Six (6) Best Ways to Reduce Data Consumption on Android

Android devices are becoming very cool with so many awesome apps but the only thing that is standing on our way and the cool apps is our data plans. Android operating systems has a lot of data-restricting settings which could help in reducing the amount of data we consume on our android devices.

1.

Update Apps on WIFI only:

navigate to Google Play store and tap Menu > Settings > Auto-update apps. Here, be sure that “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” is selected. You also have the option to choose “Do not auto-update apps,” but it’s less preferable, since you’ll have to remember to update apps manually.

2.

Configure in-app data settings:

To give you a fluid experience, many apps ping servers in the background to keep their content updated. For instance, Google+ backs up your photos and videos as they’re captured. These conveniences are great, but they come at a cost, so dive into the app settings and disable the data-sucking options you don’t absolutely need.

3.

Restrict background data:

Even apps that don’t allow you to fine-tune data settings could still are loading background data. In Ice Cream Sandwich and later versions of Android, one way to find out which ones are guilty is to go to Settings > Data Usage, and scroll down to reveal a list of apps with accompanying data usage stats. Then, tap an app to view its usage data, and take a look at the two numbers next to the pie chart. “Foreground” refers to the data used when you’re actively using the app, while “Background” reflects the data used when the app is running in the background. If you notice an app is using too much background data, scroll down to the bottom and check “Restrict background data.” Just note that this setting overrides any conflicting app behavior.

4.

Preload streaming-app content:

As we become increasingly frugal about cellular data usage, more apps offer caching (or preloading), letting you download content on Wi-Fi and view it at any later time. Spotify, for example, lets users download playlists. Similarly, YouTube preloads subscriptions and videos on your Watch Later list. The majority of apps that offer preloading are the ones that need it most. So use it. Head into the settings menu of any app (especially streaming-media apps), to see if the option is available. Alternatively, you might find that an app allows you to lower streaming quality while on a cellular data connection.

5.

Download large files on Wi-Fi only:

Unless you absolutely have to, refrain from downloading songs, movies, or large files while using a cellular data connection. It’s common sense, but be sure to do any downloading while you’re on Wi-Fi.

6.

Install Opera Max:

Opera Max encrypts data for all apps on your device when you’re connected to a mobile data network. Install the app and it will take over, routing all apps’ traffic through Opera’s servers so it can be compressed to save your data allowance. Unlike other services that do this, Opera Max can also compress videos in addition to photos, web pages, and other types of data. This application also provides you with an overview of the apps using data and allows you to block them from using that precious data. This service is free, and is the best solution for compressing your Android phone’s data usage. To “recharge” Opera Max, you’re asked to occasionally watch an advertisement — that’s the price of a free service.

I am Mohiddeen Ahmad, an enthusiast blogger, web developer.. Owner of Flowdiary Blog.. Follow me on Google+, Twitter, Instagram, and my YouTube channel

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