If you are a data conscious Android user with limited data subscription from your network/internet provider, then you may need to sacrifice certain unnecessary comfort to save data.
Android OS was designed to make life
easier for you but most of these
services that perform tasks
automatically rely on the internet.
you can do these tasks manually, why
keep these services running?
These are the services/apps that you
need to manage to control your data.
1. Google Playstore.
Control the time you need the service
to connect to internet and update your
apps by deactivating “Auto Update”.
Go to “Settings” and deselect “Auto
Update” on both Wi-Fi and Mobile data.
You can always update your apps
anytime by selecting the “Update”
button beside the app name.
The biggest culprit as far as “data-
drinking” is concern is the Facebook
app. Sorry, but you need to uninstall
the app completely.
Fortunately, Facebook introduced a
lighter version, “Facebook
Lite” [Download Here] which you can
download and still enjoy your
Facebook ecosystem whilst saving
3. Avoid the free lunch as much as
Avoid free apps, I know you never
bothered to read the terms and
conditions but one of the things which
you agreed to was to allow the app to
post adverts to your screen.
Therefore, if you do not have an
effective ad-blocker on your device or
your device is not rooted [Click to read
the benefits of rooting your android],
then be careful of what you download
free from the internet.
4. Use Opera Mini for Android for
Unless you really must use the normal
browser (ie situation you have to fill
an online form or make online
transaction), then any other browsing
on the internet should be with Opera
Many of us are still somehow limited
by what Opera Mini could do,
fortunately, Opera decided to bring out
the Opera Mini Beta.
5. Desktop View on mobile browser
If you insist on having desktop view
on your browser, then use either UC
Browser or Opera
(a) Data Saving tips for UC Browser.
Go to “Settings” and do 3 things
Disable Cloud boost on both mobile
and WIFI network
Disable “Preload Page”
On “Browsing Settings”. Change the
image quality to “Low”
(b) Data Saving tips for Opera Browser
Go to the Ribbon button (top right
Enable “Off-Road Mode”
On “Settings”, change the “Off-Road
Images” to “Low quality”
6. Set Data Limit
You can also set data limit on the
Android Setting menu (Data Usage) and
get a notification when you are
approaching your daily limit.
7. Use of Data Compressing App
Many people would favor the use of
data compressing app like Onavo
Extend or Opera Max (Which can also
act as a network firewall). But my
opinion is that, if you are observing
the above tips judiciously, you do not
need the data compressor. This is
because these data compressing apps
require constant internet connection to
a third party compressing server, this
enables it to reduce the data but
unfortunately also drain your battery.
It is also reported to be having security
concerns especially if you are doing an
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