How to Lower Data Usage for WhatsApp Calls on iPhone and Android

Last Updated: January 9, 2017

If you use WhatsApp calling extensively then this tutorial will help you to cut down on your internet bill by lowering the data consumed by WhatsApp calls. Follow this guide to reduce data usage for WhatsApp Calls on iPhone and Android.

Reduce Data Usage for WhatsApp calls

I have been heavily dependent on WhatsApp calling ever since it was introduced in 2015. WhatsApp has become even more useful after the most expected video calling feature was rolled out in late 2016. With more than a billion users on WhatsApp, I am sure that the number of people making use of WhatsApp calling is also healthy. For the others who find WhatsApp calls distractive can disable WhatsApp calls.

Keeping in mind it’s extensive usage, we share an official WhatsApp setting which helps you lower data usage for WhatsApp calls. So, let’s get to it.

Reduce Data Usage For WhatsApp Calls

The steps are almost same for both Android and iPhone with slight changes.


1. Open WhatsApp and go to Settings.

2. Select Data and Storage Usage under Settings.

3. Under Call Settings, toggle Low Data Usage to ON.

Low Data Usage WhatsApp calls iPhone

Turning on this setting lowers the data consumption during a WhatsApp call.


1. Open WhatsApp and tap on three vertical dots at the top right corner. Select Settings.

2. Under Settings, select Data Usage.

3. Select the checkbox to the right of Low data usage to enable it.

Low Data Usage WhatsApp calls Android

With this, you have enabled Low Data usage for WhatsApp calls on Android and iPhone.

I did a test to see approximately how much data was saved by enabling the setting.

First, I made a call keeping the setting disabled for 2 minutes 5 seconds. The data usage was 747 KB.

Next, I made a voice call after enabling the above setting for 2 minutes 10 seconds. The data usage was 511 KB.

Lower Data Usage for WhatsApp calls

Woah! It does work like a charm.

Now, I possibly know what’s going in your mind. Here’s my guess.

Does enabling low data usage for WhatsApp calls affect the call quality?

As for the short answer, it is a big NO.

I didn’t observe any drop in call quality. If there was any it was not significant. At least it was not noticeable to my ears.

So, based on my experience I would definitely recommend all the WhatsApp users using calling users to turn on this setting.

Here are a few tutorials related to WhatsApp calls which you might find helpful.

1. How to set different WhatsApp call ringtone for each Contact

2. How to record WhatsApp calls in Android and iPhone

3. How to get WhatsApp call history printout or download

Let us know your experience in the comments section below.


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