How to stop Netflix, Spotify and YouTube from using all of your data allowance


How to stop Netflix, Spotify and YouTube from using all your data

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Hey, we get it.

You just want to stream without the fear of a gargantuan bill, or running out of data.

Fear not smartphones users, there are a number of rather simple steps you can take to stop that happening.

Now you really can watch Netflix and chill. (Sorry).


Spotify usage can be monitored (Picture: Getty)

Spotify usage can be monitored (Picture: Getty)

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To reduce data usage on Spotify’s mobile app simply switch between the stream quality options in settings.

Go for normal (96kbit/s) while using mobile data and feel free to crank it up a notch while connected to WiFi.

The settings also enable you to disable downloading while on a mobile data connection, which can gobble data.

Spotify playback settings

Toggle between the playback settings (Picture: Spotify)

If you’re fancy enough to have Spotify Premium and you can listen to tracks in offline mode, it’s a good idea to download your playlist while connected to WiFi.

Obviously this means a small amount of forward planning, but your data allowance will thank you for it.


The Netflix on an iPhone 5s (Picture: Getty)

The Netflix on an iPhone 5s (Picture: Getty)

Access Netflix’s data setting via the company’s website.

Minimise your usage by selecting the basic or standard video quality options.

Netflix also provides an Auto option, which provides the best quality for your current connection speed.

Netflix playback settings

Settings will have to be altered for each individual profile (Picture: Netflix)

If you share your Netflix account, such as a separate user profile for your roommate, significant other or child this will need to be done on each individual profile.


YouTube quality settings

Quality settings can be toggled (Picture: YouTube)

Changing the video quality (to let your data consumption chill) can be amended in the mobile app and on the website.

There are four options, including an Auto mode.

Be aware that your selection won’t roll out over multiple devices that use your YouTube account and videos vary in terms of quality.

There’s also an option to prevent HD streaming on non-WiFi connections on both Android and iOS devices.

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H/T Gizmodo.