All of us are today entirely dependent on your smartphones. These semiconductor devices have become the lifeline of our generation. And each one of us goes shucks when one of the two (and God forbid if these two happen together) happens – our phone dying on us, one bar at a time and our data pack finishing, leaving us with the ever loading webpage.
Now, we assume you are familiar with dash chargers and power banks, which can help you with draining batteries, but what to do to stop our data packs from wasting out? Well, we spent some time researching and found – you can actually reduce your data consumption, and here is how. The first thing to know is how much data you require. And then, how you can budget it. Go through the following points to understand better how to reduce data consumption on your Android –
Mobile Data You Need
We bet you didn’t know that the animated GIFs you adore so much are considered highly deadly in the world of data consumption. And why should that not be? When a three second animation can cost you upto one megabyte, consider it serious. And this is when even the YouTube videos, you accuse of draining your data package, consume 2 – 10 megabytes per minute. Yes, you read that right. Music on the other hand can use 1 – 5 megabytes per minute. Point is you can use tools to measure your data consumption and you totally should. Read on to know how.
Mobile Data You Use
You can use Android Tools or Provider Apps to measure the data consumed.
- Android Tools:
Yes, the OS you so love actually gives you control on your consumption. You can view your consumption by going to your Mobile Data in your device’s Settings. Good news is, you can set limits of data consumption, ask your Android device to warn you when you cross them and limit your background data.
- Provider Apps:
You can also check your data consumption and your remaining data limit on the app(s) that your carrier has. For that matter, these apps might provide you a more accurate number when it comes to used and remaining data given that your carrier is providing you data in the first place. Also, you can put a Current Status widget for some carrier on your home screen which sits there to remind you of the data limits.
Mobile Data You can Save
- Limit Your Consumption:
As discussed above you can have your Android set limit to your data consumption. Just go to the Settings of your device and manage your data consumption there. You can setup a cycle in accordance with your data pack provided by your carrier. You may also select a value of data used at which your mobile data is automatically turned off.
- Limit Background Data:
What’s more? You can even limit the data individual apps use. You can access the consumption by individual apps and then by selecting any one, you might analyse how much data it uses in the foreground and/or the background. Thus, you can limit the apps which eats into your data in the background to limit their consumption – however it might affect the functioning of some of your apps, especially the Google ones and System ones.
When You Go Offline
You can also go offline every now and then for things you actually do not need data services for, but are either unaware or weary about it.
- Stream Music Offline:
Well, you can always download videos and audios to save data on streaming. However, most streaming services also provide you with offline features for music as well as video consumption. You might also convert your favorite CDs to MP3s and save them on your MicroSD card and then play them using a music player app.
- Navigate Your Way Offline:
Did you know you can navigate Your way offline almost as efficiently as you do online? You will even be asked automatically by Google maps now whether or not to keep your map excerpts offline for 30 days.
When You Stream Using Lower Data
Yes, online streaming consumes data a lot. Yes, it probably basically eats in your data package. No, you can not not do anything about it.
- Compression with Chrome:
Chrome might be one of the best browsers out there, and having the ability to download compressed website data is one of its magical abilities obviously. Go to your settings in your browser, and enable the compression feature. Voila, gone are the days of cribbing over data volumes.
- Use Opera Max:
Chrome can easily be followed by Opera when it comes to better browsers available on Android. And both these browsers make a special note to reduce your data consumption. Install Opera Max – the compression app which will let you save data while surfing online. The app also sends all data via its very own VPN server. It compresses videos and photos, with the only downside being that of the hampered quality. You can even use video streaming sites like Netflix and YouTube in their compressed forms on request. The data gets almost halved when using this compression app.
However, of nothing works for you, we will highly recommend going WiFi. Also, you can try using a dual SIM phone (in case you have one) and use one SIM dedicated to your data needs.
Whatever be your savior, out of all the tricks mentioned above, to help you with reduction in data consumption on your Android, let us know in comments below.