How Much Bandwidth Does Video Calling Use in 2020?

Video calling apps became a necessity during the current global pandemic. The folks working from home are using the video conferencing apps for their office meetups. Also, the students these days are taking online lessons via video calling. Now, there are a lot of applications that cater to this purpose. All of these apps such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype are pretty popular and have their solid user base.

In this post, we will discuss how much bandwidth does a video conference call utilizes. I have put up bandwidth consumption details for all the major video calling apps like WhatsApp, Skype, and Zoom. Also, I have included some basic tips that will help you to use these apps more efficiently. So, let’s get into the guide.

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How Much Bandwidth Does Video Calling Use in 2020?

We will check it out on-by-one for each of the three WhatsApp, Zoom, and Skype.

Bandwidth usage in WhatsApp Video Call

From whatever I have experienced if you use WhatsApp for video call then, close to 4 to 5 MB per minute of data will be spent. This I am saying for a stable internet connection. Again this figure may vary depending upon your ISP(Internet Service Provider). If in that particular area, it is going through downtime, then your video call may stutter. As lesser data transmission is possible, you will experience lag.
WhatsApp Video Calling

If on average you make a lot of video calls over WhatsApp in a week, then I suggest you get a better data plan. You may not have 24*7 Wi-Fi access at your place. So, with an expanded data plan you do not have to worry for data running out while you are on a call.

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Consumption of Bandwidth on Skype

One of the oldest applications for online one-to-one and conferencing calls is Skype. Here is an official presentation of bandwidth required for various call types over this app.
Skype Video Calling

 What Kind of Call  Minimum Data(Download/Upload) Maximum Data(Download/Upload)
Calling   30kbps / 30kbps   100kbps / 100kbps
Screen Sharing   128kbps / 128kbps   300kbps / 300kbps
Video Call (High Quality)   400kbps / 400kbps   500kbps / 500kbps
Video Call (HD)   1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps   1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps
Group Video(3 persons)   512kbps / 128kbps     2Mbps / 512kbps
Group Video(5 persons)   2Mbps / 128kbps     4Mbps / 512kbps
Group Video(10 persons)   4Mbps / 128kbps    8Mbps / 512kbps

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Bandwidth Required for Zoom

Zoom is the latest sensation for online group calls. Let’s check out what amount of data is needed for various kinds of calls. I suggest for good quality call you should turn off other programs that using the internet. Also, you can pause any big downloads you have going on in the background. For example torrents.
Zoom Meeting Video Calling

  Type of Call    Call Quality   Data Usage
One-on-One Video Call      720p HD   1.2 HD / 1.8Mbps Receive/Send
Group Calling      720p HD   1.5 Mbps/ 2 to 3 MBps  Receive/Send
Screen Sharing     High quality    150-200 kbps
Zoom Phone     High Quality   Vary from 70 to 100 kbps
Audio VoIP     High Quality     100 kbps

So, that’s it. This was an estimate for bandwidth consumption for various conference calling apps. Which you do you prefer for video calling.? Do let me know in the comments section below.

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