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How much data does Zoom use?

The amount of data your Zoom call will devour depends mostly on the call quality and how many people are in it.

Worried about how much data those constant Zoom meetings and catch-ups are using? Here's an easy way to calculate your video conferencing data consumption.

How much data does Zoom use per hour?

The amount of data Zoom uses depends on how many people are in the call and the video quality you're using. Keep in mind that 1080p video settings are only available to users with an Enterprise licence.

1:1 meeting

For a 1:1 Zoom meeting, you'll spend somewhere between 540MB and 1.62GB per hour (9MB to 27MB per minute), depending on the quality of your video being streamed.

Video qualityDownloadUploadTotal data usage
High270MB/hr270MB/hr540MB/hr
720p540MB/hr540MB/hr1.08GB/hr
1080p810MB/hr810MB/hr1.62GB/hr

Group meeting

For a group Zoom meeting, you'll spend somewhere between 810MB and 2.4GB per hour (13.5MB to 40MB per minute), depending on the quality of your video being streamed. Even on lower video settings, your data use will increase the more people are taking part in the meeting.

Video qualityDownloadUploadTotal data usage
High450MB/hr360MB/hr810MB/hr
720p675MB/hr675MB/hr1.35GB/hr
1080p1.2GB/hr1.2GB/hr2.4GB/hr

As a point of reference, you'd use about 1GB an hour if you streamed Netflix on standard quality or 3GB an hour if you're streaming in HD. If you're in a 1:1 meeting, you'd definitely use less data over an hour on Zoom, but your data usage can easily spike when you're in a group Zoom.

Tips to reduce your Zoom data usage

  • Turn off your camera. Sending pure audio uses about a 10th of the data that having your video on uses. Keeping your camera off will cut your total data usage by around 40%.
  • Reduce your video quality. Lower video quality means lower data usage. You can lower the quality of your video on desktop in the Video Settings section of your account. Untick "HD Video" if it's selected. On a mobile, your stream quality is decided automatically and you can't change it.

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What type of Internet is best for Zoom?

The Internet connection you'll need for a smooth Zoom experience will depend on how often you use it and how many people are online at the same time. If you have two or more people in the house working from home simultaneously, you'll likely want an NBN50 plan for a good connection.

If you're on mobile data, your Zoom connection and quality will be reduced to match your connection type. Overall, it should use less data than on a desktop, although mobile data caps tend to be much lower than home Internet plans. Watch out for excessive data consumption, especially in group calls.

Compare NBN plans for working from home below

Luckily, most NBN plans come with unlimited data so if you're not already on an unlimited plan, check out the range below.

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Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Dodo NBN100 Unlimited Comparison Exclusive
NBN
Month-to-month
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: $70/mth for the first 6 months, then $85/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 27.2.24
Exclusive
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $79. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
95Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
95Mbps
nbn™100
$70
per month
Min total cost is $70 for first month
Price
$70 per month
Min total cost is $70 for first month
TPG NBN50
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$74.99
per month
Min total cost is $74.99 for first month
Price
$74.99 per month
Min total cost is $74.99 for first month
iiNet NBN100 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $89.99/mth for the first 12 months, then $99.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
90Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
90Mbps
nbn™100
$89.99
per month
Min total cost is $89.99 for first month
Price
$89.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $89.99 for first month
Dodo NBN50 Unlimited Finder Exclusive
NBN
Month-to-month
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: $70/mth for the first 6 months, then $80/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 27.2.24
Exclusive
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $79. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$70
per month
Min total cost is $70 for first month
Price
$70 per month
Min total cost is $70 for first month
Belong NBN Premium Broadband
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $80/mth for the first 6 months, then $90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$80
per month
Min total cost is $80 for first month
Price
$80 per month
Min total cost is $80 for first month
Tangerine NBN Value Plus
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $59.90/mth for the first 6 months, then $79.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $139.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$59.90
per month
Min total cost is $59.90 for first month
Price
$59.90 per month
Min total cost is $59.90 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Fast
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $75/mth for the first 12 months, then $85/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $78. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$75
per month
Min total cost is $75 for first month
Price
$75 per month
Min total cost is $75 for first month
Optus Plus Everyday Fast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $89/mth for the first 6 months, normally $99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$89
per month
Min total cost is $395 for first month
Price
$89 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $395 for first month
More Value Plus NBN
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $0/mth for the first 3 months for CommBank customers, then $79.20/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.8.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $139.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$88
per month
Min total cost is $88 for first month
Price
$88 per month
Min total cost is $88 for first month
Tangerine NBN Value
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.90/mth for the first 6 months, then $64.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $139.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$49.90
per month
Min total cost is $49.90 for first month
Price
$49.90 per month
Min total cost is $49.90 for first month
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