Top Ten Tips to save your mobile data

Smartphones have moved beyond being just the devices to keep in touch with your colleagues, friends and family. They have replaced all the gadgets we used to carry. One of the widespread usage of smartphones is for Internet connectivity. Is your data consumption going out of control? Here are a few tips on how to control your data usage.

Is your data usage going out of control? Most of the smartphone users today face this problem. Uncontrolled consumption of mobile data will indeed throw your budget out of plans. We have compiled a few tips on how you can save a few bucks. And you get a bonus if you follow those tips - in addition to saving money on data, you will also save on your battery consumption. So, what are you waiting for? Read on.

#1. Disable Media auto download on WhatsApp

WhatsApp has been a constant companion for most of us. And your contacts keep sending you huge media files. Even when you are not interested in those media files, they get downloaded to your device consuming a great deal of your mobile data.

But wait, you can disable the auto download and can later download the images or video files via WiFi. To disable the auto download setting - go to Menu ->Settings ->Chats and Calls ->Media Auto Download. Now tap on When using mobile data. Disable the options you want and then tap on OK to save settings.

#2. Use Greenify

Greenify is a great app to save your mobile data consumption and battery life. The app is in sharp contrast to other task killer apps. Greenify hibernates the apps that are not used regularly. You can set the apps you wish to Greenify. If you are rooted, the app works great along with Xposed installer. Greenify also works with system apps, which should be a great relief as it can be used to control bloatware installed by phone manufacturers.

If you are on Android M, you have a feature named App Standby. The feature stops the rarely used apps from using your network resources and sending you notifications. The feature is available by default on your Android Marshmallow settings.

#3. Use data compression for browsing

Data compression technology compresses the data before it is displayed on your screen. It effectively reduces your mobile data usage and thereby reduces your costs. Almost all major browsers support compression technology.

Google has Data Saver feature on its Chrome browser on all platforms. The feature uses Google's servers to compress the data that is downloaded on your device. According to claims by Google, you can save upto 50% of data on using its Data Saver feature. However, under practical conditions the data savings are dependent on the type of data being downloaded. You can configure data savings by setting it up from Settings ->Data Saver.

Opera too has data compression enabled across all its browsers. Both Opera and Opera Mini let you adjust the image quality under settings. You can also use video compression. Opera Mini offers different levels of compression settings. You can choose among High, Medium and Extreme Settings for the same. Another popular browser -UC Browser - too has incorporated the compression recently.

#4. Use Opera Max for data compression

While you can use data compression on the browsers, you are not that free with apps that run on your device. Not anymore - Opera has introduced Opera Max. It is a data management app available for Android. It can compress videos, images and other media.

The app works both with mobile data and WiFi networks. It has support for almost all apps on your phone. Opera claims that you can have savings upto 50%. There is an app management option as well. It can be used to control the background activity of an app.

#5. Use WiFi for app updates

Frequent app updates are always a annoying feature on an Android OS. But, they are necessary. Schedule your apps to update on WiFi. When apps are updating, all the other tasks on your device go slow. Since mobile data speeds keep fluctuating depending on the number of users connected at a particular time, such continuous use of mobile data heats up your phone in addition to affecting your battery life. Setting your apps to get updated on WiFi will considerably save your mobile data.

If you are an iOS user, you can enable this setting by going through Settings ->iTunes & App Store. Toggle the Use Mobile Data to off. The phone will use WiFi for automatic updates. On an Android, you can do it by launching your Play Store. Locate Settings under Menu and tap on it. Now, navigate to Auto update Apps and select Auto update Apps over WiFi only.

#6. Change mail sync interval

Continuous syncing of your email account is not necessarily important. Most of the emails arrive with heavy attachments and images. These will consume much of your bandwidth and data. Almost all email clients support changing the interval of mail sync. We would ideally like to switch off mail sync. You can always sync manually. If, however, you are one of those guys who wants to stay connected, set it to a higher interval.

#7. Disable WiFi Assist

iOS has introduced a new feature with iOS 9. The default setting is set to ON. WiFi Assist is a feature which helps you stay connected. It switches to mobile data when the WiFi connectivity goes weak. Such frequent switching between WiFi and cellular data plays havoc with your data, and battery.

You can save your data by switching the feature off. Go to Settings ->Cellular and then tap on WiFi Assist and toggle it off.

#8. Use offline feature of Google Maps

Google Maps has a introduced offline maps feature. You can use this feature both on Android and iOS. You can save a selected area on your smartphone for offline use. If you are a regular user of maps, it would be a better idea to save your bandwidth.

Or better still, we would advice switching over to Here Maps. It lets you download maps of an entire state for offline use. You can download the maps of your interest on WiFi and use it without the need for Internet.

#9. Disable Auto Play on Social networks

Most of the smartphone users tend to use social networks to a greater extent. If you are one of them, you will need to disable the Auto-Play feature on Facebook and Twitter. You can decide to play the videos if you really want to check them out. Another good idea would be to opt for a third party client for Facebook and Twitter.

#10. Decide which apps you want to use your data

Almost all apps connect to the Internet. Even when the functionality of the app has nothing to do with the connectivity. You can choose to disable the background activity of your apps. And good part is this can be done per app basis.

To do it on Android, go to Settings ->Mobile Data. Scroll down and tap on the app you want to restrict from background data. Tick the checkmark against Restrict Background Data. Thus the app will not run in the background unless you awake and use it. If you use iOS, you can turn off the data connectivity of an app by going into Settings ->Mobile Data.

And finally...

Those were a few tips on saving your mobile data. Apart from those featured above, there are many ways to save on your data consumption. Using paid apps is one of the ways that can help you keep a tab on your data consumption. Free apps earn their revenue through ads and they need to connect to Internet constantly for the purpose. This has an effect on your data consumption. Readers are welcome to share the tips that you use in an attempt to improve your data consumption. Hope the tips shared here will be helpful to the smartphone community.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
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Author: Umesh15 Aug 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

In todays world everyone requires mobile data for so many varied jobs in internet. So economising on data using certain apps is really an interesting and useful information.
The article has exhaustively given so many good ways to save data while using the net.
I think many people like me will be immensely benefitted with this information.

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