10 Tips To Reduce Your Android Data Usage

How to reduce your Android data usage in order to avoid incurring hefty charges from your mobile network provider.

10 Tips To Reduce Your Android Data Usage

Like most people, you probably have a set limit of mobile data included in your monthly phone plan that if exceeded, can lead to some rather expensive charges. In light of that, it’s a good idea to limit your data usage whenever possible.

If you use data-heavy services such as Netflix or Spotify on your Android device, you could use up your data in no time. Just 15 minutes of streaming can use about 1.25GB of data, with 30 minutes of music streaming using 800MB. Because of this, what seems like a relatively low usage here and there can soon add up.

That’s why it pays to be conscious of how much data you are using. Here are some hints and tip on how you can reduce your monthly usage

1. Always use Wi-Fi for downloading

Be strict about this. An email attachment or a picture on WhatsApp might not seem like much, but you open one more often than you think. To help you with this, some email apps have a setting that only allows attachments to be downloaded via Wi-Fi. If the email app you use has this setting, turn it on.

2. Use a data compression app

These apps send your data through a third-party server and compress it to reduce your usage. Just search ‘data compression’ in the Play Store to find some options. Examples include Opera Max and DataEye. These apps reduce the amount of data used by all of your apps. Most of these apps will also keep a running tally so that you know exactly how much data you have saved by using them.

Data compression apps can help you reduce usage

3. Use Chrome’s built-in data compression feature

If you use Chrome to browse the web, you can easily cut down the amount of data it uses on your Android device. It’s really quite simple – just open Chrome’s settings by tapping the 3 dots in top right and scroll down to Data Saver. Tap it to turn it on and hey presto your data usage will be reduced. Over time Data Saver will also tell you how much data you have saved, just like the apps mentioned above.

Reduce data usage from internet browsing

The only downside is that it can slow your browser down, but the difference is minimal and the reduction in data usage is worth it.

4. Don’t use the Facebook app

The Facebook app is notoriously data-hungry as well as battery draining. Cutting out its use should save you some data. Using the mobile web version may be less convenient but it will use a lot less data.

5. Stick to offline apps and games

Not all apps and games use data at all. If you like to play games on the go, look out for ones that don’t require an internet connection to play.

6. Restrict background data

Some apps continue to use up data even when you aren’t actively using them. Luckily Android’s settings have an option to reduce this kind of data usage. Go to Settings and then tap on More (under Wireless & networks). Next, tap on Usage and then tap on the 3 dots in the top right. Lastly, tick the option to Restrict background data.

7. Stop apps from updating automatically

Updating apps uses up a lot of data, so stopping them from updating automatically and making sure they only update via a Wi-Fi connection is a great way to limit consumption. Open the Play Store’s settings (tap on the 3 lines next to the search bar and scroll down to Settings). Auto-update apps should appear at the top. Tap on it and then select Do not auto-update apps or Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.

Only update apps over a Wi-Fi connection

8. Store music on your phone

If you have your own music saved to your Android, you can reduce data usage by cutting out music-streaming apps like Spotify.

9. Remove the worst offenders from your phone

You can see which apps use the most data by going to Settings, More and then Usage. Simply uninstall the apps with particularly high data usage.

See which apps are using the most data

10. Use Google Maps offline

A lot of people don’t know that Google Maps is also available offline in many locations. Open up Maps and then tap on the 3 dots in the bottom-left of the screen. Then tap Make available offline. Next, move the map to the area you need and choose the right level of zoom before tapping Done.