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How Much Data Does Snapchat Use? (Per Minute/Hour)

Written by, Alex Bosnjak

Updated June, 11, 2022

Snapchat is a fun app that many people use to communicate with friends. But, how much data does Snapchat use? In this article, I’ll answer this question and give you some tips on how to reduce the amount of data Snapchat uses.

Why Does Snapchat Take Up So Much Storage?

Part of the reason is that the app is constantly pulling down updates and new content from the servers. Every time you open the app, it has to download data for your friends’ Snapchat stories, any new snaps that have been sent to you, and any other content that has been updated since the last time you used the app. 

Another reason Snapchat uses a lot of data is that the app is very image-heavy. Every time you send or receive a snap, it has to download the image or video file. These files can be quite large, especially if you’re sending high-resolution images or videos.

All of this data adds up, and it can use a lot of data if you’re not on a Wi-Fi connection.

How Much Data Does Snapchat Use?

On average, Snapchat uses around 0.68GB of data per day, which equates to about 20MB per hour or 340 KB per minute. However, these numbers can vary depending on your usage of the app.

If you use Snapchat on cellular data, you can expect to use a lot of data because Snapchat users can use high-quality images and videos, which require more data to download and upload.

Using Snapchat continuously, you can spend 1MB per minute and 160 MB per hour.

How to Decrease Data Usage of Snapchat

In this part, I’ll explain how to determine if Snapchat is using your mobile data and what to do to reduce the data Snapchat uses.

1. Check Your Data Usage

  • On an iPhone, go to Settings > Cellular. 

Scroll down to see how much data Snapchat has used in the past 30 days.

  • On an Android, go to Settings > Connection & Sharing > Data Usage.

You’ll see a list of apps and how much data each one has used in the past month.

2. Using Snapchat on Wi-Fi

Try to use Snapchat only when you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, especially if you’re on a limited data package. This way you’ll prevent the app from using your cellular data, which will help reduce your data usage.

3. Turn on Travel Mode

You can also try turning on Travel Mode in the Snapchat settings. This will lower the quality of images and videos you receive, which will reduce the amount of data they use.

4. Disabling Auto-Update Feature

By doing this, you’ll stop the app from automatically downloading updates and new content when you’re not using it. To do this, open the app and go to Settings > Auto-Update.

Conclusion

To sum up,  Snapchat can use a lot of data if you’re not careful. However, there’re a few things you can do to reduce the amount of data it uses such as using Snapchat only when you’re on a Wi-Fi connection and disabling Snapchat’s auto-update feature. Also, you can try reducing the amount by changing the image quality settings.

FAQ

How much data does Snapchat use per hour?

On average, Snapchat uses about 20.48MB of data per hour, but it can come to 160 MB or more.

How much data does Snapchat use per minute?

Per minute Snapchat uses from 0.30MB to 1MB of data. 

Does Snapchat use data in the background?

Yes, Snapchat does use data in the background. The app is constantly downloading updates and new content from the servers, which can use a lot of data if you’re not on a Wi-Fi connection.