Snapchat is still one of the most popular social media apps even though many people use it just for its crazy photo filters. That focus on images and videos can also make it a bit of a data hog. We’ve tested how much data it uses so you can make sure it doesn’t accidentally use up all of your mobile data for the month.
First we installed a data usage tracking app on a phone and then used Snapchat for 5 minutes. We then worked out the usage metrics for longer sessions so you can get an idea of the kind of data the app is getting through each day.
This is what we found:
5 minutes = 60MB15 minutes = 180MB30 minutes = 360MB45 minutes = 540MB1 hours = 720MB
As you can see, after an hour of use, you could get close to 1GB of data by watching videos and sending snaps to your friends. Based on these numbers, if you use Snapchat for an hour a day, by the end of the week it will have consumed just over 5 GB (720 MB x 7).
Do this for a month and you’ll end up with a whopping 20GB from Snapchat alone. Of course, if you combine this with other platforms like Instagram and TikTok, you’ll easily eat up your data allocation in no time.
Sure, you can especially try to use Snapchat when connected to Wi-Fi, but if you need to use it with mobile data, there are always unlimited SIM plans.
If you don’t want to pay a premium for unlimited data, there are now sim-only plans that give you a fixed monthly allotment, but you can use certain social media apps, including Snapchat, as much as you want without it counting against that limit. like voxi in the United Kingdom.
How can I make Snapchat use less data?
If you find the above numbers a bit much, you can always watch fewer videos, or set Snapchat to use less data. This is accomplished by preventing the app from automatically loading snaps or lenses. It may also be that the app is a little slower to use, but with the advantage of not consuming your data as quickly.
To do this, follow these steps:
How to enable the data saver feature for Snapchat on iOS
Open SnapchatTap your profile iconTap the Settings icon
4. Scroll down until you find Extra services and then tap Manage
5. Turn on the Data Saver switch.
How to use the data saver feature on Android
Open SnapchatTap your profile iconTap the settings icon
4. Scroll down to Privacy Control, then tap Data Saver
5. Enable Data Saver
Of course, an easy way to save data is to only use Snapchat when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, because then you’ll leave your mobile data alone. Alternatively, if your current contract is too restrictive in terms of data, check out our roundups of the best phone networks and the best pay-as-you-go networks to see if you can get a better deal.