7 Tips to Reduce Mobile Internet Data

Mobile Internet data usage has increased manifolds. With data-consuming apps like video streaming and social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, reducing data usage on Android has become challenging.

How much Mobile Internet Data have you used?

To find how much mobile internet data you have used in your Android mobile:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet > Internet.
  3. Next to your carrier, tap Settings.
  4. At the top you’ll see how much total data you use.
  5. To see graphs and details, tap App data usage.
    • To pick a time period, tap the Down arrow.
    • To see how much data each app uses, look at the graph.

I have rounded up six tips to reduce mobile internet data usage on Android.

7 Tips to Reduce Mobile Internet Data

1. Restrict your data usage in Android Settings

Tips to Reduce Mobile Internet Data

Setting a limit to your monthly data usage is the best way to avoid using surplus data without your knowledge.

For this, go to Settings and tap on Data Usage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. You can set the maximum amount of data you want to use monthly.

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 speeds up page loading time.

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.

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 you may also choose “Do not auto-update apps,” but updating your apps manually is recommended.

5. Keep an eye on your apps


Apps are also too data-consuming. You may not know that the Google Photos app might sync your photos in the background every time you click one. Try to avoid watching videos and GIFs on those apps.

You can use alternative apps like Facebook Lite, a highly lite 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 map“ and zoom in or out to select the area you want to be available offline. Now hit “Download”.

7. Remove the Malware

Remove the Malware
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 want to read: 10 Best Free Android Games Apps to Enjoy Even Offline.


You may also download large files when you are on Wi-Fi. Avoid clearing your System Cache unless you have any other way to free your space.

You should also turn off mobile data when not required to save data. Apart from the above seven tricks, these are other ways to reduce data usage.

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Kamal Kaur