In recent years, the use of mobile data has skyrocketed. Applications have become more hungry and are constantly pushing new versions for an update. Previously, web browsing used to be mainly in text. Now, video streaming services have gained great popularity, and social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have also integrated video services as a main attraction. It has become increasingly difficult to reduce the use of data on Android.
Here we have compiled some of the most effective ways to store Android data.
1. Limit your data usage in the Android settings.
Setting a limit to your monthly data usage is the easiest thing you can do to avoid using large amounts of data without your knowledge. You can limit your mobile data usage on Android through the Settings application. Go to Settings and touch Data usage >> Billing cycle >> Data limit and billing cycle. There you can set the maximum amount of data you intend to use in a month. In addition, you can also choose to automatically disconnect from the network once the data limit is reached.
2. Restrict background data from the application
Some applications continue to consume mobile data even when the smartphone is not in use. Background data allows you to keep your applications monitored and updated while doing various tasks or when the screen is off. But each application does not need to use background data at all times.
Go to Settings >> Data usage and you can see the statistics of what application is consuming the amount of data.
Tap an application and you can see the use of data in the foreground and in the background of that particular application. The use of data in the foreground is the information consumed by the application when you use it actively when it is open. Background data is the data that is consumed when the application is not used and the application runs in the background. It does not require action and it happens automatically. This can include things like automatic application updates or synchronization.
If you find that the background data is too high for an application and you do not need the application to remain in the background at all times, tap “Restrict app background data“. This ensures that the application will consume data only when it is open and therefore use less data.
3. Use data compression in Chrome
Google Chrome is one of the most popular Android browsers. It has a built-in feature that can significantly reduce data consumption on Android.
When data compression is enabled, all your traffic is passed through a proxy executed by Google. Your data is compressed and optimized before sending them to your phone. This results in less data consumption and also accelerates the loading of pages without any significant change in web content.
To use data compression, open Chrome, touch the 3-point menu in the upper right corner, touch Settings and scroll down to Save data. There you can touch in the upper right corner to activate the Data Saver.
Activating the data protector also implements Chrome’s Safe Browsing System to detect malicious pages and protect it from malware and harmful content. As you can see in the screenshot above, Chrome managed to save 17% of the data during the period of one month.
You can revisit that configuration panel in Chrome to see how much data you have saved over a period.
4. Update applications only through Wi-Fi
One of the most effective ways to reduce the consumption of mobile data is to disable automatic updates of applications in the Play Store. Go to the Play Store and touch Menu >> Settings >> Automatic update of applications. Be sure to select “Automatically update apps only through Wi-Fi”. Alternatively, you can choose “Do not automatically update applications“, but it is not recommended, as you will have to periodically remember to update your applications. by hand.
5. Limit your use of transmission services
The transmission of music and videos is the content that most hungry for data, as well as high quality images. Try to avoid them when you are using mobile data. You can choose to store music and videos locally in your storage or download them when connected to WiFi. When transmitting mobile data, the quality of the transmission may decrease to reduce the use of data. YouTube consumes a large amount of data, therefore, be sure to reduce the resolution of the video while using mobile data on Android.
6. Monitor your applications.
The use of data hungry applications can seriously affect data consumption while on your mobile network. You may not realize that the Google Photos application might be syncing your photos in the background every time you click on one. Social networking applications like Facebook and Instagram consume a large amount of data. Try to avoid watching videos and GIF in those applications.
Try using alternatives to some applications that will still perform the required functions while consuming less data. For example, Facebook Lite is a very light alternative to the Facebook application. In addition, it saves battery life and data usage. TweetCaster is a similar option for the Twitter application.
7. Cache Google Maps for offline use
Did you know that you can save maps in the Google Maps application? Google Maps caching for offline use can save you time and data. Once a map is downloaded, you can even navigate when your phone is offline simply by using your GPS. This is useful for everyday trips and when traveling, since you can never be sure if some places will have network coverage. It is a good idea to download the map of your area of origin and the regions to which you travel frequently.
Therefore, the next time you are on Wi-Fi, open Google Maps, go to Menu and select “Offline maps“. There you can touch “Select your own map” and zoom in or out to select the area you want to be available offline.
Once you have decided on the area, press “Download“.
8. Optimize account synchronization settings
Your account’s synchronization settings will be synchronized automatically. Keep automatic syncing off for applications that need a lot of information, such as Facebook and Google+, that use synchronization services to synchronize files, such as photos and videos, and consume a large amount of data in the process.
Google constantly synchronizes your data when a change is made. Most of these synchronization services may not be necessary. This background synchronization service affects both data consumption and battery life.
To adjust the synchronization settings, go to Settings >> Accounts. There you can adjust the synchronization settings for different applications. To optimize Google syncing, tap Google and uncheck the options you do not need. For example, I do not need data from Google Fit, Google Play Movies, and Google Play Music to be synchronized. So I turned them off while keeping the other services synchronized.
Suggestions and additional tricks to reduce the use of mobile data in Android:
- Download large files when you have Wi-Fi.
- Do not erase your system cache unless you have no other way to free your space.
- Disable mobile data when it is not required.
- Turn off notifications for applications that do not need to be notified.
- Set a longer refresh interval for home screen widgets that are updated frequently.
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