With worldwide increase in smartphone adoption, especially in this part of the world, people are constantly faced with the problem of how to conserve and manage their data. First time users especially complain endlessly and you hear comments like, “Android consumes too much data”.
This is not always the case, and I’d say it boils down to your usage. Below are 5 practical steps to saving data on your Android device.
1.) Use a Data Saving browser
If you just got an Android device, and you’re looking for way of managing your data. Run to Google Play Store and download either of Opera Mini, UC Mini or both. These two browsers use the minimal amount of data while you browse. It’s also advised to route all your mobile browsing to any of these two apps to save you as much data as possible. Totally avoid the likes Chrome, and Firefox.
On Android, apps always run at the background as long as data is ON. You notice that immediately you put on data, notifications start arriving like a gushing stream. The thing, is not all apps deserve this privilege ,and this eats into your data. Go to Settings> Data Usage and check for the app that has the highest ‘Background data’ usage. You can switch it off there or Switch it off generally for all apps.
3.) Thou shall not stream anything!!
When you jump into Android for the first time you see lots of attractive things. Streaming of audio and video, games that work with internet etc. All these should be avoided, no matter how enticing-that is if you want to save data.
If you must consume media, try to download your files and play them offline, if your must stream, then reduce the quality to the lowest.
By default on Android, apps automatically update on their own in Google Play Store. If you didn’t know this, once you put on data, all your apps would start updating at once, and before you know it, your data is gone with the wind. Run along to Google Play> Settings and select the option ” Do not auto-update apps”.
Apps like Facebook, Google, Evernote, WhatsApp sync information as long as your data is ON, you can go ahead and disable Auto Sync. Go to Settings>Accounts and untick it. With a service like Google, you can until syncing for services you don’t use like Google Play Newsstand, Google+ Uploads, Keep etc. See screenshot. The disadvantage here is that syncing starts only when you open the app initially disabled.
So you finished doing all of the above and still have complains with data consumption, then you deserve 36 strokes of the cane!! 🙂