Data useage


(Tim Shears) #1

Does anyone have a rough idea of how much data Zwift uses?

I run on Apple TV and up to now have had unlimited broadband so I haven’t even thought about it.

I am moving to a property where we will only be using 4g. Very fast, but a defined data allowance. Would be a shame to blow it all on 1 day!


(Steve Copeland) #2

Its tiny. I use it on my iPad when travelling in hotel gyms for running and its a fairly small stream of data as the app is device based and its just exchanging updates for position and power etc. What its really sensitive to is latency rather than bandwidth.


(Tim Shears) #3

Great, thanks.


(Steve Ellis) #4

As of a year ago, a network traffic analyzer showed that we used something in the range of 90MB to 200MB total per hour for Zwift. I haven’t tracked that info recently.


(Tim RO4H ZF) #5

Data usage also depends on if you are in an event such as a group ride versus free ride or individual workout. Riding with a group uses much more data than alone. I have used over 4 GB during a ride with a large group versus MB of data usage when riding alone.


(Tim Shears) #6

So how do i ride alone then. i am not interested in group rides. I always do personal workouts.

Regards
Tim


(Tim RO4H ZF) #7

You can just free ride by entering the game and riding. If you want the bare minimum of data use, you can enter the game and either start a free ride or workout and then disconnect from the internet. Do your ride then reconnect at the end to upload your data to Zwift. I use to do that when we had no more monthly data and I wanted to Zwift. Of course you miss out on the social aspect of Zwifting. To save data I would also ride along with a group ride and chat with friends in the ride using discord, chat with ride members using ZML, or just ride along. That saved a lot of data and you were Riding along but not in the event module.