Tips to Use Data Effectively
YouTube video resolution
In most instances, YouTube usage accounts for the majority of your data quota usage. A video on YouTube can be viewed at multiple qualities/resolutions (140p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p, HD). The higher the quality, the higher the data consumption – as seen in the table below :
|Quality Level||Bitrate Threshold* (Mbps)||No of MBs per Minute @ Bitrate Threshold|
|360p||0.7||5.25 MB / Minute|
|480p||1.12||8.40 MB / Minute|
|720p||2.5||18.75 MB / Minute|
|1080p||5||37.50 MB / Minute|
|4K||20||150 MB / Minute|
When you watch a video on YouTube, it automatically selects a quality level, based on network speed. Therefore, faster data speeds result in a higher quality level being selected and higher data usage. To avoid this, manually select the quality level on your YouTube app based on the level required for your phone (as shown below).
Generally, 360p is sufficient enough for youtube streaming on most mobile phones.
Open the YouTube app
Select a Video
Select the video quality
based on your preference
Turn off automatic software updates and sync.
Automatic updates of OS and apps consume a considerable amount of your mobile data without your knowledge. Simply follow the instructions below to block automatic updates. However, you can use your Night-time data for updates.
How to disable automatic downloads for iOS devices
iTunes & App Stores
Disable all automatic updates
How to disable automatic downloads for Android devices
Do not auto-update apps
Note: These steps have been depicted for Android Version 5.1.1
Take advantage of your nighttime data quota.
Use your nighttime date quota for software updates, large file downloads and for backing up required data. This will help you effectively utilize your data package
Always activate a Data Pack and avoid pay per use rates
Data Packs are designed in a way that ensures a customer is given the best value via the best data rates. Mobile Data Packs include designated Day-time & Night-time data allocation.
There are a wide range of packs available for users, based on their individual needs. For Prepaid users, Data Packs are available starting from Rs.29/-. For Postpaid users, monthly rental packages start from Rs.99/-.
A user also has the option of browsing the internet without a Data Pack. This is enabled so that all users have equal access to the internet and other Data related services. Standard Data charges are Rs.1 +tax per MB when a pack has not been activated. Therefore, it is highly recommended that users activate a suitable Data Pack, in order to better manage their mobile data usage.Activate Data Packs