How to Avoid Using Up All of your Smartphone Data

YOU KNOW THOSE texts from your carrier informing you that you’ve almost blown through your mobile data allotment? Of course you do. You receive them every month. Which means it’s time to make some changes. Sure, you could switch to an unlimited data plan, but those can be costly. Instead, take control of your data destiny by tweaking a few phone settings and recalibrating your media consumption.

1. Adjust Your System-Wide Settings

Smartphones ship with default settings, some of which are over-reliant on cellular data. Left unchanged, those settings can cause your phone to slurp up all of your plan’s allowed data even if you’re swiping and tapping conservatively. Find the following settings and change them. (You should change them even if you’re on an unlimited plan—use too much data and your carrier can throttle your connection, making pages and apps load at a mind-numbingly slow pace.)

2. Get Your Apps in Gear

Even with all of those system-wide settings turned on, you’ve probably got some data-intensive apps that can zap your monthly data.

3. Keeping Tabs

Still worried you’re missing something? Download an app to track your data usage. Your carrier probably offers an app (or a page on its website) that shows how much data you have left for the month, but there are better ways to do it.

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12 tips to curb data usage in Android

Here are 12 steps you can follow to track your data and lessen its effect on your — or your company’s — budget. (Note: Any tips that are specific to a particular version of Android will be noted.)

1. Diagnose your data usage

You have to understand a problem before you can fix it — so start by heading into your system settings and looking for the section labeled “Data usage.” Tap that line, then tap “Cellular data usage” on the next screen.

2. Battle unnecessary background trickles

Now that we know what’s eating through your mobile data, it’s time to start addressing it.

We’ll start by seeking out and limiting specific instances of unnecessary background data use. Social and news apps tend to be among the worst at this, as they often check in at regular intervals throughout the day in order to pull in new updates. You can opt to disable that behavior — and in most cases, you probably won’t notice much of a downside from doing so.

4. Compress your mobile web experience

Next up is an easy fix: Making your browser less of a data hog. Google’s Chrome Android browser has an option called Data Saver that routes pages through Google’s servers so they’re compressed when they reach you. It can save a significant amount of data and actually make your browsing faster, too.

5. Optimize your music apps

Got Google Play Music? Head into the app’s settings and look for the “Quality on mobile network” option. Try setting it to “Low” or “Normal” and then see if the more data-friendly audio quality is good enough for your ears.

While you’re in the settings, take a moment to confirm that the option for “Download only on Wi-Fi” is activated — and think carefully about the option to “Cache music while streaming.” That’ll cause the app to download every song while you stream it, which means the song will then be locally stored and won’t require any additional data if you listen to it again in the future.

By JR Raphael

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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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