Reduce Mobile Data Usage on Android by Following These Tips

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The majority of us are on pins and needles trying not to go over in our data usage. However, utilizing these tips on our Android devices, we can go without fear of our data plan by reducing our data usage.

Chrome Compressing

You can cut down a significant amount of data usage with this tip along if all your web traffic is used with Chrome. Prior to loading web pages to your browser, the data saver option compresses them. You may notice a slight change in speed when using this feature but will quickly get used to it. To set this feature to go to the three dots on right-hand upper corner, Settings > Data Saver in the Chrome app.

Say Good-Bye to Facebook App

One of the biggest data and battery drainers is the Facebook app for Android. There are numerous alternatives to this app but many are drainage hungry as well, including Facebook Lite. However, try giving Tinfoil for Facebook a chance. This is a web app which the Facebook website is displayed, where you can still receive your notifications by using Pushbullet or IFTTT.

Or, in your Chrome web browser, you can make a shortcut to quickly get to Facebook from your home screen without the need for the Facebook app.

Background Data Restriction

One of the simplest ways of saving data is to tell your Android device or the apps for background data to be restricted. This includes all the syncing that goes on when you are not using the app, such as weather widget, feeds updating, email syncing, etc.

To restrict data by telling the Android system, simply go to Settings > Data usage > Restrict Background Data. If you rather set restrictions for individual apps, go to Settings > Apps. Or, from your Google services you can change sync settings by going to Settings > Accounts > Google select and uncheck services you no longer want automatically synced.

Disable Apps Auto Update

Google Play updating apps is another big draining on data and battery as well. If your settings are to allow auto-update of apps with the Play store, over your data connection, you can see a big bite out of your data usage without knowing it each month.

You want to check by going to Play Store > Settings. You will see Auto-Update Apps located on the top, touch this to be sure it is set to Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only. You can set individual apps to update differently if wanted by going to My Apps and selecting each app and changing how it updates.

After implementing these tips, you should notice a significant reduction in the amount of data usage each month.

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Mobile Data Saving Tips Prevent Apps Usage

Many mobile phone plans available today to not offer unlimited data. This means is, you should keep track of all mobile data usage on your Android phone.

There are some apps that seem to thrive from having a constant internet connection, even when these apps seem they are not in use. Fortunately for you, Android has offered a way from apps sucking up data in the background.

Built-In Option with Android

Go to Settings > Data Usage for your cellular data usage management. There, you will find an option located on top to entirely disable access. However, use this option only for specific circumstances, such as when you have used more data than allowed by your plan.

To prevent this from happening to begin with, toggle the second option, which is Set cellular data limit. 

If your plan has a limit of 6GB per month, you are able to set the limit at 6GB, and when you hit this threshold, the mobile data shuts off automatically. If wanted, have your phone send a warning when getting close to your threshold. Using these settings prevent overage charges.

Looking further down, you will see how much each app uses in data. You want to select heavy users. You should now know which apps should have network access limited. If unable to disable cellular access from their internal settings, toggle Restrict app background data. 

Manage Mobile Data Usage With Third-Party App

Grabbing a third-party app lets you go up a level. One open source option available is NetGuard. This app prevents cellular data usage from apps and also stops them from connecting to Wi-Fi. Why would this be helpful? When you block these apps from connecting to the internet, they are unable to track your usage and report it.  Benefits include saving battery life, reducing bandwidth, and blocking ads.

Furthermore, you know that your information is not being sent off somewhere across the internet because they do not ask for internet access permission. A VPN is used to block internet traffic, and like other VPN, a key is displayed in your notification bar. Take control over which apps connect to the internet and which do not.

See a list of all your apps in alphabetical order, with a toggle for mobile data and Wi-Fi. You are able to disable access to the ones that you want.

There is a drop-down arrow beside every app allowing you to tap it for specific controls and exceptions.

NetGuard gives you options for block mobile data or Wi-Fi for all apps, under Settings. When you have the screen on, you can set it to automatically allow internet access.

To get setting your fit your needs, you may have to come back and adjust it a few times.