How to find out Netflix data consumption

The only way, to avoid consuming internet traffic quickly with Netflix, is to change the streaming settings, Here's how to do it

After watching a couple of episodes of Netflix TV series from your smartphone or tablet, you find that you are left with no data traffic available. This is absolutely normal. In fact, video streaming tends to drain data traffic easily if you don't take action in advance.

Let's start with a general consideration. In order to preserve your internet offer, and not to face unpleasant surprises, it is advisable to use Netflix, as well as any online video platform, only with Wi-Fi network. The reason is quite simple. The service would not use cellular traffic to transmit content, but the wireless connection. However, it is not always possible to take advantage of the home network to watch one of the Netflix titles, especially if you are on the move. In these cases, we could download the episodes and watch them offline. And if we forgot? The only way, to avoid consuming internet traffic quickly, is to put hands on the app's settings.

How to control data consumption

Keeping an eye on your cellular connection is very simple and you don't need any special skills. So, rest assured. In fact, in just a few steps, you can drastically reduce the data consumed by Netflix streaming. First, open the application. In the upper right corner there is an icon in the shape of three horizontal lines. It is the one for general settings. Click on it. It will open a screen in which there will be several entries. Look for the "App Settings" option and select it.

Now, you will have to click on "Cellular Data Consumption". You will see another menu. Turn off "Automatic", the option that handles data consumption by default. Once this is done, to limit the gigabytes used by Netflix, you'll have to press on "Low". You should be aware of one thing: the system reduces the video quality of the streaming.

If you really don't want to run the risk of consuming data traffic with Netflix, you'll have to activate the "Disabled" option, which lets you play back the contents only over Wi-Fi.

Is that all? Absolutely not. The described procedure only works on the device where the application is installed. If you also want to keep an eye on the streaming of all your devices, that's all it takes. Open the settings again and go to "Account". The web version of Netflix will open. Now press on "Playback settings", then on "Low" and finally on "Save".