Minimizing Internet Data Consumption and Bandwidth on Zoom Video Conference

Are you’re receiving warning alert on Zoom that “Your connection is unstable” or probably you just decided to minimize your network internet usage to stay under a data limit, there are different approach for you to reduce your bandwidth and data usage during Zoom Video Conference Meetings.

Put off the Video Camera when not in use

When participating in a meetings that do not demand seeing each other, then consider turning putting off your video camera to reduce the amount of data going in and out of your system. This can be achieved by adjusting your zoom settings, such that you always join meetings with your camera off. You could also choose to have participants’ cameras off for meetings in which you are the host.

Zoom video Conference Meeting

Turn off the HD Video

When the video is in HD resolution mode, means more data will drastically be required, so it is imperative to turn it off. This could be necessary when the quality of the image you’re sending via the application isn’t critical.

How to Turn off the HD in your Zoom client:

For Desktop Zoom Users, first click on Settings (the gear icon).

Secondly, click on Video in the left-hand menu.

Finally, In the “My Video section”, uncheck the box beside Enable HD if it is checked.

Share Screen, only when necessary:

When you don’t need screen sharing, always remember to stop screen sharing. Moreso, demand that other participants in the zoom conference meeting turn off their screen sharing when they are done with their Presentation.

Rather than Screen Sharing, Make use of Online Collaborative Application:

There are several applications, like Google Drive, Onebox, Box Notes, Office Online Documents, and Google Apps that permits several persons to open and edit the files at once from different locations. These applications can use less data than streaming video, while still allowing everyone to see changes as they occur.

When not Speaking, always Mute your Audio:

Although, Audios usually don’t use as much bandwidth as video, you can also minimize the bandwidth usage by muting the audio setting when you’re not speaking.
To do this, go to the bottom left corner of the Zoom screen (mute button) to toggle your audio off and on.

Another option could be using direct phone call to connect to Zoom meeting audio rather than using PC Audio within the meeting. The phone numbers to connect to a Zoom Conference Meetings are usually included in the invitation link from the host under the heading “Dial by Your Location.”

Use the Cloud Recording Option for Zoom Conference Meetings:

Hosts who decides to record Zoom meetings can take advantage of Zoom’s cloud recording option. This feature is advantageous to Personal Assistance and Aides. On demand, the Cloud Recordings are directly transferred to Cornell’s Video and you don’t need to upload them from your system.

How to Improve Zoom Performance:

  1. Limit High-bandwidth Activities by others using your hotspot

Other people using your internet hotspot will affect the bandwidth available to your Zoom Conference Meeting. Stop or prevent others from streaming of video or music, playing online games, or uploading and downloading of large files. These activities can significantly have a negative impact on your Zoom Performance.

  1. Avoid Running other data-intensive Applications When using Zoom:

You can improve the quality of your Zoom Conference of Participants by not running other data Consuming applications during meetings. For Instance, streaming video or music sites, or other websites with dynamic content are all data Consuming. You may need to verify your network data usage through “Activity Monitor” on Mac systey or “Task Manager” in Windows. This would enable you to ascertain which programs are data sabotage.