ~ 13MB/min.
- Voice Call ~ 0.50MB/min.
- Google Maps / Directions ~ 0.09MB/min.
- Digital Photo (Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest) ~ 2MB/min.
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