Published on August 12, 2016
Marty lays down the 411 on mobile game data consumption.
Are you a heavy mobile gamer? If you are, I’m guessing one of your biggest concerns, especially if you’re a prepaid user, is how much data your favorite games consume.
Thing is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a complete resource of mobile data usage across all gaming apps, but here’s a list from analytics platform M2 App that might give you insight on a favorite game or two:
Top 10 Android Games Globally
These numbers are fairly accurate but MB usage may still vary on your connection and the handset you use.
For the CoC players out there, you’ll be happy to know that your prepaid data is not under attack. At an average of 0.37MB of data usage per day (not, like, the WHOLE day – just an hour or two on average), that’s nowhere near close to even the lowest prepaid data cap. Candy Crush uses even less data (But, you know, it really depends on whether or not you’re playing for extended periods of time).
Multiplayer games like Hearthstone and location-based games like Pokemon Go, and anything in between that downloads ads and patches in the background to the ones that upload scores, use more than others but it’s still manageable if you only play for a few hours a day. (Phew! Extra relieved to know that there’s no stopping the Pokemon Go mania!)
Of course, if you’re really scrimping, the best way to save on mobile data and still get your gaming fix is to switch it up with offline games. There are a lot that don’t require constant Internet access once it’s downloaded on your phone. Some of my favorites include Angry Birds, Badland, Crossy Road and Shadow Fight.
More than games, it’s actually social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, and video streaming apps like Netflix, that’s killing your data. As with anything, moderation is key! Here’s a guide I wrote previously to help you manage your data consumption better.