How much mobile data does TikTok use?

Have you ever wondered how much mobile data TikTok consumes?

TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world with a reported 1.2 billion users by Q4 2021 and expected to eclipse 1.8 billion by the end of 2022.

In the Philippines, an estimated 35.96 million users were plugged in on TikTok in early 2022. In contrast, there were 83.85 million Facebook users and 56.50 million YouTube users in the Philippines in the same period.

Some say TikTok uplifts their spirits while others say it helps them forget about their problems, even for a while. Whatever reason you have to be on the platform, one thing for sure is that TikTok consumes a lot of mobile data.

And if you’re wondering how much the app uses, read on.

How much data does TikTok use?

In the Philippines, we all keep a close eye on how much mobile data we consume, lest we incur additional charges or finish up all the data that we rely on for all other apps. If you’re often on TikTok, this can help you manage your usage.

By the way, TikTok offers a Data Save mode deep in the Settings, which reduces the data used when on cellular data by lowering the playback quality of the videos.

The general consensus is that TikTok consumes around 70MB of data every 5 minutes, which equates to 840MB for every hour. On Data Saver mode, the consumption reduces to around 30MB per 5 minutes and 360MB for an hour.

When you look at it, it means 1GB of mobile data will only last slightly more than an hour.

Mode5 minutes1 hour
Data Saver30MB360MB

How to save data while using TikTok?

Based on the table above, you can activate Data Saver mode. It reduces consumption by more than half, at the expense of video quality and longer loading times.

You can also use TikTok’s built-in tools to help regulate how you use the app and limit your consumption. They have Break Time Reminders which you can set to remind you to rest. You can also set daily screen time prompts.

Prepaid Promos that have data for TikTok

If you’re using a Prepaid SIM, you can also take advantage of promos that offer mobile data specifically for TikTok.

Smart Prepaid has the following prepaid promos, which have different offerings, depending on your budget and usage needs.

Also Read: List of Smart Prepaid call, text, and internet data promos for 2022

Globe Prepaid, meanwhile, has similar offerings. Basically, any of their prepaid promos that support GoSHARE&SHOP. Here’s a list of Globe’s prepaid promos for reference.

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Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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