Data Stretch FAQs

What is Data Stretch?

Data Stretch is an on device service that allows you to watch mobile video by reducing video streams to around 480p which looks great on your device and uses ¼ to ½ of the data compared to 1080p.

How does Data Stretch work?

Data Stretch uses a VPN to route video streaming data streams through a propriety server that requests lower bandwidth streams that are often indistinguishable from higher quality bandwidth streams on mobile devices.


Most mobile video is streamed in HD 1080p. Data Stretch works by reducing video streams to around 480p which looks great on your device and uses ¼ to ½ of the data compared to 1080p. All this is done on your device without the need of remote servers. 

How can I tell Data Stretch is working?

The application is working when you see either of these appropriate Android or iOS icons in the notification bar at the top of your device.
Android key symbol:
iOS VPN symbol:

Does Data Stretch impact my device battery?

The app uses very little battery. However, the operating system (OS) incorrectly credits the app for the battery usage of other apps, because the OS estimates battery usage based on how much data is sent/received by an app. When Data Stretch is installed, it will appear to the OS that it is responsible for all data usage when the app is optimising the actual data usage coming from other apps (YouTube, Instagram, etc.) you use. As a result, the OS is simply shifting the credit for data/battery usage from those apps to Data Stretch.