Steps to reduce data consumption while using WhatsApp calls, videos

The main medium for connecting and getting in contact with friends and family is via and instant messaging platforms at a time when the entire country is under lockdown to avoid the spread of coronavirus. With features including multimedia content sharing, audio, and video calls using VoIP services, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is among the most popular instant messaging platforms. Considering that they all rely on both internet speed and data, this is a power-hungry app.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 01, 2020 15:38 IST

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Here's what you need to know


WhatsApp consumes about 740Kb / minute over a voice call, according to an Android Authority survey. Now with video calling, the data use will increase.

COAI recently demanded that Internet usage be needed to free up a specific bandwidth for critical services. So, what should we do to reduce data usage for WhatsApp here? Ok, we would certainly not ask you to stop making video calls or stop sharing images and videos. 

Follow the steps to reduce WhatsApp data usage.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and click on the three vertical dots

Step 2: Go to Settings and tap on the option Data and storage usage.

Step 3: Here, under the call settings click on the option Low data usage and turn on the toggle placed in front of the option.

Check the steps to reduce data consumption:

The best thing to do for this is switching off the auto-download feature, and here's how to do it.

Step 1: Click on whatsapp settings.

Step 2: Then tap on data and storage usage.

Step 3: Tap on when using mobile data, uncheck all the boxes and click ok

Step 4: When connected on Wi-Fi and when roaming repeat the same. Protection Status