Know how much data YouTube actually consumes

When was the last time you visited YouTube to watch a 5 minute tutorial and then spent hours watching everything and anything? Almost everyone who has visited YouTube how easy it is to end up falling down the endless rabbit hole.

Being the most popular video streaming website in the world and the second most popular SEO app, YouTube offers an endless choice of interesting videos on almost every possible topic. Therefore, it is not unusual to end up consuming a large chunk of data when browsing YouTube.
While it is common knowledge that lower resolution videos consume less data and the higher resolution the video has, the more data it consumes, what is not very common knowledge is how much data do the videos actually consume? Fasten your seat belt, as we will answer all your questions today!

1. How do we measure the data?

While running the test, we wanted to get the most accurate, absolutely real, and unhindered results. Therefore, we ensure that we have multiple reliable tools ready to take measurements.

Our testing methods include the use of a built-in Android data monitoring tool, Google’s Datally app, and Glasswire, the real-time data usage monitoring apps. The video used in the test was a popular video from a Peru tour that was in HDR, with a maximum resolution of 8k and 60 FPS. This specific video was selected because it was available in each of the resolutions supported by YouTube, it was available in HDR and the fastest frame rate possible.

2. How much data do YouTube videos use: the test results?

We hereby share the results of our tests with you, which is the main point of our article:

  • Video quality: 144p Resolution (pixels): 256 x 144 Frame rate (FPS): 30 Bit rate (average): 80-100 Kbps Data used per minute: 0.5-1.5 MB Data used for 60 minutes: 30-90 MB
  • Video quality: 240p Resolution (pixels): 426 x 240 Frame rate (FPS): 30 Bit rate (average): 300-700 kbps Data used per minute: 3- 4.5 mb Data used for 60 minutes: 180-250 mb
  • Video quality: 360p Resolution (pixels): Frame rate 640 x 360 (FPS): 30 Bit rate (average): 400-1000 kbps Data used per minute: 5-7.5 mb Data used for 60 minutes: 300-450 mb
  • Video quality: 480p Resolution (pixels): 854 x 480 Frame rate (FPS): 30 Bit rate (average): 500-2000 kbps Data used per minute: 8-11 mb Data used for 60 minutes: 480-660 mb

  • Video quality: 720p (HD) Resolution (pixels): 1280 x 720 Frame rate (FPS): 30-60 Bit rate (average): 1.5-6.0 mbps Data used per minute: 20-45 mb Data used for 60 minutes: 1.2- 2.7 gb
  • Video quality: 1080p (FHD) Resolution (pixels): 1920 x 1080 Frame rate (FPS): 30-60 Bit rate (average): 3.0-9.0 mbps Data used per minute: 50-68 mb Data used for 60 minutes:
  • Video quality: 1440p (QHD) Resolution (pixels): 2560 x 1440 Frame rate (FPS): 30-60 Bit rate (average): 6.0-18.0 mbps Data used per minute: 45-135 MB Data used for 60 minutes: 2.7 to 8.1 gb
  • Video quality: 2160p (4k) (UHD) Resolution (pixels): 3840 x 2160 Frame rate (FPS): 30-60 Bit rate (average): 13.0 to 51.0 mbps Data used per minute: 95-385 mb Data used for 60 minutes: 5.5-23.0 gb
  • Video quality: 4320p (8k) (FUHD) Resolution (pixels): 7680 x 4320 Frame rate (FPS): 30-60 Bit rate (average): 20-50 Mbps (estimated at 30 fps) Data used per minute: 150-375 mb (estimated at 30 fps) Data used for 60 minutes: 9.0-22.5gb (estimated at 30fps)

We hope that our article clearly answers all your questions regarding the consumption of YouTube video data!

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