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How to reduce YouTube data usage on your mobile device

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Reduce YouTube data usage and save money

reduce YouTube data usage

If you like to watch YouTube when you’re on the go, there’s an easy way to reduce YouTube data usage in the mobile app.

Streaming video in high-definition uses much more mobile data than watching in standard quality, and it’s not like you need to watch a cute cat video in 1080p to get hit right in the feels.

Limit mobile data usage

Take advantage of the Limit mobile data usage setting inside the app which forces YouTube to only stream HD video when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re using cellular data, videos will automatically stream in standard quality, saving you big time on data usage. Even if you typically remember to switch to standard when using the YouTube app, we’d suggest turning on the toggle just in case.

Download YouTube videos

If you have a YouTube Red subscription, go one step further and download full videos and playlists to avoid using mobile data altogether.

Get the run-down on reducing data usage in YouTube in our quick two-step tutorial below.


Reduce YouTube data usage

Step 1

Open the YouTube app, tap the Options button in the top right corner, then tap Settings.

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Step 2

Tap General and enable Limit mobile data usage. That’s it!

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Find this tip useful? You may also be interested in learning new ways of restricting background data used by other apps in Android or iOS.

If you’re looking for even more ways to save, here’s our complete guide to lowering mobile data usage.

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