Limiting Data Usage On Android Phones


Unlimited data plans for regular speed internet have become very expensive on a monthly level and have caused users to start using their mobile data very stringently in the fear of not exceeding their monthly allowance. There is always a possibility that the data plan to use internet outdoors suddenly expires at the most inopportune moments, leaving one stranded and almost helpless at times. Thus, it becomes imperative to learn different ways to save data on Android phones and ensure that the data plan we buy at the beginning of the month lasts us for a reasonable period of time.

Compression of Chrome Pages

Users who use Chrome for all their web traffic will greatly benefit from this tip and will be able to save around 30-35% of their data usage. A Data Saver option allows users to compress web pages before they load on the browser. The only flipside to this trick is that it slows down the loading of pages by a few seconds, which is not very problematic in nature.

Opera’s Video Compressor

Another easy way of drastically reducing data usage and consumption is to enable a video compression mechanism. This is beneficial for users who view various videos on-the-go during the day. It allows for videos to consume less data to load and also ensures that videos load at a quicker rate.

Deleting the Facebook App

A sure-shot way of drastically reducing data consumption is to completely stop using the Facebook application to browse and access Facebook. This can be done through various other alternatives like Tinfoil for Facebook, which is simply a web app that displays the Facebook website (one can still get push notifications by using IFTTT and Pushbullet). This ensures that a lot of data gets saved.

Offline apps and games

There are various applications that require internet only for menial and trivial purposes, thus redundantly depleting the data pack that the user has purchased. A simple way to remedy this, is to start using offline applications and games that are easily available, with some of the best games and apps being available for offline usage.


To reduce data usage and consumption, another tip is to ensure that there is some music on your phone. Streaming services like YouTube, Spotify, Vine and other video and music sites are huge data killers. If there’s a tune or album one is constantly listening to at the gym or on the way to work, it will use much less data by downloading it onto their phone and listening to it offline, rather than endlessly streaming it on an app.

These small but helpful tips are extremely necessary if one is looking to save data and ultimately save money. We often have little to no control on the data that we use and tend to use it carelessly, leading to the data plan being exhausted much before schedule. These tricks will ensure that such a scenario never arises.

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by techtalks @TechTalks June 3, 2016 5:28 AM UTC


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