10 Tips To Minimize Data Usage

How To Minimize Data Usage

Recently, we all have noticed how our data get exhausted quickly. A lot of App now consumes data a lot. They even get update regularly which consumes lots of data. The worst part is people now stream a lot. Not to even talk about the use of Social Media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat. During the early years of WhatsApp, there was nothing like Status. WhatsApp doesn't use much data, but since Status was implemented, you can use up to 500MB viewing people status only. Thus, this happens due to the integrated video services that have been added to Social Media Platform and it's even getting more difficult to lessen the use of data on Android devices, smartphones to be precise. Due to the amount of data we consume daily, we came up with 10 tips that's can help lessen our Data Consumption On Android.

Tips To Lessen Data Usage On Android

1. Restricting Apps That Uses Background Data 

Sometimes when we get connected to Wi-Fi we see some certain applications that update messages automatically even without launching them. It even happens when we use our own data, this is very common with Social Media Apps. Background Data simply means apps that keep getting an update or monitored even when it's multitasked or screen is off. In order to stop this, there are some few steps below we'll like you to follow:-

Step 1: Go to Setting > Data Usage, you'll see statistics of App that consume data and you see the app consuming data the most, it'll be lined up accordingly.
Step 2: After going through the statistics, tap on an app. You will see foreground and background data usage respectively of the App you tapped on. Now you're confused, right? Foreground data usage is the data that is consumed by an app when it's active (when is on use)  while Background data usage is the data consumed by an app when it's not on use i.e multitasked or runs in the background. Also, Background data usage occurs automatically, a practical example is App Updates when you're connected to a Wi-Fi or App Synchronization.
Step 3: If the background usage is high, then you can tap on "Restrict App Background Data". This will make sure the App will only make use of data only when they are active.

2. Disable Auto-Sync

This is common to social media applications which auto sync. This includes apps like Facebook, Instagram that sync files such as videos and photos, and consumes lots of data in the price. This auto sync service doesn't only have an effect on your data but also affects your battery. In order to change your sync settings. The steps below should let you disable auto sync on your smartphone:-

Step 1: Go to Settings>Accounts. From here, you can disable synchronization on Apps, eg. WhatsApp auto sync, I can tap on it and toggle "Auto Sync" off.

3. Stop Clearing System Cache 

Lots of people do this in order to free their space. It's very common if you start receiving "Storage Space Running Out" on your phone, all you have to do is to start clearing your cache. Have you ever noticed, after clearing your cache, when you turn on your data exhaust quickly for some certain time?
It tries to retrieve those cleared caches on your phone thereby consuming lots of data.
4. Turn Off Data When Not In Use 

When our data is switched on it regularly gives updates on messages, notifications and even update some applications on our phones without our consent. Some people prefer switching on their data as far as their phone is switched on, you should take this into consideration that even though it consumes data it has a bad effect on your battery life. We strongly recommend using your data when you are in need of it.

5. Updating Apps Only When You're Connected To Wi-Fi 

One of the ways in which you can reduce your data usage is by disabling apps that automatically update. Doing this is quite easy using Play Store because this only occurs in the Play Store. The steps below disable automatic update:-

Step 1: Go to Play Store > Menu > Settings > Auto-Update apps
Step 2: You'll see a list of selection, select 'Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.". If you feel you don't want your apps to even update at all then you can choose "Do not Auto-Update apps". Don't forget choosing "Do not Auto-update apps" won't update your app at all so it's preferred choosing over Wi-Fi Only

6. The Use Of "Lite" & "Go" Apps

Even though "Lite" apps don't have all features embedded in it, it still reduces data usage. Social media apps all have Lite version, we recommend you use them if you want to reduce your data consumption, eg. Facebook Lite, Twitter Lite, etc.

For Google Suite Apps they make use of "Go". This app is compressed version there are not as large as the original version and does not consume as much data as the original version, so it's preferable if you wish to reduce your data consumption.

7. Limit Data Usage 

Keep an eye on your data statistic and limiting your usage, is another way to reduce your data consumption. The Data limit notifies you when you've surpassed your data usage limits. It's pretty simple, follow the steps below:-

Step 1: Setting > Data Usage > Billing Cycle > Data Limit and Billing Circle
Step 2: You can now set the amount of data you want to use in a month, you can choose a better time frame depending on your choice. Do not forget it should be the maximum amount.

8. Use Chrome Data Saver

Almost all Android users use Chrome as their default browser. Chrome consumes lots of data because it loads all elements of a webpage. Chrome data saver uses Googleweblight and Website AMP version, this reduces the amount of data a web page consume and loads the compressed version of it. This makes sure the website is optimized and compressed before it loads on your phone without any changes in the website content. To enable this, follow the steps below:-

Step 1: Open Chrome, tap on three dots placed on the top right, tap on Settings.
Step 2: After tapping Settings, scroll down and click on Data Saver.
Step 3: Tap on the top right corner and enable Data Saver by toggling it on.

It helps to save data if you want to see the amount of data saved you can check the statistics by checking your settings again.

9. Reduce Streaming 

High Data consumption is mainly caused by streaming. Lots of Android users stream a lot, it includes videos, music and also high-quality images. In order to reduce Data consumption, it's preferable to store these things locally i.e your local storage. You can do this by downloading them through Wi-Fi or your mobile data if you have enough.

10. Save Google Maps For Offline Use 

Lots of Android user don't know that it is possible to save maps for offline use? Saving Google maps for offline use reduces data consumption and time usage. A download map can be accessed or navigated in an offline mode with the aid of GPS(Global Positioning System. It is easier to use in our day to day activities or when traveling, it gives easy access to map which helps in places that don't have network coverage or if you are lost and need a way out while traveling. In order to enable Google map offline follow the steps below:-

Step 1: When you're connected to a Wi-Fi, open Google Maps > Menu > Tap on Offline Maps
Step 2: Tap on "Select your own map" you can choose the area you wish to be available offline by zooming in or out.
Step 3: Press "Download" once you've chosen your area of coverage.

Conclusion: In this article, we talked about 10 Tips we can apply to  Reduce Our Data Consumption. We mentioned Restricting Background Data, Reduce Streaming which is the main reason why Data exhaust quickly, just to mention a few. If these tips are followed properly the amount of data consumed by your smartphone would dramatically reduce. We'll like to see your feedback in the comments section!

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