Microsoft Teams is getting a helpful feature to stop you blasting through your data

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Whether you're working from home (opens in new tab) or have already returned to the office, video conferencing software (opens in new tab) such as Microsoft Teams (opens in new tab) has proven to be an excellent way to stay connected with co-workers and clients.

However, video calls can quickly drain the battery of your smartphone or laptop and they use a lot more data when compared to an email, text message or phone call.

Poor network connectivity can also lead to a bad experience when using Teams and this is especially true on Windows 10 (opens in new tab) which consumes more data than mobile devices.

While Microsoft added an offline mode (opens in new tab) to Teams late last year that allows users to queue messages to be sent later, the software giant is also working on a new low data mode feature that is scheduled to arrive soon.

Low data mode

In a new update (opens in new tab) to its Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Microsoft has provided additional details on how its low data mode feature will work in Teams when it's released later this month.

Whether you want to save data on your mobile device or have to take a meeting in a location with a poor network connection, the feature will allow you to limit the amount of data used during a video call.

Teams' low data mode will allow users to cap the amount of data that will be used during video calls but they'll also be able to establish different settings based on network availability. For instance, if you know you'll be traveling to a remote place, you can adjust the settings in Teams beforehand to ensure that your video calls are still clear even when you have limited network connectivity.

When Microsoft's new low data mode feature arrives in Teams, it will be available on both mobile and desktop so that employees can work from anywhere (opens in new tab) without disruptions during their video calls.

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.