Mobile data has become the center point of our lives. Imagine someone who is using a smartphone and doesn’t have an Internet connection. With Internet penetration increasing around the world, mobile data usage has skyrocketed. As the Internet usage increases, more and more Apps demand a constant supply of data – be it your video Apps, Photo Apps or Music Apps.
With video streaming services like YouTube and Facebook videos generating huge volumes, data has become the most valuable thing in the world. While data plan prices are decreasing globally, the usage is skyrocketing leaving us no choice but to control our mobile Internet usage.
In this article, we list 5 best ways to save your data packs from dwindling on your Android smartphone.
1. Limit your data usage in Android Settings.
All Android smartphones allow you to set a limit to your monthly data usage. This is perhaps the best way to know how much data you are consuming. Tap Settings and tap on DataUsage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. There you can set the maximum amount of data you intend to use in a month. Optimally it should be set to 2GB. If you are a data hogger set it to 5GB. Some smartphones let you opt for automatic disconnection from the network once the data limit is reached.
2. Restrict App background data
It is noticed that more often than not, background Apps consume more data than those running in the foreground. Some of this Apps run unknown to the user and eat up the precious data. High-end Android smartphones like Samsung S8 and S9 automatically shut the background Apps. But you need to know which Apps are running in the background and which one is eating the data. Head over to Settings >> Data Usage and you can see the statistics for which app is consuming how much of data.
You can delete the App that uses the most data if you do not need it. Or else, tap on “Restrict app background data.” This ensures that the app will consume data only when it is opened.
3. Use data compression given by browsers.
Often browsers like Google Chrome, Opera etc have an inbuilt feature that compresses data so that you can reduce your data usage. By default, such features are not turned on so you have to head into the browser settings and turn data compression on. When data compression is turned on, all of your traffic is passed through proxy servers.
In Google Chrome you can tap on the 3-dot menu on the upper right corner, tap on Settings and scroll down to Data Saver. There you can tap on the upper right corner to toggle Data Saver on.
You can revisit that settings panel in Chrome to see how much data you’ve saved over a period.
4. Update apps over Wi-Fi only
This is the biggest consumer of data. Most of the Apps on Google Play store are periodically updated. By default, Google Play App allows Apps to update themselves automatically even with your mobile data pack. You can opt for update only if you wish or update only on Wi-Fi. Disable automatic app updates in Play Store. Go to Play Store and tap on Menu>>Settings>>Auto-update apps. Make sure that you select “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.” Alternatively, you can choose “Do not auto-update apps,” but do remember to update the App periodically.
5. Control your video and music streaming activities.
This one falls under self-control. You can stop streaming videos and music while you are using data. In WhatsApp enable download images and videos only if you want to. WhatsApp images, videos and music plus Youtube videos consumes a lot of data so restrict your use.