Fiber Fast Internet could require some users to become more conscious of their data consumption. Here is more information on data consumption and tips you may use to help control your data usage.
1. Understand What Consumes Data
The first step to efficiently manage your internet use is to understand which of your tasks and downloads are consuming the most data downloads are consuming the most data.
Text content is by far the lightest in file size, and consumes an almost insignificant amount of data. Following are pictures, which if downloaded in large amounts, can consume a fair amount of data. Music download is one of the higher data-consumers (250 songs = 1GB approx). Playing video games can consume 40MB-300MB per hour, which doesn’t make a huge impact on data use. However, the average size of a game is roughly 35GB (when downloaded to console or PC), which does have a significant affect on your monthly bill. Finally, videos (both downloaded or streamed) are by far the heaviest of our internet related activities, in terms of data usage.
2. Monitor and Adjust Your Devices
Sometimes your devices can be set up to do things that will consume massive amounts of data without asking beforehand. For this reason, it is helpful to check how your data is being consumed on each device connected to the Wi-Fi, so you can adjust them and avoid unnecessary downloads. For example, computers, smartphones, and tablets are sometimes predetermined to download new updates the moment they become available, which can be prevented by adjusting their respective settings.
3. Make Slight Changes When Streaming
Given that video streaming is usually the main sources of data usage in most households, it is important to be aware in order to keep your data usage under control.
Always keep in mind: Higher quality = higher data usage. In 4K resolution, 2 daily hours of streaming equal to approximately 750 GB per month. With numbers like these, bills can increase exponentially. A possible alternative is to limit the resolution of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. Most of these platforms allow you watch in 1080p or even SD, dramatically reducing bandwidth use without entirely giving up on the streaming. See how to change your settings here.
Additionally, you can take similar measures in music programs and social media platforms. For example, Spotify allows you to lower sound quality or even switch to “offline mode” in which you can listen to music you have previously downloaded without extra data usage.
4. Keep Track of Your Data Using Your Online Account