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Mobile data usage has exploded in recent years. Applications have become more data-intensive and new versions are continually being released. Previously, web browsing was mostly text-based due to the lack of advancements in web technologies.

1. Limit your data usage in Android settings.

Setting a monthly data usage restriction is the easiest way to avoid using excessive amounts of data without your knowledge. On Android, you can limit your mobile data usage through the Settings app.

Select Data Usage>>Billing Cycle>>Data Limit & Billing Cycle from the Settings menu. Here you can specify the maximum amount of data you want to consume per month. You can also choose to automatically disconnect from the network once the data limit is reached.

2. Restrict app background data

Even when the smartphone is not in use, some applications continue to use mobile data. While multitasking or when the screen is off, background data lets you monitor and update your programs. However, not all programs need to consume background data all the time.

You can see the stats for which apps are consuming how much data by going to Settings >> Data Usage.

When you tap on an app, you can see how much data it’s using in the foreground and background. The data consumed by the app when it is actively used by you when it is opened is called foreground data usage. When you are not using the app and it is running in the background, you are consuming data in the background. It is automatic and requires no action. Examples of this are automatic app updates and synchronization.

If you notice that an app’s background data usage is excessive and you don’t need it running in the background all the time, select “Restrict background data -map of the application”.

This ensures that the program consumes data only when it is open, reducing data usage.

3. Use data compression in Chrome

One of the most popular Android browsers is Google Chrome. On Android, it has a built-in feature that can significantly reduce data usage.

When you enable data compression, all of your traffic is routed through a Google proxy. Before being transferred to your phone, your data is compressed and optimized. This results in less data consumption and faster page loading without any significant change in online content.

To use data compression, open Chrome, go to the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner, select Settings, then Data saver. Activate data saver by tapping on the top right corner.

When you use Data Saver, Chrome’s Safe Browsing system is activated, which detects bad pages and protects you from malware and dangerous content. Chrome managed to save 17% of data in a month, as shown in the screenshot above.

You can go back to Chrome’s settings window to see how much data you’ve saved over time.

4. Update apps over Wi-Fi only

Disabling automatic app updates in the Play Store is one of the most effective strategies to reduce mobile data consumption. Touch Menu>>Settings>>Auto-update apps in Play Store.

Make sure “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” is selected. You can also select “Do not update apps automatically”, but this is not recommended as you will have to remember to update your apps manually from time to time.

5. Limit your use of streaming services

The most data-intensive hardware is music and video streaming, as well as high-quality photos. When using mobile data, try to stay away from it. When connected to WiFi, you can choose to save music and movies locally to your storage or download them.

You can reduce the quality of the stream when streaming over the mobile connection to save data. YouTube uses a lot of data, so if you’re using a mobile service on Android, lower the video resolution.

Many Android streaming apps, such as Netflix and YouTube Go, have a data saver mode that effectively reduces data usage.

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