How much bandwidth does Zoom use?
Zoom needs a minimum of 3 Mbps download speeds in order to work effectively. That’s enough to let you participate in one-on-one and group calls and share your screen with a smooth connection—although more bandwidth will definitely improve the overall quality of your Zoom call.
What’s the difference between data and bandwidth?
Internet users often equate bandwidth with data, but actually the two are very different things. Think of it this way:
- Data is information you consume on the internet.
- Bandwidth is the capacity you have to consume that information.
Bandwidth—also known as internet speed—is the rate by which you can transfer data from a server to your device and vice versa. If your internet plan has higher bandwidth, you’ll be able to transfer more data in a shorter period of time.
Everything you do when you’re on the internet involves transferring digital data. When you’re teleconferencing on Zoom, for example, you’re downloading and uploading data as you interact with other participants over your respective video feeds, send each other chat messages, and share your screens.