In a perfect world, everyone would have access to incredibly fast internet with an unlimited data cap.
But that’s not the case at all.
Statistics claim that only about 60% of the people on the planet have access to the internet. That leaves billions of people without internet and you can imagine how many billions 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. Worried 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.
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, but there is some information available online shared by individuals and a few websites that have done a bit of research on the topic.
We have also gathered some information to help with the research by using GlassWire. It is 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 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 are sending images, documents, or videos in the Discord channel you are joined, the usage could considerably rise. But, no more than 200MB every three hours. Even that is 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.
After 24 hours with the same tempo of communication and limited upload and download of files, the total download and upload data usage should be no 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 in perspective those 200 megabytes of data usage.
Here is a comparison table to help you visualize the differences between applications.
|Discord||5Mb to 50Mb per hour||1 to 25Mb per hour|
|Netflix||500Mb to 1.5Gb per hour||10Mb to 50Mb per hour|
|Browsing||60Mb to 150Mb per hour||20MB to 70MB per hour|
|YouTube||300Mb to 450Mb per hour||5MB 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 on a daily basis. 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 that can reduce 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
It’s important to be careful not to surpass the data cap early in the month which is why it is 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.