If you’re always on the go and would like to keep yourself updated with the latest shows on Netflix, the company has just added a very useful feature for its Android and iOS app – the ability to control the quality of the videos based on how much mobile data you want to use.
The update is currently rolling out, and should already be available for you to download. Once you’ve received it, you can head to the settings menu on the app, and be greeted with a new “cellular data usage” feature. As always, if you wish to have a higher quality video, it will use more data. Netflix lets you pick low, medium, high or unlimited data. Low lets you watch about 4 hours per GB, medium gives about 2 hours per GB while high lets you watch 1-hour worth of videos for every GB of mobile data. By default, Netflix lets users stream about 3 hours of videos per GB.
In terms of bitrates, that currently amounts to about 600 Kilobits per second. Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees. If you have a mobile data plan with a higher data cap, you can adjust this setting to stream at higher bitrates. Our goal is to give you more control and greater choice in managing your data usage whether you’re on an unlimited mobile plan or one that’s more restrictive.
In addition to that, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users can now use 3D touch on the latest version of the Netflix app. On your home screen, you can now use 3D touch to quickly continue watching your last movie, see what’s trending now, check out your list of movies, or perform a search.