Reduce WhatsApp data usage on your iPhone

October 23, 2020

Living in remote areas is a never-ending bliss! one negative, however, can be a poor internet connection. Also, if you have VoIP services like WhatsApp in use, things can get worse for you. In addition to slow speed, continuous buffering may lead to overage charges. Read how you can reduce WhatsApp data usage on an iPhone.

Reduce WhatsApp Video Call Data Consumption

How to reduce WhatsApp data usage on iPhone?

WhatsApp consumes a ridiculous amount of background data on a good speed network. But, on networks with moderate speed, it causes problems like constant buffering and calls drops. So, as a workaround, try reducing WhatsApp data usage. Here's how it's done!

  1. Open WhatsApp on your Smartphone.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select Storage and Data.
  4. Enable Use Less Data for Calls.
  5. Change Media Auto-download option from Wi-Fi and Cellular to just Wi-Fi.

Find the detailed description of the above steps, below.

How can I reduce my WhatsApp data usage?

Launch WhatsApp Instant Messaging service on your iPhone.

Tap Settings (visible as a gear icon) in the lower-right corner of your mobile screen.

Storage Data
Storage Data

Tap the Storage and Data to go to its settings.

Use Less Data for Calls
Use Less Data for Calls

Then, under the Network heading, choose the Use Less Data for Calls option. Toggle the switch to On position.

Wi-Fi- Cellular
Wi-F- Cellular

Similarly, to limit data usage for media files on WhatsApp, like videos, go to Media Auto-Download. Tap the Video entry.

Enable Wi-Fi
Enable Wi-Fi

Change the settings from Wi-Fi and Cellular to Wi-Fi only by tapping it.

This will limit WhatsApp background data usage and download audio/video/image files only when it is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

How much data does a whatsapp video call use on 4G?

On a 4G network, roughly 800 KB of data is consumed in a minute. So, a 10-minute WhatsApp video call on a good speed 4G Cellular network will translate into 8MB data usage. But WhatsApp is widely used to share photos, videos, documents, and make voice or video calls.

What happens when you restrict background data?

Some apps, although not in use, continue to run in the background and consume data. Once restricted, these apps stop running in the background and are disconnected from the Internet. It has one shortfall; you don’t get real-time updates and notifications!

That’s all there is to it!


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