4 Ways to Save Mobile Data on Instagram – Gadgets to Use

If you use Instagram frequently, you may have seen your data pack run out much faster than usual. This is because Instagram consumes a lot of mobile data, especially if you keep scrolling the reels or watch a lot of IGTV videos. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce Instagram data usage without reducing your time on the platform. In this article, let’s take a look at four quick ways to save mobile data on Instagram.

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Record mobile data usage on Instagram app

Instagram is full of high quality endless scrolling images, IGTV videos and reels. This is why spending time on Instagram consumes more data than almost any other social media app on your phone. That said, we have some convenient ways to save the mobile data used by the Instagram app, detailed below.

1. Activate data saver in Instagram (Android, iOS)

Instagram comes with a built-in data saver, which can be used when you are running low on data. When activated, it stops loading videos in advance which ultimately reduces data usage. However, it may take a bit longer to play the reels and videos in your stream.

To activate the data saver in Instagram:

  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile.
  2. Here click on the hamburger menu and select Settings.
  3. Click on Account and select Cellular data usage.
  4. Here, activate the toggle for Data saver.

2. Disable high resolution support (Android only)

In the same data saver section, Instagram also offers an option to turn off high resolution media. As the name suggests, this lowers the quality of media on the platform to reduce data consumption.

Images and videos may not look as sharp as they used to be, but you’ll definitely save a good chunk of mobile data and things will load faster than usual. The option is currently only available for Android users.

To turn off high-resolution media on Instagram:

  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile.
  2. Here click on the hamburger menu and select Settings.
  3. Click on Account and select Cellular data usage.
  4. Here click on High resolution media and select WiFi only.

3. Use Instagram Lite (Android only)

Like Facebook, Instagram offers a light version of its app called Instagram Lite. It lacks some of the functionality of the main app, but loads faster and uses less mobile data. So if you have internet connection or limited data pack then try using Instagram Lite.

The app has all the basic features including Stories, DM, Explore tab, and even reels. However, the reels cannot be shared in the story. It also ignores cube transitions, animations, AR filters, and Instagram Live functionality. A dark mode is in the works, however.

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4. Activate system data saving mode

Android and iOS both offer built-in data saving modes. When enabled, they will limit background online activity to reduce data usage.

On Android, you will usually find the option in Settings > Mobile network > Data usage. While on iOS you can access Settings > Mobile data > Mobile data options > activate Low data mode.

Here is more information on how to backup mobile data on your Android phone.

Tip – Check how much data Instagram is using

Want to keep tabs on how much data Instagram uses? Well, Android and iOS let you see the data usage of the apps installed on the phone.

On Android, open Settings and select Mobile network. Here, press Data usage. If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Mobile data and scroll to the list of applications. Here you can check the mobile data used by Instagram and other apps on your device.


Here are some quick tips to save mobile data on Instagram app for Android and iOS. The above methods will definitely help you reduce internet usage on your phone and you won’t have to worry about your data pack running out. So give them a try and let me know your experience in the comments below. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have anything else to add.

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