Ever wonder why your cellular plan is finishing in less than 30 days? Well, it’s because you are using apps that consume too much data. Data usage is the amount of data you use when you are connected to your cellular network. That being said, whenever you are NOT connected to your unlimited Wi-Fi, your data plan is being consumed. For instance, social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are known to eat your data plan instantly. Other apps such as Spotify and Netflix also kill your data plan. Lastly, voice and video calling apps also consume a lot from your data plan. Continue reading this article to learn which messaging apps consume the least data.        

Data Usage of Different Messaging Apps

One of the reasons people use messaging apps is to save money and avoid mobile bills as much as possible. Using messaging apps to text, make voice and video calls while connected to a Wi-Fi network is pretty efficient. But when you’re connected to your cellular data, that is when your data starts draining . Here’s a list of chat apps that consume the least data usage while connected to your cellular data or limited Wi-Fi network.

Pinngle Messenger

Founded in 2016, Pinngle is a free messaging app that allows users to connect safely and securely through text and high quality voice calls and video chats. Pinngle has over 5 million active users and strives to be the most dependable messenger service worldwide. As for the amount of data they use, Pinngle  consumes 30%-40% less data compared to other messaging apps. Pinnglee uses 8 Kb for 1 second during a voice call. Data usage of 1 message depends on the message length and network header. It makes up 120 B plus the message size.


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Skype is a communication service that provides instant messaging, voice and video calls over the internet for free. The video chat service first appeared on the market in 2003 and is still one of the most popular video conferencing platforms. If you’re using Skype for calls and messages, it’ll take more data than when you just sign in and leave it idle. As compared to voice calls, video calls require more data. For a 1-minute Skype-to-Skype call, the app requires 50Kb/s or nearly 3MB. A one-minute call to landlines or mobiles will take 6-20 Kb/s or approximately 1MB. For video calls between 2 mobile devices, the app requires 500Kb/s. Finally, for video calls between a mobile device and a computer, the app requires 600Kb/s.  


Viber, similar to Pinngle and Skype is a cross-platform voice over IP and instant messaging application offering free voice and video calls. It was founded in 2010 and is now operated by Japanese multinational company Rakuten. If you want to use Viber while you are connected to your cellular data, it will consume nearly 240 KB per minute up and down, and 14 MB per hour up and down. As for text messages, they are under 1Kb (125 B) per 500 characters.


WhatsApp is acquired by Facebook. This messenger is considered the largest cross-platform mobile messaging app. If you’re using WhatsApp’s general data usage mode for voice calls, the app will consume 310 KB. On its low data usage mode, the app will take 204 KB.  Similar to the rest of the messaging apps, If you haven’t exceeded your data limit or you’re connected to a free Wi-Fi network, you shouldn’t be charged extra for messaging or calling.


The LINE messaging app was first launched in Japan in 2011. It was developed as a disaster response tool to provide better and affordable communication. Since then, the app has grown exponentially all around the world offering free voice and video calls. As for the data usage, LINE spends 374 KB of data per minute on a voice call.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger, which is widely known as just Messenger, is among the top chat apps these days. The Messenger has over 1.3 billion users and is expected to grow to 2.4 billion users by 2021. The messenger allows you to make free voice and video calls, as well as create group chats and conference calls. Regarding its data usage, If you’re using Facebook Messenger for making voice calls, the messenger will consume 333 KB per minute, on average from your data plan.

Which calling app consumes the least data ?

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As you can tell, Pinngle offers the least data usage compared to other messaging apps. You’ll be able to voice and video call more when your cellular or even Wi-Fi plan is limited.  And more importantly, the quality of the calls stays the same and does not get  depreciated. 

If you’re looking for a more affordable messaging app consider using Pinngle Messenger as it is a better communication service provider. You can even  use it in areas with limited internet, data usage caps, expensive data or overburdened networks.

Linda Stanfield

Linda is a Storyteller and passionate about blogging. She currently covers topics related to bags, shoes, women's clothing, sustainable products and hats.

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