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Minimize mobile data usage in the Netflix app

If you’re planning on streaming Netflix over a cellular data connection, make to take advantage of the video quality settings inside the Netflix app.

Streaming video over a mobile data connection will use a considerable amount of data, even for just a 30 minute show. Fortunately, Netflix has added cellular data controls to its Android and iOS apps, letting you choose between a variety of video quality settings. According to Netflix, selecting the “Low” setting for 30 minutes of video will use approximately 125 megabytes of data (~4 MB a minute).

Keep in mind that Netflix now allows TV shows and movies to be downloaded for offline use, so with a bit of forethought you can watch all the content you want without spending a cent on mobile data.

Simple instructions are listed below.

Android and iOS

Open the netflixNetflix app , tap the menuiconMenu button in the top left corner, then scroll down and tap App Settings. Tap Cellular Data Usage and select your desired video quality.

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If you want to ensure that Netflix never accidentally streams over cellular data, choosing “Off” will keep you safe and sound.



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