Earlier this year in March, Netflix revealed its plan of introducing a data-saving feature. Now, Netflix has started rolling out the feature for Android and iOS users. This feature will allow users to control the amount of data the app uses when streaming movies and TV shows on a smartphone or tablet. So, depending on the type of data plan you have, you will be able to change in the app setting to use less or more data. Also Read - Best Netflix plan to watch June 2021 releases movies: Money Heist 5 and moreAlso Read - Netflix could soon let you play games while watching your favourite movies/shows
Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees, Netflix director of product innovation Eddy Wu wrote in a blog post.
With the default settings, users will be able to stream around three hours of TV shows or movies, while the data consumption for the same would be around 1GB. In terms of bitrate, it would account for up to 600 Kilobits per second. For those having higher data cap or unlimited data plan can adjust the settings for higher bitrates.
To set the data usage, you can open the app, head over to Settings and tap on Cellular Data Usage. Here, you can toggle default data and quality settings on or off. You can even switch off playback on cellular data, and it will only stream on Wi-Fi. When you switch between settings, it will also give you a rough idea on how much data it will consume.
For instance, if you select low, four hours of viewing would download about 1GB of data. Watching videos on medium quality for two hours will roughly draw 1GB of data whereas high quality will consume around 1GB of data when streaming videos for one hour. There is also an unlimited option, which you can select if you have an unlimited data plan.