Users of the popular video-streaming service Netflix, may have noticed an update to its Android and iOS applications. And while the update doesn’t shake up the mobile interface or bring a number of novel features, it does introduce a new setting that benefits those whose Netflix usage involves streaming on cellular networks, or simply put, the use of data.
Under the new set of cellular controls, subscribers will be able to select between five streaming options: Off (which cuts off data use for the app), Low, Medium, High, and Unlimited. By changing the quality of video playback, users can extend their viewing hours on Netflix.
The goal is to allow users to have more control over their data use when watching content on the go without ever worrying about overages or data limits.
When set to Low, for example, the settings can squeeze out “about 4 hours of TV shows and movies per gigabyte of data.” Switching from Low to Medium, meanwhile, cuts viewing times by as much as half for the same amount of data.
On the flip side, those with unlimited data plans can now “Netflix and chill” at the best possible quality over cellular.
To change the app’s cellular-data access, tap App Settings from the menu on the upper-left corner, and then select Cellular Data Usage. From there, you can choose a data-usage setting that works best with your data plan.