How to Reduce and manage mobile data usage on android

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Data is not something to be taken for granted, even the so-called unlimited options throttle you after using a certain amount of gigabytes, making data a resource we hold very dear. In this article am going to show you some methods you can use to reduce your data usage.

First things, first;

Data usage is how much data your device uploads or downloads using mobile data. To make sure that you’re not using too much data on your data plan, you can check and change your data usage.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up.

How to Use less data with data saver mode

To help use less mobile data on a limited data plan, you can turn on data saver. This mode lets most apps and services get background data only via Wi-Fi. Currently active apps and services can use mobile data.

Turn data saver mode on or off

  • Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  • Tap Network & internet and then Data usage and then Data saver.
  • Turn Data saver on or off.

When data saver mode is on, you’ll see the Data saver Data saver icon in your status bar and a notification at the top of your device’s Settings app Settings app.

Prevent apps from being interrupted when there’s no Wi-Fi

Some apps and services won’t work as expected without background data. You can let certain apps and services continue getting background data via mobile data in data saver mode.

  • Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  • Tap Network & internet and then Data usage and then Data saver and then Unrestricted data.
  • Turn on the app or service you’d like to use mobile data while in data saver mode.

How to check your mobile data usage

You can check how much data you use.

Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.

  • Tap Network & internet and then Data usage.
  • Under “Mobile,” you’ll see how much total data you use.
  • To see graphs and details, tap Mobile data usage.
  • To pick a time period, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  • To see how much data each app uses, look below the graph.

How to Reduce mobile data usage on android

Restrict background data

Some apps just spend too much data, even when the smartphone is not in use. It’s actually one of the greatest features on Android, as background data allows you to keep everything updated and monitored while you are off doing other things. The deal here is that not every app needs to stay active at all times.

Go into Settings > Data Usage and select the app you want to restrict data for. In the stats you will see two types of data: foreground and background. If you find background data is too high and you don’t need the app to stay active, simple toggle the switch that is labeled as “Restrict app background data”.

Update apps only via WiFi

Many android users continue updating their applications over cellular connections. This is OK if you choose to do it, but how many times have you noticed all your apps were auto-updated without your consent, spending all them precious GBs? Hopefully not too often, but if this is an issue, we can show you how to stop it from happening again.

Just open the Google Play Store and tap on the menu button (three horizontal lines parallel to each other). Hit the Settings option and then select the “Auto-update apps” button. Hit “Auto-update apps over WiFi only”.

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