A new report has pinpointed exactly which apps consume the most of your data when you put them on your smartphone — so now you know why you’re always running low.

Sometimes it can seem like after just a few minutes of aimless scrolling on social media, you’re already getting a message that your monthly data limit is dangerously low. Thanks to a study commissioned by BuyMobiles, we now know exactly which apps to point to for that problem — and TikTok is one of the worst offenders.

According to the research, the average TikTok user spends 53 minutes per day browsing the app, which would consume 742MB of mobile data based on their usage of 840MB per hour. This makes it the most intensive social media app, but it still may not be to blame for pushing your data limit to the limit.

Instagram is the second most greedy of the social media platforms, apparently using 720MB per hour, but the downside is that users tend to spend even longer browsing this app – on average about 145 minutes a day, which gives you a lagging behind with a whopping 1.74 GB of data alone

Other social media sites are much less data-intensive, with Twitter and Facebook consuming 360MB and 100MB per hour respectively, so while they’re used about as much as Instagram, they’re unlikely to cause the same degree of data drain.

A surprising result was that Snapchat is remarkably efficient with data, despite being so image and video driven; the ephemeral social network uses a paltry 160MB of data every hour.

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However, if you watch TV shows or movies using your mobile data, it’s all the more likely the reason you’re considering a new contract. Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube each consume about 3GB of data for every hour you stream. BBC iPlayer is much more data-friendly, using only 225MB per hour, while streaming an hour’s worth of songs on Spotify would only cost you around 40MB of data.

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Should you decide to call your friends or colleagues while you don’t have Wi-Fi, keep in mind that this may incur costs. Zoom consumes 810MB on its calls, while Skype (700MB) and Google Hangouts (600MB) are at least a tad more efficient.

You can view the full results of the survey in the infographic below:

Image Credit: Buy Mobiles

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