How do I reduce data usage?

For the past 2 months I've been capped halfway through the month. I watched A LOT of youtube videos and I downloaded a few episodes of game of thrones throughout those 2 months and also played a lot of Dota 2. I have 50gb of data. The thing I want to know is, does playing games use a lot of internet data? How much? I play a lot of Dota 2 and I'd like to get an idea of how much internet usage it uses and I also want to know how much internet data watching videos on youtube uses, and also downloading tv shows.
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  1. If you are downloading (not streaming) TV shows it will usually tell you how many GB it is.

    Watching in a lower resolution will help you reduce data usage.

    Don't think the actual data sent to servers is much in most games - properly done, it would be kilobytes per second.
  2. Your service provider should allow you to view your data usage online - I know Comcast has that feature
  3. Games use up practically 0 bandwidth. Like 40MB in about 5 hours of online play. Whereas YT and other video providers use up huge amounts on bandwidth, especially at higher resolutions. Like over a gigabyte for an hour video at 1080p (maybe even more). If you want to reduce data usage, only use 720p for videos as it looks very good but takes up a lot less of your available downloads.
  4. Optimus_Toaster said:
    Games use up practically 0 bandwidth. Like 40MB in about 5 hours of online play. Whereas YT and other video providers use up huge amounts on bandwidth, especially at higher resolutions. Like over a gigabyte for an hour video at 1080p (maybe even more). If you want to reduce data usage, only use 720p for videos as it looks very good but takes up a lot less of your available downloads.


    I only watch in 360p and I still went over my limit in 13 days lol
  5. You probably have a low cap then - consider increasing it. Or hire the DVDs of your shows instead of downloading them.
  6. try this free software to help u measure ur data usage and set limits Networx
  7. Video and YouTube use far more than games. 50GB/month cap is apparently not suitable for your usage patterns. One or the other has to change.
  8. Yeah, Video is the main user. That and downloading new software (ever wonder why some games need several DVDs?).

    I normally shy away from posting links to software not from a very trusted source - it's too easy to be taken for someone promoting malware. Besides, every ISP I know of, and some routers, duplicate that function.
  9. Someone Somewhere said:


    I normally shy away from posting links to software not from a very trusted source - it's too easy to be taken for someone promoting malware.


    i use it myself ....
  10. Stop downloading pirated games and movies - and you won't have to worry about the 50GB cap
  11. dingo07 said:
    Stop downloading pirated games and movies - and you won't have to worry about the 50GB cap


    This is not true at all, as watching youtube/netflix for an hour at 1080p can be 1 or more GB, I downloaded Marvel Heroes the other day off of steam to see what it was like and it was 10GB. So an hour a day and 1 game is already at least 40GB for a month.

    Though, I chose my ISP as the one with no data caps, since companies that do this are idiots.
  12. Traciatim said:
    This is not true at all, as watching youtube/netflix for an hour at 1080p can be 1 or more GB, I downloaded Marvel Heroes the other day off of steam to see what it was like and it was 10GB. So an hour a day and 1 game is already at least 40GB for a month.

    Though, I chose my ISP as the one with no data caps, since companies that do this are idiots.


    I guess you missed the response where the OP said he only watches 360p
  13. dingo07 said:
    Traciatim said:
    This is not true at all, as watching youtube/netflix for an hour at 1080p can be 1 or more GB, I downloaded Marvel Heroes the other day off of steam to see what it was like and it was 10GB. So an hour a day and 1 game is already at least 40GB for a month.

    Though, I chose my ISP as the one with no data caps, since companies that do this are idiots.


    I guess you missed the response where the OP said he only watches 360p


    And he still blew the cap in 13 days. 360p or 1080p....far too much time on YouTube.
  14. Traciatim said:

    Though, I chose my ISP as the one with no data caps, since companies that do this are idiots.



    Where I am (NZ) that's a really bad idea - the ISPs that offer "unlimited" data all strongly traffic shape overseas traffic, which all the major data usage is. Plus they have draconian fair use policies that cut you off at a few hundred GBs.

    Seriously, someone build us another undersea cable.
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