How Is My Data Used?

What uses Data?

In order to keep your data usage under control, it is important to know which types of applications use large amounts of data and which do not. For example, activities like streaming videos will use up your data more rapidly than checking your email. 

Social media can use a large amount of data if your ‘feed’ loads a lot of photos and videos.  One way to reduce the amount of data used is to adjust your account settings with the social network provider to disable the auto-play function for videos. 

Sites employing embedded video will generally consume the most data. In order to limit this consumption, you should try to disable any “auto-play” capability.  Audio files use a moderate amount and pictures use the smallest amount of data. Websites with text only will not have a heavy impact on your data use. 

Uploading photos and videos from your computer to your social media feeds can also use a lot of data. Streaming music is another big user of data.

Make sure you turn off devices like Roku, Chromecast and Fire Stick when you are not using them to stream. This includes ensuring you turn off your TV and all connected devices are off when they are not in use.

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How can I save data while streaming video?

Video content is very prevalent on the web today, and there are ways to save some data without missing this content. Limiting your resolution and bandwidth can reduce the amount of data you use while streaming video. HughesNet Gen4 and Gen5 service plans include Video Data Saver, which automatically adjusts your streaming to Standard Definition to save data. Learn more here.

Reducing the Resolution of Your Streaming Device

Reducing the resolution of your streaming device (such as Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV) can also help save data. Streaming in SD (standard definition) will use a lot less data then streaming in UHD (Ultra High Definition 4K). Today, 4K is becoming more common in video and that can quickly eat up your data. By switching to ‘auto’ or SD, you will reduce the amount bandwidth consumed.  You may need to consult your TV service provider in order to learn how to adjust the settings on your TV or set-top box.

What uses a lot of data?

Streaming videos, movies, and TV shows, software downloads, especially on multiple devices, and video game downloads are going to be the largest data consumers. Completing these downloads and updates during Bonus Zone hours can be helpful in saving your data. Video games that require split-second decisions, such as first-person shooter games, are not recommended for HughesNet due to latency in the signal. Strategy games, online board games, and role-playing games where immediate response is not as important work well. 

Watch for Uploads, Backups, TVs that stay connected even when not in use and Security Cameras

Uploading videos, photos and other files uses data too. If you are uploading videos, schedule them to take place during the Bonus Zone hours. If you use Internet-connected security cameras, it is important to monitor them regularly to see how they are using your data. Security cameras that monitor your home and continuously upload the footage can use large amounts of data. The best solution to this is to keep monitoring to a minimum and set your cameras to only record when you are not at home or only when motion is detected. Learn more about Security Camera here.  In general, HughesNet is not recommended for Internet based home security systems due to the high amount of data those systems consume.