You Can Control How Much Data Netflix Uses

article by Sandra Trentino
June 26, 2019

He’s about to find out if he’s dying of cancer; she’s about to drop her lacy lingerie; they walk in on a murder taking place. It’s the juiciest moment of the movie, and what happens? We may never know because the Netflix data gets choked, and streaming comes to a screeching halt.

Tired of getting throttled because too much Netflix data was used this month? Or worse, because the kids played Barney’s Superstar Surprise for the seventh time this month (because they fell asleep watching it the first six)?!

If the red line is coming far too fast, and the streaming limitation is too frustrating, this article may provide a solution. Here are a few suggestions that’ll make video streaming headaches a thing of the past.

Quality Control to Regulate Data Usage

Netflix now allows its subscribers to select the quality of streaming. The higher the quality of a stream, the more data it takes up. So if the monthly data allocation is approaching its limit too quickly, the account can simply be switched over to a slightly lower quality streaming, so the entire movie is received continuously, and uninterrupted.

And here’s how it’s done:

Step one: Go to the Cellular section under the Settings on your smartphone, and scroll all the way down until you find Netflix. Hint: The Settings are in alphabetical order generally so that you can find it even faster.

Step two: Check how much data Netflix is using. There should be a number beneath the Netflix name (#MB). This number tells you how much data was used since the last time you reset the stats. Realize that this doesn’t factor in how much data was used when streaming on Wi-Fi networks, but it should provide a rough estimate of your monthly usage so far based on the data used. Hint: Don’t want to use data at all to use Netflix? Toggle the switch to off, and Netflix will only play when within a Wi-Fi network.

Step three: Through the account settings of your specific Netflix account/profile, you can choose how videos are streamed. Select the Playback Settings option under the drop down menu within the My Profile section. Here you can choose between auto, low, medium, and high quality:

Low (Basic video quality, up to 0.3 GB per hour of usage)

Medium (Standard video quality, up to 0.7 GB per hour of usage)

High (Best video quality, with up to 3 GB per hour for HD, 7 GB per hour of Ultra HD)

Select the one that works best for your data usage and quality preferences.

That’s Too Complicated; There’s Gotta’ be Something Easier

Of course, there’s an even easier, smarter, and somewhat cheekier method that a lot of in-the-know streamers prefer. VPNs are the smart solution for Netflix data usage. With a VPN, a connection can be safely established with a public Wi-Fi network, worry-free. This means you’re not using any data from your own account, and therefore you don’t need to get cut off. A virtual private network creates a tunnel through which all of your streaming is done secretly, privately, and securely. This is great for watching restricted channels, accessing geo-restricted locations, and viewing those sites you wouldn’t want publicized. Note: Never use public Wi-Fi without a VPN, it’s dangerous and a major safety hazard.

So stream the smart way with a reliable VPN, like PureVPN or NordVPN, and enjoy that sizzling finale uninterrupted.