Running Out of Bandwidth Watching YouTube

Are you running out of bandwidth watching YouTube? You’re likely an addict. I am, and I’ve found ways to enjoy it longer. I’ve found other things to do on YT when my limit of monthly megabytes are close. If you’re like me, you’d rather watch YouTube than TV. It’s much more interesting! Unfortunately, limits can ruin the fun. It stinks when you have to worry about how much you’re watching, but you can stretch it out. Take a look at these options when bandwidth is getting low because of YouTube videos. At least you won’t have to give it up completely and go through withdrawals.

The Most Effective Way to Save Bandwidth on YouTube

You’re likely already running low on bandwidth or you wouldn’t be here right now. If you know how to save bandwidth on YouTube you can enjoy it much longer. Before watching a video, click on the gear icon (⚙) in the settings along the bottom of each individual video. Lower the quality to 480p or less, but only if it won’t negatively affect the overall experience. It takes more bandwidth to watch HQ videos than those set at 480p or less. The video should be clear enough to comfortably view, and you won’t eat up your bandwidth with higher quality. Unfortunately, you’ll have to change each one since the options in settings are chosen and set by the videographer. Some can’t be changed, but it pays to downgrade the quality when possible.

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Other Ways to Reduce Bandwidth Usage On YouTube –

  • Pick and choose videos much more carefully
  • Click away before the closing remarks. Most just repeat the same phrase each time anyway, and it usually goes something like this – “Like, share, subscribe, and donate to my Patreon account.” Yadda, yadda, yadda, blah, blah, blah! You already know what to do!
  • Limit yourself to a set number of videos or minutes of watch time each day
  • Lower the playback quality down from 720p
  • Watch using wifi and your mobile network to avoid using up either one
  • Turn off autoplay to avoid playing vids that you aren’t watching while asleep or away

The Comments Can Be Very Entertaining!

As you know, YouTube comments can be just as if not more entertaining than the videos. When running out of bandwidth watching YouTube, read the comments on videos that you’ve already watched. Even if you read through them before, new ones were likely added, right? Some channels have comment sections that are more interesting than the videos. You know which ones they are. Bookmark new channels of interest for those low bandwidth days. At least you’ll be able to enjoy a little YouTube entertainment without costing yourself a small fortune or decreasing the functionality of your Internet connection. Some companies reduce your speeds while others charge for overages. Neither option is desirable.

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Save Interesting Titles to Watch Later

When you become bored reading comments and you need something new to do, go through channels of interest, and save titles to watch later. Take your time and you’ll find all sorts of interesting new people, places, and subjects. You’ll have a whole list of videos to watch when the bandwidth resets. You don’t have to watch YouTube videos to stay thoroughly entertained. Searching and saving can be fun, and without watching new ones.

Comment and Rate Old Videos When Running Out of Bandwidth Watching YouTube

These aren’t the only things to do on YouTube. You can also go back through videos that you’ve watched and comment and rate those that were missed. Chances are, you didn’t rate and comment on all of them. It takes far less bandwidth to do that than it does to download videos.These are things that you can do while running out of bandwidth watching YouTube, but they’re also things that you can do from the very beginning of the month. That way you’ll have plenty of bandwidth to use all month long. Why not stretch it out?

Check Out Some of My Favorite YouTubers

Yes, everyone has different likes and dislikes, but I like to promote my favorite YouTubers whenever possible. After all, they provide free entertainment and valuable info, and they deserve a plug now and then. The following YouTube videographers are my four favorites. Check them out! Also, be sure to like videos that you appreciate, subscribe, and share. Yadda, yadda, yadda!

  • The Food Ranger – Trevor James is a Canadian living in Chengdu Sishuan China and traveling the world sampling street food and more
  • Gabriel Traveler – Extremely interesting travel adventures
  • The Bonnie Life – Wish hauls, other shopping hauls, crafts, and much more
  • Exploring with Rick & Bekah – A married couple exploring abandoned properties to find interesting things left behind

It was difficult to choose just four of my favorite YouTube channels. I subscribe to dozens more. Each one is unique, and I like them for different reasons. I’m sure you have your own list of favorites. Please feel free to share your YouTube channel link in the comments. As long as it’s PG-14 or less, I’ll make it available for those in search of new YouTube channels to watch. In any case, if you’re running out of bandwidth watching YouTube, take my advice and enjoy it longer instead of waiting for that dreaded impending doom notification. Check out new channels and subjects. You might be surprised by the amazing number of topics that you’ll find interesting. If my bandwidth was unlimited, I wouldn’t get anything done!


Kimberly Dalessandro (a.k.a. Crystal Ray) began her online writing career in 2005 with PageWise Incorporated and went on to become a top writer for both Associated Content and Yahoo Voices under the pen name Crystal Ray. In early 2017 she launched Blue Crystal Sky ~ Everything Under the Sun. She is continually coming up with new ideas to share with the world.

4 thoughts on “Running Out of Bandwidth Watching YouTube

  • October 14, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Sorry, but turning off Auto Play does NOT work! You tube wants it that way!
    It may stop while you are in that browser page or profile, but once you change , move windows or change anything…..the auto shut off resets itself back to Autoplay.

    Hey, youtube needs all the untrue stats on viewing for advertisers it can get!

    I never use YouTube unless absolutely no option. My internet bills for usage have doubled since You tube rigged their auto play to re set back to ON after moving to a diffent video etc…

    When will we get some anti-trust legislation to finally remove Google et al from the “protection” laws that keep relieve them from pay8ng taxes, and being publishers..which they are when they control and edit the content….come on President Trump…go after the Technocratic Monopolies!

    • October 14, 2019 at 6:08 PM

      Thanks for your comment, Joe. I noticed the autoplay on just last night, and I wondered how it came on. I didn’t think I had touched it. Thanks for the heads up. That is a dirty tactic for ad revenue.

  • August 9, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    such a great article. Makes me want to try to starting watching you tube lol

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