Step by step guide to Reduce Data Usage on Android, iPhone
Below Are Ways to Reduce Data Usage on Android and iPhone
- 1. Put a Limit in your data usage in Android Settings.
Putting a limit to your monthly mobile data usage is the simplest thing you can do to reduce the amounts of data your phone uses without your knowledge. the best thing to do is to limit your mobile data usage on Android using the Settings app. to proceed to this settings, draw down your phone gently, head over to the Settings and tap on DataUsage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. In there you will be able to set the maximum amount of data intended to use in a month. You can also go for automatic disconnection from the data network once you reach the data limit.
2. Restrict App background data
Many apps keep taking mobile data even when the app is no longer in use. Enabling background data allows you to keep your SmartPhones apps checked and updated while doing other things or when the screen is off. But its not every app that needs to use background data at all times. To restrict background data usage on android phone flow the below steps;
Proceed to the Settings >> Data Usage and you will see the full statistics for how much of data consumed by each app.
Click on any app, and you will view the foreground and background data usage of the app. Foreground data usage is the amount of data used by the app when it is actively operated on by you. Background data is the data used by your apps when you are not using the app, and the app is running automatically in the Background. This c include things actions caused by automatic app updates, backups or sync.
If you notice that background data of an app is becoming too high, you don’t need to keep the app in the background always, tap on “Restrict app background data.” This eans that the all will only use data when you open it.
3. Make Use of data compression in Chrome
Google Chrome has relegated top browsers like UC browser, opera mini And many others to become one of the most popular Android browsers. It has an inbuilt feature that is capable of reducing data consumption on android.
When data compression is enabled, all of your browsing will passe through a proxy run by Google. Your search result be compressed and optimized by Google before being sent to your phone. This results are now displayed in lower data consumption and also speeds up loading time without any much change in web content.
To use data compression to reduce data usage on android, open Chrome, tap on the 3-dot menu Located at the upper right corner of your browser, click on Settings and then scroll down to Data Saver. There you will see data saver then toggle or on.
Turning data saver on also Activate Chrome’s Safe Browsing System to check malicious pages and protect you from viruses and harmful content. As pointed out in the screenshot above.
You can also go back to that settings panel in Chrome browser to see how its managing your activities.
4. Update apps over Wi-Fi only
One of the best ways to reduce mobile data consumption is to cancel automatic app updates in Play Store. To stop automatic app updates in play store, follow these guide; proceed to Play Store and tap on Menu>>Settings >>Auto-update apps. Ensure that you choose “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.” also, you can choose “Do not auto-update apps,” but this is not recommended since you will have to be stressing yourself updating your apps manually.
5. Limiting your use of streaming services
Watching music and videos are the most data consuming content, as well as viewing high-quality images. You can equally store music and videos locally in your android phone storage or download them when you have access to to WiFi. But if you wish to stream on mobile data, you can still reduce the quality of streaming to lower your mobile data usage. Youtube viewing, Instagram, Facebook and twitter videos also consumes a lot of data, so, make sure you reduce the video resolution while using mobile data on Android.
6. Monitor your apps.
The use of data-hungry apps like Instagram, Pinterest, tumblr can seriously contribute to your data consumption while on your mobile network. You may not actually know that Google Photos app might be syncing photos in the background any time you click on any. Social media apps like Facebook and Instagram takes a lot of data. Try to avoid excessive watching of unnecessary videos and GIFs in those apps.
Try to make use of alternatives to some lighter apps that will perform the required functions of these high data data usage apps. For example, Facebook Lite, tweet caster.
7. Save Google Maps for offline use
Are you aware that you can save your viewed maps in the Google Maps app? Saving Google maps for offline use can really help to save both your time and data. Once you download a map, you can even go through it when the phone is offline by just making use of your GPS. This shows to be very useful especially when traveling to where there is no network coverage. It is a very good idea to download and save the map of your destination when traveling, also your home area and regions you always travel to.
Whenever you are on Wi-Fi, launch Google Maps, proceed to the Menu and select “Offline Maps.“. There you can click on “Select your own map“ and zoom in or out to select the particular area you want to save offline.
After marking your area then click on “Download.”
8. Optimize Account Sync Settings
Your account sync settings are to be in auto-sync by default. Keep auto-sync turned off for data-hungry apps like Facebook and Instagram and others that use sync services to sync files like photos and videos, consuming a lot of data in the process.