Three quick and easy ways to reduce data usage on your Android device

With shared or tiered data plans fast becoming the new normal, many of us will want to find ways to maximize the small pool of data we draw from. Though we typically don’t use more than 2GB monthly, there is a glass ceiling. After the limit, it’s usually pretty expensive to get past it.
You can maximize your data, though. With a few easy tricks, you might find yourself living comfortably in the field of data your carrier offers you. These tricks can also be helpful if you have a data throttling limit, where you get severely reduced speeds after a predetermined limit.

Bandwidth Management in Chrome

In Chrome, there is an opt-in for Bandwidth management. Doing so can greatly reduce the data you use within Chrome, saving you a ton of data. As you can see from the picture above, though I don’t use Chrome a lot while mobile, the reduction in data used is noticeable. To scale, that could end up saving you a lot of data, which counts against your plan.

If you’re not prompted to sign up for the service, go to Chrome > Settings > Advanced > Bandwidth Management. You should see an option for Bandwidth Management. If you don’t see the option, try downloading Chrome Beta — it’s definitely there.

Bandwidth Management Chrome AC2

 

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