Monday, October 2, 2017

8 Best Ways to Reduce Mobile Internet Data Usage

Mobile data are in some way related to the type of co-existence between a fish and a pond, not that your smartphone can't live without the mobile data, but they can't be of much use and interest to you. Unless you have some interesting and addictive games like First Touch 2017 or Pro evolution Soccer 2017 installed in your device or any other interesting games. That being said, browsing the internet is the primary thing we do with our smartphones, calls and texts are simply the second. But in recent times, the increasing number of smartphones, increasing number of apps makes the duration of these mobile data bundle to finish even before it is activated, thus contributing to the every skyrocketing mobile data usage. So in this article I am going to reveal to us some simple ways to minimize Mobile Internet Data zapping.

The Best Ways to Reduce Data Usage on Android Include;

1.   Set A Data Usage Limit

Some ISP assign a particular amount of data or time to every data bundle plan they sell, then fair usage applies after exceeding that allocated amount or time and in some cases, will automatically switch a customer to a pay-as-you-go basis, which will of course incur a significant amount of charge.

But setting a data usage limit can or will in some way, save you from making any unnecessary payments. All you need to do is to head over to your phone Settings and tap on Data Usage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. from there you can set the maximum amount of data you intend to use in a month. Also, you can set your phone's internet connect to automatically disconnect whenever you reach that max threshold.

2.   Use Data Saver Features in Web Browsers

Android phone web browsers like Google Chrome and Opera Mini comes with an in-built data compressing feature. So you are advised to turn on and make use of these features when browsing the net. Once the data saving feature is enabled, websites will begin to load a at super fast speed, just like www.techvillz.com does.

To use data compression or data saving feature in web browsers like Google Chrome, open Chrome, then tap on the 3-dot menu on the upper right corner, then Settings and scroll down to Data Saver. There you can tap on the upper right corner to toggle Data Saver on. This will also enable the safe browsing feature will make all of your traffic to pass through a proxy run by Google, then your data is compressed and optimized before being sent to your phone. Another bonus is that you get to enjoy a safe browsing feature that is in-built in Chrome Safe Browsing System which detects malicious pages and protect you from malware and harmful content. 

3.   Only Use Wi-Fi For Updates

Time to time system and app owners to send out bug fixes and patches of their apps and systems to users which users are expected to download and update to ensure smooth running of their apps and systems. But these updates comes in regularly like an interval of 1-2 weeks there by contributing to one of the big ways mobile data bundles are consumed rapidly.

Nevertheless, making sure that you run these updates over a secured Wi-Fi network will ensure that your mobile data isn't zapped. But you make your phone to only update apps and systems by going to your Menu>>Settings >>Auto-update apps. Make sure that you select “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.” Alternatively, you can choose “Do not auto-update apps,” 

4.   Disable App Background Data

This feature when turned on, makes all social media, games, email and news website apps installed in your phone to constantly run in background whenever your phone is on to fetch new contents. Though this happens at intervals, like every 1 hour, but social media and instant messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp interval refreshes constantly rustling in high memory usage, more battery usage and of course more data will be consumed.

To find which app that uses more data in your phone and how they use it, open your Settings >> Data Usage and you can see the statistics for which app is consuming how much of data. And once you fish out the app with the highest background data, tap on “Restrict app background data.” to restrict the app from accessing internet whenever it is not in use. 

5.   You Have to Limit Your Streaming Time

YouTube is the world's most popular video sharing website and also the second most popular website according to Alexa rankings. Many smartphones and internet users today spend most hours of the day on the video sharing website looking for ways to engage themselves with new and old video contents, forgetting that the burden is being laid on their precious mobile data.

So in other to limit the amount of data you spend monthly, you will have to cut or reduce the amount of time you spend on music and video streaming websites. Buy and download those contents if you must, because streaming music and videos are the most data-hungry content especially if they are of  high-quality sounds and images.

6.   Use Google Maps Offline

Being able to use Google Maps while your phone is in airplane mode is one of the five things you can do with your phone in offline mode. So you can see, even when it is seems inoperable, it can still be used to do one in a million things. But in this situation, caching  Google maps for offline use is one of the many ways you can save both your smartphone's battery and reduce data usage while at it.

To be able to use Google maps for navigation and save mobile data, you have to first download the data for offline use using Wi-Fi. Then open Google Maps, then Menu and select “Offline Maps”. to  “Select your own map” and zoom in or out to select the area you want to be available when offline.

7.   Take Control Of Account Synchronization

Account sync works in similarly like background data, what it does is to make sure that all your data like contacts, calendar entries, Google Play photos, notes etc and automatically synced and updates to Google servers. The most annoying part is that most of these syncing services may not be of much use to the user but Google automatically does them anyway, there by eating up your data bundle while at it.

So in other save yourself from too much data spending, you have to adjust your synchronization settings by going to your phone Settings>>Accounts. There you can fine tune those sync settings for different apps to meet your taste. Option you can decide to turn off may include Google Fit data, Google Play Movies, and Google Play Music etc.

8.   Be Watchful and Monitor The Apps You Install

There are some apps that require more data than others, apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat etc requires constant use and access to the internet for them to remain in commission. Install less of these kind of apps and also disable media auto-play / media auto download.

Also Read:   Five Reasons Why Your Phone Battery Runs Down Fast


Also, some of these apps have a Lite version of it, so endavour to download and use those lite versions as they will save you both battery and data. Other ways you can save mobile data are

✔   Download large files when you are on Wi-Fi.

✔   Do not clear your System Cache data unless you no have no other  option to free up storage space.

✔   Always disable mobile data when not required.

✔   Turn off notifications for apps that you don’t need to be notified.


✔   Set longer update interval for home screen widgets that are frequently updated.

Also Read:   6 Safety Tips You Should Never Ignore Especially While Charging Your Smartphone





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