Things like looking through internet sites on a browser and sending or receiving emails only use a small amount of data, others such as watching catch-up TV or videos on YouTube can use significantly more.
If you're using a 4G WiFi device you'll need to consider how many devices, such as phones and tablets, are connecting to it, along with what each device is using the Internet for.
Below are some handy figures that give you an idea about how much data certain activities use. The figures are estimated and based on averages, so your actual usage may be a little higher or less.
Data Consumption (estimated)
1 – 4MB per minute
1.5MB per photo (depending on quality of image)
1 – 2MB per minute
100 - 200KB per minute
1.5MB upwards per minute
1 – 2MB per minute (standard sound quality)
60 – 100MB per hour
90MB – 1.4GB per hour (depending on quality)
2 – 3MB per minute
YouTube/Video Streaming HD
4 – 6MB per minute
1MB = 1024KB 1GB = 1024MB
Hints and Tips
Do software/firmware updates whilst connected to WiFi.
Download and update apps when you're connected to WiFi.
Make sure you close apps properly on your device, so they don't use data in the background.
You can even change the settings on some apps so they can only be used when connected to WiFi. This will help keep your data allowance for when you're out and about.
Turn WiFi assist off (iPhone): Tap Settings > Mobile Data > Scroll to the bottom > turn WiFi assist OFF.
You can even manage your data usage through the app itself. Here are a couple of examples:
Tap Settings > Connections > Data Usage > Mobile data (may vary slightly depending on manufacturer).
Scroll down and your apps will be listed in order of how much data they have used with the figure in GB, MB or KB next to it.
The data shown here is an estimate and may vary slightly to your overall usage in your My EE account.
Although the figures may vary compared to the actual data usage shown in your My EE account, it will still help you understand which apps that you use for data most and, if you reset the counter, help you monitor going forward.
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