Because it is one of the best ways to stream music, Spotify has been the go-to app for all music lovers. But, a lot of people also have questions when it comes to this app, such as its data usage. As with all other digital services or apps, you need to have a Wifi connection or a mobile data connection to stream. If you don’t have Wifi, then you’ll probably often make use of data.
So, how will you know how much data you’ll have to use for Spotify?
It actually depends on the sound quality you have chosen. The greater the sound quality, the more data you’ll be able to use. If you want to control the data usage, you can select a lower sound quality or download songs for offline payback.
You can check Spotify’s audio quality settings through the following:
Normal – stream at approximately 96 kbps
High – stream at approximately 160 kbps
Extreme – stream at approximately 302 kbps
Automatic – stream at a minimum of 96 kbps. (This is the default setting, and it configures the streaming quality based on your connection.)
If you also want a thorough breakdown, you can check out Whistle Out’s Spotify Data Usage.
For per song (3-minute song):
- Normal – 2 MB
- High- 3.5 MB
- Extreme – 7.5 MB
- Automatic – 2 MB
For per hour:
- Normal – 40 MB
- High- 70 MB
- Extreme – 150 MB
- Automatic – 40 MB
Tips to Reduce Data Usage:
- If you are on Spotify Premium, you can download the music and listen to it offline.
- Make sure to always check on your Music Quality. If it is set on Very High, it will require more data.
- If you are looking to promote your social media including spotify as they have a full store of promotional services for pretty much every single Social media type.
- You can also control the music beyond what you’ve selected by turning Autoplay off in the app’s settings.
- If you have a mobile data plan, research about roaming charges when you’re abroad.
- Make use of the Automatic Quality if possible since it will give you music playback based on your network connection.
- Keep your app updated. There might be some bugs that will eat away at your data during streaming. That is why you need to make sure that you are up-to-date.
- Get a mobile plan that will be tailored to your streaming needs. There are many carriers that offer unlimited data plans. But, remember that unlimited plans have caps and using them too much will lead to slower data speeds.
- Save data by turning Data Saver on. Check out this video to know more.
- Save data on Spotify from SpotifyCares on Vimeo.