7 Tips to Reduce Mobile Data Usage On Android


Remember those golden days when 1 GB was more than enough for 2 months of data consumption? Remember those days when the internet was primarily used to text and browse? Remember when those days when you were able to use the internet without the fear of exhausting your data plan?

Sadly, for me, those days dates back to at least 3 years in the past. Today if I stream high-quality music on “Spotify” or “Google Play Music”, approximately 150 MB of my data gets consumed in an hour. This amounts to nearly 4.5 GB of monthly consumption if I stream high-quality music. Though many in India do not fear of exhausting their data plans after the Internet Revolution spearheaded by Jio, a mobile network operator in India, still there are some like me in India and many across the globe whose daily consumption amounts to approximately 2.5+ GB and our data plans usually hits our wallets badly.

If you are someone who is facing similar issues and looking for ways to reduce your data consumption, here are a few nifty tips and tricks which can help you to reduce your data usage.

Monitor Your Data Usage

My teacher used to say that the first step towards being successful in life is to identify your mistakes and try to rectify those and not to repeat them again in the future. The same principle applies here as well. The first step towards reducing your data usage is to identify how you spend your data. Once you are done studying the way you spend your data, adopt measures to limit your data usage.

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To check your data usage, follow these steps:

  • Open your “Settings” app from the app drawer.
  • Tap on “Wireless and Networks” followed by a tap on “Data Usage“.

Under this section, you will see the cellular data usage by different apps installed on your device.

Set An Alert Warning

Once done with monitoring your data usage, you can set an alert warning which will acknowledge you whenever you cross a certain amount of data consumption as per your settings. To set data alert warning, follow these steps:

  • Open your “Settings” app from the app drawer.
  • Tap on “Wireless and Networks” followed by a tap on “Data Usage“.

Under this section, you will be able to set an alert option which will alert you once you cross the amount of data consumption as set by you.

Restrict Background Data Consumption by Apps

While monitoring your data usage pattern, you might come across certain apps which have consumed significantly higher amounts of data than they would have generally consumed. It is because some apps keep consuming mobile data even when they are not in use. It is one of the prime cause for exhausting your data plans and the irony is that you will not have any hint of the data consumption that is being taken place unless you monitor your data usages. To restrict apps from consuming apps in the background, follow these steps:

  • Open your “Settings” app from the app drawer.
  • Tap on “Wireless and Networks” followed by a tap on “Data Usage”.
  • Tap on any app to have a look on the foreground and background data usage of that particular app.
  • If the background data consumption of that app worries you, toggle on “Restrict app background data.
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Now that/those apps will consume data only when they are opened.

Embrace Offline Navigation

Apps which are meant to help you in navigation like Google Maps, consume a hell lot of data. If you are someone who is dependent on similar apps for your daily commute, try the offline mode. Going offline in these apps saves a lot of data. Once you enabled offline navigation, your phone will only use your GPS, not the data connection, to help you navigate.  It always recommended to download the map of the regions you frequently travel to.

To go offline on Google Maps, follow these steps:

  • Open “Google Maps.”
  • Tap on the menu icon appearing on the top left of your screen and then tap on “Offline Mode.”
  • Tap on “Select your own map” and download the map area as per your requirements.

Now, you would not need access to internet connectivity to navigate in that area using Google Maps. But, I would recommend you to update your offline map each time you are on a WiFi connection.

Change The Way You Browse On Your Browser

Almost all the browsers available on the Google Play Store have data saver feature built in. It is highly recommended to take advantage of this feature. The data saver built into the Google Chrome web browser reduces a significant amount of data that would have been consumed if this feature is not activated.

To activate the data saver in Chrome Web Browser, follow these steps:

  • Open “Google Chrome.”
  • Tap on the 3 dot menu icon appearing on the top right corner of your screen.
  • Go to “Settings” and enable the “Data Saver” option.

You are also advised to use the mobile version of the different websites that you use rather than the desktop version. It is even seen that the mobile versions of the websites consume way less data as compared to their desktop versions.

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Turn Off Auto Sync

Auto Synchronization uses background processes that can eat into both your mobile data use and battery life. Most of the sync services are not required and can be avoided. It is always advised to keep auto-sync disabled for data-hungry social media apps like facebook which consume a lot of data in the name of synchronization. To turn off auto sync, open settings and tap on accounts. Under this section, you will find the option to turn off auto sync. Turn it off.

Use Google’s Datally App

Last year Google released the Datally data saver app. It has got interesting features to reduce your data consumption. Some of its features are explained below.

Guest Mode

The Guest Mode lets you set the amount of data you’re okay to let another person use before you hand over your phone.

Daily Limit

This feature helps you to decide how much data to be used every day. One can set the maximum amount of data he/she wants to spend per day and get warnings whenever he/she crosses the data barrier.

Final Words

These are some tips to “Reduce Data Usage On Your Android Device.”  I hope this article works the way it is intended to beLet us know about your experience trying out the tips and tricks mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.

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