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How to Save data on Netflix by activating the AV1 codec

When we watch Netflix on TV, we usually don't have problems with data consumption, but things change when we are watching content from mobile, without Wi-Fi, and pulling a data connection. In situations like this, every megabyte counts, and if we are away from home and cannot get free Wi-Fi .

In February of this year Netflix announced the adoption of a new video codec that can help us consume less data while maintaining the same streaming quality. This is the AV1 codec and for some weeks now it is available for the Netflix app on Android.
How to activate the AV1 codec to save data in the Netflix app

As reported by the company itself, this new codec is 20% more efficient in terms of data consumption, compared to the old VP9 codec (which is the codec that the app uses by default). However, the AV1 codec is not activated as standard, so to take advantage of its advantages we must make a small change in the application settings:

    We open the Netflix app on our Android device.
    Click on "More -> Application Settings".
    Enter “Use of mobile data” in the “Video playback” section.
    Disable the "Automatic" tab and select the "Save data" option.

In the words of Netflix itself, this new codec is only available in a limited number of titles, although it is intended that the entire content of the platform end up adopting the AV1 codec for playback.
Other ways to save data on Netflix

If saving data seems like a good idea but we want to reduce consumption to zero, remember that we can always use the “download” function to download a series when we are hooked up to a Wi-Fi network and be able to see it later without connection.