How Much Data Does Discord Use?

How much data does Discord use and how does it compare to other tasks such as watching Netflix, browsing the internet or watching YouTube? Here's a guide.

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to high-speed internet with an unlimited data cap.

But that’s not the case at all.

Statistics state that only about 60% of the people on the planet have access to the internet. That clearly leaves billions of people without internet, and many billions more have slow speeds and a limited data cap.

Because of these kinds of limitations, not all internet users can enjoy the benefits of various applications.

One specific app users are worried about is Discord – they’re concerned about exactly how much data the program uses to ensure they don’t pass their data cap.

Surpassing that internet limit usually leads to a severe reduction in download and upload speed – or worse, entirely cutting off access to the internet. This is not good!

To reduce people’s worries, we have collected all the information regarding this topic, and we are going to share it with you.

Discord Data Usage

There’s no official information regarding the Discord data usage. Still, some useful information is available online shared by individuals and a few websites that have researched the topic.

We have also gathered some information to help with the research by using GlassWire. It’s a free application that can track internet data. Pretty useful, especially for this kind of stuff.

Recorded Data After 5 Minutes Of Voice Chat

During a regular voice chat with 3 to 10 members in one channel, Glasswire tracked about 300Kb downloads after 5 minutes.

Upload usage was negligible, with 10KB after 5 minutes. But, that is to be expected, considering that nothing was uploaded during that time.

Recorded Data After 3 Hours Of Voice Chat

After three hours in a voice channel with a variety of about 3 to 10 members, Glasswire recorded a download usage of about 20MB. That is still quite low. Equivalent to listening to 3-4 songs on Spotify.

Keep in mind, while the voice chatting was active, there was a minimal transfer of files, which should considerably increase data usage.

If your friends, coworkers, or co-students send images, documents, or videos in the Discord channel you are joined, the usage could considerably rise. Still, no more than 200MB every three hours, even for more extreme cases.

Upload data was again negligible because of the minimal file transfer. Only 1MB of upload usage.

But, if you do plan on consistently uploading files, your upload data usage will definitely increase.

Estimated Data Usage After 24 Hours Of Voice Chat

With the data gathered above, we can get a rough estimate of the total data usage after 24 hours.

It’s evident that after 24 hours of maintaining the same tempo of communication and limited upload and download of files, the total download and upload data usage should not be more than 200MB.

Less than 1GB in extreme cases but definitely possible.

Discord’s Data Usage Compared To Other Popular Applications

Even with the information above, it can be difficult for some people to put those 200 megabytes of data usage into perspective.

Here’s a nifty comparison table to help you visualize the differences between applications.

ApplicationDownloadUpload
Discord5Mb to 50Mb per hour1 to 25Mb per hour
Netflix500Mb to 1.5Gb per hour10Mb to 50Mb per hour
Browsing60Mb to 150Mb per hour20MB to 70MB per hour
YouTube300Mb to 450Mb per hour5MB to 20MB per hour

Note: Expect this kind of data consumption when watching Netflix at 1080p and YouTube at 720p

With this table, it is pretty obvious that Discord has pretty low data consumption. It has better consumption than most of the other applications that we use daily. YouTube, Netflix, and even basic browsing use more resources than using Discord.

The information gathered regarding Netflix is based on official information, while information on browsing and Youtube is again based on our experience and by tracking with our internet monitoring application.

Optimize & Reduce Discord Data Consumption

If you are worried that Discord is still wasting too much of your precious Internet data, there are some options for reducing the app’s consumption.

Head on over to User Settings and then select Text & Images tab.

Here are some settings that you should disable to reduce data consumption:

  • When uploaded directly to Discord, images larger than 10MB will not be previewed
  • Automatically play GIFs when Discord is focused
  • Show website preview info from links pasted into chat
  • Stickers – Always animate

Summary

It’s important to be careful not to surpass the data cap early in the month, which is why it’s a good idea to use an internet traffic monitoring app.

Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be worried about Discord taking up too much of your internet because the total data consumption is lower than most of the basic work you do on your phone, computer, or any other device.

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Branko Gapo

Keeping up with the incredibly fast evolution of computer technology is impossible. Branko aims to use his knowledge on this matter to share news and information on all the latest essential technological innovations and advancements.