Reduce Mobile Data on Android Easily?
Unlimited data plans are so high that most of us have to live in fear of exceeding our monthly phone data quota. However, what if I told you that you could reduce mobile data usage in half in less than a minute?
Here are the 11 simple ways to use less mobile data on Android:-
1. Compress Chrome Web Pages
If you use Chrome Browser for all your web pages, this tip solely can save you 30-36 percent of your mobile browser data consumption. The Data Saver selection reduces web pages before loading them in your browser.
Using Data Saver does slow everything down a little bit, but you quickly get used to it and a moment’s stay is worth it when your data lasts so much longer. Just launch Chrome, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner, go down to Settings and then to Data Saver. Keep an eye on the chart to see your data savings better.
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2. Use Opera’s video compression
The Opera for Android browser presently has a very helpful video compression option, which can save you a load of data if you are frequently watching videos on the go. To use it, just download the Opera browser, go to Settings > Data savings and tick the case that says Video compression.
This setting not only keep saves your data but also means that videos are more expected to load faster.
3. Ditch the Facebook app
It is moderately well acknowledged among Android aficionados that the Facebook app is one of the largest consumers of internet data, not to mention its high resource use and battery drain. Even Facebook Lite uses lots of mobile data. So why not attempt to try a web app or Chrome shortcut
There are several alternative Facebook apps, but many of those are just as greedy as the official version. Even Facebook Lite, which declares to reduce data using by 50 percent, still eats through hundreds of MB in a month.
Try Tinfoil for Facebook, which is just a web app that displays the Facebook website (you can still get push notifications by using Pushbullet). Otherwise, you can also create a Chrome shortcut in your web browser. Just open Facebook in Chrome, open the menu & select Add to Home Screen.
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4. Make use of offline apps and games
Some apps and games require regular internet access to function: this can be simply a safety measure or because they continually need to retrieve data. Some apps and games do not need internet access at all after the original download.
5. Restrict background data of Apps
The simplest way to save data is to put your apps to restrict background data. Background data is all the internet data that passes on when you are not using an app: email syncing, feeds updating, weather widgets, etc.
You can also restrict background data in Settings > Data usage >Restrict Background Data or for individual apps in Settings > Apps.
You can also further change your sync settings for Google services in Settings > Accounts > Google > select account & then untick the services you do not want to sync automatically.
6. Disable auto-updating apps
Another huge drain of your data deduction comes from the particular session of Google Play apps updating. If you hold the Play Store set to auto-update apps, even up to a data connection, this could be eating its way through your deduction every month without you even knowing.
To check, go to the Play Store and swipe out the hand navigation menu. Tap Settings & at the top, you will see Auto-Update Apps. Tap this & make sure you either have it set to ‘Do not auto-update apps’ or ‘Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.’ To maintain individual apps, go to My Apps, choose an app & then tap the overflow menu to check, or uncheck Auto-Update.
7. Put some music on your phone
Services like YouTube, Spotify, Vine & other video and music sites are massive data killers. If there’s a tune or album you are invariably listening to the way to work, you will use much fewer data by placing it onto your phone and listening to it offline, than endlessly running it from the web.
If your phone does not have a micro SD card or sufficient space in its internal memory for you to store music, you can use a micro SD card adapter. Alternatively, you can save music for offline listening.
8. Identify & limit/remove high eating apps
In Settings > Data usage you can get a peek at the apps which are using the most data in the background. This can be useful for knowing which apps you should restrict.
Take Gmail, for example. On my phone, it has downloaded 451 MB of emails in the background. If I felt I did not use the app enough to justify that much data use, I could remove the app, restrict how often it syncs or stop it from downloading attachments, all of which would reduce data consumption.
9. Navigate offline
Google Maps can use up pretty a bit of your mobile data if you are not concerned, but thankfully it is possible to use Google Maps offline. Follow our guide and see how much data you could release.
10. Use Google Docs offline
Google Maps is not the only Google app you can use offline. If you want to make edits to relevant documents without it using up your mobile data, you can.
11. Don’t upload, download or send pictures/videos
A single minute of high definition video captured on a smartphone can take up as much as 200 MB of data. Individual photos can easily pass 40 MB. Don’t even think about uploading those to Facebook, or downloading pictures & videos from friends, unless your mobile data plan can control it.
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