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Estimate Your Data Usage
The combined activities of all the devices accessing your internet connection affect your monthly data usage.
This includes internet connections by computers, tablets, mobile phones, smart TVs and gaming consoles,
smart appliances and thermostats, security systems and cameras, printers, etc.
Use the Quick Data Calculator or the Advanced Data Calculator below to help you estimate your entire household Internet data usage.
Quick Data Calculator
Step 1: What do you do online?
Surf & Email
Movies & Music
Gaming & file sharing
Step 2: How much do you use the internet daily?
Few devices / users
More devices / users
Many devices / users
Advanced Data Calculator
Consider the combined usage of all members of your household.
General web surfing consists of 2-3 page requests a minute.
Mostly text based, average about 100 KB per page-view.
With videos, advertising, interactivity, etc. Average about 320 KB per page-view.
This is just for viewing the page not interacting with page elements.
Email without attachments is estimated at 15 KB per message.
Emails with attachments:
require more data usage. The average email that has an attachment is estimated at 100 KB per
message. This is an estimated value as attachments can vary greatly in size.
Most major videos sites like Hulu, Youtube, and Netflix use a variable rate when streaming. This
rate is determined by the settings the user chooses as well as their internet connection
Full Length Videos: (Netflix, Hulu)
Standard Definition (SD) video is streamed at 400 – 1200 kbps.
High Definition (HD) video at 720p is streamed at 1200 - 4000 kbps.
High Definition (HD) video at 1080p is streamed at 4000- 8000 kbps.
4K video is streamed at 8000- 14000 kbps.
Estimated 2.5 GB per hour.
Note: Some HD Netflix videos can be streamed at 3800 kbps. Estimated 3.8 GB per hour.
Low quality is typically 96kbps. Low-quality audio streaming uses 0.72MB per minute or 43.2MB per
Normal quality is typically 160kbps. Normal-quality music streaming uses 1.20MB per minute or 72MB
per hour on average.
High quality music is typically 320kbps. High-quality streaming music uses 2.40MB per minute or
115.2MB per hour on average.
A typical 3-minute song download is estimated at 3.7 MB in size. Higher-fidelity songs will require
more data usage.
One hour of online play uses between 40MB - 150MB per hour. This value doesn't take into account
downloading the game, patches, or third party add-ons.
Software: Vary greatly depending on the downloading. We are using 500 MB per software download as a
Updates (Virus/Windows/Gaming Updates) This value will vary depending on the user. Use this field to
estimate the total size of your average monthly updates.
Typical windows updates average around 30-40 MB.
A Service pack update can be as large as 900 MB.
Gaming patches can also range greatly. Most patches range from 3 - 40 MB. Some are above 50 GB.
This tool was designed to help user get an estimated total of their possible bandwidth usage, while
interacting with different elements on the web. The values are examples based on averages using a PC
and are estimates only. The actual amount of data used for the described activity can vary
significantly. Since many activities have many variables that contribute to their bandwidth use,
Sparklight can't give you a 100% accurate value.