5 Best Messenger Apps with the Least Data Usage

Having the least data usage feature is one of the most prominent and essential goals for many messenger applications. This feature is especially vital in countries with a limited or slow Internet connection as well as in crowded areas such as airports, shopping malls, festival locations.

Considering these circumstances are quite common in everyone’s life and a low data usage feature is important for your messenger app, some favorite messenger platform development providers are paying more attention to decreasing their voice and video call data usage.

Now you are wondering which of your favorite messengers have added this feature to use less data on calls or messages, don’t you? Then explore our list and choose the best app for you!


Let’s start with the app that uses the least data on voice and video calls without compromising quality. Besides, it doesn’t keep your communication history on any servers, and all the messages are encrypted.

In its general data usage mode, Zangi consumes 216KB of data for a 1-minute voice call. Then, it goes even further, lowering its data consumption to 134KB per minute.

zangi low data usage


Consuming 310KB in general, and 204KB in low data usage mode, WhatsApp is the top second messenger with the least data usage. This is around 1.5 – 2 times higher data consumption compared to Zangi.

This is a relatively a new feature for WhatsApp, so we hope it will be improved shortly with the further development of the application.

Whatsapp Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Facebook, following global messaging app trends, smoothly turned its chat into a separate messenger service. Currently, Facebook Messenger isn’t doing a bad job on data usage; it consumes on average 333KB per minute on a voice call. 

Taking into consideration that Facebook has purchased WhatsApp, it can apply the same methodology of WhatsApp to lower the Messenger data usage.

Facebook Messenger


Founded back in 2006 the initially Dutch messenger app, Nimbuzz has come a long way from the “Symbian” era into the present. The company is catching up with the trends and requirements of the market, including the data usage area.

Nimbuzz spends 366KB of data per minute on a voice call, making it the fourth most optimal messenger app as far as data usage is concerned.

Nimbuzz Messenger


The LINE messaging app, first launched in Japan in 2011, was initially released as a disaster response tool for better and cheaper communication. It has experienced exponential growth ever since.

374KB of data is spent per minute on a voice call with LINE.

LINE Messenger


This chart depicts a better comparison of data usage provided by the abovementioned 5 messenger apps.

Low data usage messengers chart

As you can see from the bar graph, Zangi has a distinct advantage in the least data consumption over the other applications. Out of this 5 apps, only Zangi and WhatsApp have the least data usage feature (see the green column). This is likely to become a trend that other messenger apps need to follow to deliver a better communication service.


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