Mobile Internet data usage has increased manifolds. With data-consuming apps like video streaming, and social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram it has become difficult to reduce data usage on Android.
Here I have rounded 6 Tips to Cut down Mobile Internet Data Usage on Android.
6 Tips to Cut down Mobile Internet Data Usage on Android
1. Restrict your data usage in Android Settings
Setting a limit to your monthly data usage is the best thing you can do to avoid using surplus amounts of data without your knowledge. For this, go to Settings and tap on Data Usage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. Here you can set the maximum amount of data you want to use in a month.
2. Use Data Compression in Chrome
Although Google Chrome has an inbuilt feature that can reduce data consumption on Android, you should turn on the data compression option to reduce it further. All your traffic is run through a proxy run by Google and your data is compressed and optimized before being sent to your phone. This leads to lower data consumption and also speeds up the loading time of pages.
For this, open Chrome, tap on the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner, tap on Settings, and you will see Data Saver. Tap on the upper right corner to toggle Data Saver on.
3. Limit Streaming Services Usage
Streaming videos and music are the most data-hungry content. Try not to use it when you’re using mobile data. You can decrease the quality of the stream to lower your data usage. Many Android streaming apps like YouTube Go and Netflix offer data saver mode for smartphones to cut down on data usage.
4. Update apps over Wi-Fi only
Updating apps over Wi-Fi can reduce your data usage considerably. Go to Play Store and tap on Menu>>Settings >>Auto-update apps.
You need to select “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” or else you may also choose “Do not auto-update apps,” but it’s recommended to update your apps manually.
5. Keep an eye on your apps
Apps are also too data-consuming. You may not know that the Google Photos app might be syncing your photos in the background every time you click one. Try to avoid watching videos and GIFs in those apps.
You can use alternative apps like Facebook Lite is a highly lite is a substitute for the Facebook app.
6. Save Google Maps for offline use
Yes, you can save Google maps for offline use to save both your time and data. Using GPS you can navigate the map offline once it’s downloaded. So, better to open Google Maps on Wi-Fi, go to Menu, and select “Offline Maps.“ Here tap on “Select your own map“ and zoom in or out to select the area you want to be available offline. Now hit “Download”.
7. Remove the Malware
Regularly browse your Android phone for malware with some good antivirus apps. This can suck up your bandwidth in the background while sending your critical information to the attackers.
You may also download large files when you are on Wi-Fi, avoid clearing your System Cache unless you do not have any other way to free your space. To save data you should also turn off mobile data when not required. These are some of the other ways to reduce data usage apart from the above 7 tricks.