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How much does 1gb of data last


When signing up for any Internetobile data package the question always arises - how many gigabytes to subscribe to the tariff? Especially if we are talking about mobile data. There is no universal answer - it all depends on your needs and how economically you use the Internet.

Is 1GB enough for a month? Yes, if you use only messengers and text messages.

Also, don't forget that your phone is constantly consuming the Internet in the background. Map updates, app updates, system checks. These functions alone can "eat up" from 100mb per month. Therefore, in a strong economy, do not forget to turn off all the auto-updates and checks not through the Wi-fi network.

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How much mobile data is spent on different activities

It's worth realizing that regardless of activity, Internet usage is always different. It depends on the screen size of your device, your mobile operator and even your internet speed. The figures given here are approximate, but they will help to guide you. If necessary, you can always check how much traffic a particular application consumes on your own.

Use of social networks and messengers

Traffic consumption directly depends on what you do in the social network. For example, if you are browsing through a feed with a large number of media files (videos, pictures, Gifs), your internet consumption will be high.

If you watch films and TV series via social networks, your consumption will depend on the quality and duration of the video. It may be up to several GB when watching big videos in high quality.

If you're just messaging and occasionally sending pictures, the consumption will rarely exceed 100 MB per month. If you add voice and video messages to this, consumption goes up to 500 MB. Of course, it all depends on how often you communicate, and in a month the consumption can even reach 1GB.

You can save a lot of traffic, if you disable automatic downloading of pictures and videos via mobile Internet. In this case, 1GB of data will be enough even for more than a month.

Map navigation

The average consumption of Google maps - 5-10 MB per hour. With active use - search for places, turn on the voice navigator, the consumption increases, but rarely exceeds 20 MB.

When switching the map to "satellite photos" or "hybrid" mode it spends from 500kb to 1 MB of data.

Internet is not used during GPS operation, however it may be consumed to improve navigation accuracy. If you want to save money - go to the settings of your navigator, and check the use "only on Wi-Fi".

If you have not downloaded maps in advance - then the consumption may increase a little more, not more than 10 MB.

Calls via Telegram, WhatsApp, Skype, etc.

Messengers "consume" less traffic than other services - less than 1 MB per minute for an audio call.

Skype and Discord - from 1.5 MB and more, depending on the number of users in the call.

Also, Discord consumes about 45mb per hour just running in the background on your PC. The phone version is more economical. The average "cost" of a voice call is 100-200 MB per hour.

At the moment, the most "economical" messenger is considered Telegram, followed by WhatsApp.

Video calls and broadcasts consume the same amount of traffic as watching videos. Average consumption in quality below 720p is 400 MB per hour. Long streams in high quality can consume dozens of gigabytes.

Listening to music

Traffic consumption depends on the service you use. If you listen to playlists via YouTube, then your traffic consumption will be the same as when watching a video.

Legitimate services like Spotify, Google Play music, etc. consume significantly less traffic, and thanks to the music cache saving feature, you can keep your Internet usage to a minimum. However, it is important to disable cache saving from mobile data.

The most "budget-friendly" option is Spotify. At low quality music consumption is only 50 MB per hour, at medium quality (160kbps) - 72 MB per hour. At high quality (320 kbps) the consumption is 115 MB per hour.

For Google Play music the difference is not too big - 85 MB for normal quality and 145 MB for high quality.

Watching Youtube videos

Watching videos is the most expensive way of surfing the Internet. Watching an hour of HD video can consume up to 1GB of your Internet time or more depending on the resource. Higher formats like 4K can consume as much as 8GB per hour.

Approximate traffic consumption per minute depending on quality (YouTube):

  • 144p - 1.90 MB
  • 240p - 2.70 MB
  • 360p - 4.40 MB
  • 480p - 7,70 MB
  • 720p - 14,50 MB
  • 1080p - 27.61 MB

If you watch live broadcasts, Live videos, streams, then the consumption will be significantly higher than when watching ordinary videos.

However, do not forget that it strongly depends on the speed of your Internet, the size of the screen and many other factors.

The "save traffic" mode and reducing the quality of the clip helps to save megabytes of Internet.


How to see how much traffic you're using on your Android

  • Open "Settings";
  • Go to "Connections";
  • Select the "Data usage" section;

Already in this section you can see how much Internet you spent over the last month. Thanks to special buttons you can include or not to include Wi-Fi or mobile data in the calculation. The section "charging period and limit" allows you to set the number, from which the spent traffic is counted. If your tariff is set to zero on the 5th of each month, then set the billing to the 5th.

If you want to check how much traffic was consumed by each individual app. Tap on "mobile data usage" under the SIM card on which you have an Internet package connected.

How to set a mobile data limit

To set a limit, go to "data usage" again and click on "billing period and limit".

You'll have the "overage warning" lever available - you can turn it on and then you'll be notified the moment you've used up a certain amount of data.

If you want to set a limit, click on "traffic limit" and set a limit. When this traffic is consumed, the mobile Internet will be disconnected.

What does your data usage rate depend on?

Everything - your device, the quality of the video you watch, the number of hours you spend online.

How much faster your data usage will be if your phone is sharing the Internet with others.

If you share the Internet, it is spent exactly as much as the end user spends. If he's browsing social networks, your phone uses the same amount of data as you would if you were using social networks. No more, no less

If your plan includes "unlimited", will you spend gigabytes if you give Internet access to another device?

Depends on your package and what you are sharing the internet with. For example, if you are sharing the Internet from your phone to your laptop - Gigabytes will be spent regardless of your unlimited data plan.

If you're sharing on another phone - the speed will be greatly reduced, but the limit, for example on the social networks will be valid.

However, some tariff packages include conditions such as "no-limit when using 4G". In this case, any download will spend gigabytes, no matter on your PC or mobile device.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.