How To Reduce Data Usage on Android Devices: 12 Easy Tips

Generally, people including me live in the fear of surpassing monthly data allowance. Android users can come out from this fear by changing the data plan into an unlimited data plan, which can be a expensive thing for some users. Here we are giving 12 tips to lessen your data usage without changing your current data plan, but the condition is your smartphone ought to be Android Phone.

1. Use Opera Max VPN

Opera Max VPN is an Android application that helps you use less Internet data while simultaneously protecting your privacy. It also lets you block and restrict other apps that use a lot of data.

Once you have Opera Max activated, all content is compressed before it reaches your smartphone, which means you can save up to 50% of data while using all your apps. From the main page, you can also see how much data each app uses and how much you've saved. This also serves to quickly see which apps use the most data, allowing you to block them with just a click.

The way Opera Max works is relatively simple: when you have it activated, the data that reaches your Android goes through its servers, where all the images and videos are compressed, filtering out all the data you don't need. This way, your information is protected though an additional layer of encryption.

Opera Max - Data manager
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot
  • Opera Max - Data manager Screenshot

2. By the Compression of  Chrome pages

You can decrease the data usage 30-35 percent with the help of compressed Chrome pages. If you are using the Chrome for the surfing you can use the "Data Saver" option to control the data usages. To activate the "Data Saver", click on three dots of your Chrome browser – go to Settings – then Data Saver. Turn "Data Saver" on here, and you are ready to use the compressed pages.

3. With the Use of  Opera's video compression

Opera Mini is a mobile browser with some great features for browsing on the Android. It has a decent feature of video compression. To use this, you just have to download this browser and go to Settings – then Data Savings and check the box of video comparison. It will save your data and load the online video quicker.

4. Stop using Facebook App

Facebook application consumes lots of data during the use of it. So why should we use this kind of app if the alternative is available? You can use Facebook Lite appliction which save a lot of data and it is light weight and quick. You can also make a Chrome shortcut in the browser. You simply visit Facebook in the Chrome browser and select Add to Home Screen from the Settings.

5. Start using offline apps and games

Some games and application use a lot of data continuously. You can switch to the offline games and apps instead of these online apps and games (Opera Max can save some data for you if you are using it).

6. With the Restriction of Background data

Background data is that data which is consumed by the phone when you are not using any application, not doing any browsing activity at all. You can save data with the restriction of this background data. You just have to go into Settings – Data usage – Restrict Background Data. You can do this thing for individual apps in Settings – Apps. Opera Max is also giving you the power of enabling or disabling individual apps.

7. Auto-Updating Apps should be disabled

One most basic reason of consuming the excess data is auto updating of the applications. You can save data by disabling auto-update option. You can choose the option of updating apps in the presence of Wi-Fi network only. Just go to Google Play Store – Settings – then Auto Update Apps – select Auto-update Apps over Wi-Fi Only.

8. Use offline music on your phone

Avoidance of unnecessary streaming services like YouTube, Vine, Spotify and other streaming sites, enhance the data usage. You can avoid these with some stored music and videos on your phone.

9. Identify and limit/remove high consuming apps

You should keep an eye on your apps, which app consumes more data and what is the worth of it? You can remove the high data consuming application or limit their data usages. Go to Settings – Data usage here you can check the data consumption of the apps.

10. Disable GPS

Google maps uses most your data without asking any permition. You should keep the GPS/navigation off when you don't want to use any Google maps services.

11. Use Google Docs offline

You should put the Google Docs offline to save data. It consumes the unnecessary data.

12. Don't upload, download or send pictures or videos which are large in size

You should check file size of any image or video before sharing. If it is big in size then you should avoid sharing them.