Greetings from CHAT Team.! People are addicted to social networking sites, popularity of cloud storage is going up and more & more people are inclined to use streaming apps like YouTube and Netflix. Believe it or not, your smartphone is literally of no use without internet connectivity.
However, unlimited data plans have seemingly disappeared and users are stuck with limited usage data plan options. Although you can exercise some control on your usage of the mobile data, still you always run a risk of over using and being slapped with hefty data usage charges. This could be more frustrating than it sounds and can take the fun out of using your android phone.
Despite all this, android users still have reason to cheer; you can still restrict your data usage with proper configuration of your device. You will be surprised to find that you are using your mobile data at a much lower pace with just a little fine tuning of your phone settings. Let’s take a look at the tips for reducing mobile data usage on your Android phone:
01. Turn Off Mobile Data When Not in Use:
There are times when you do not use your phone a certain period of time, like while you are driving or sleeping or you are in a meeting. All you have to do is, go to the notification panel on your android phone and turn the mobile data option off as shown in the picture.
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You can turn the mobile data off to avoid excessive data usage at these times, in case you are not expecting an urgent e-mail, which you will not be able to check, if you are not connected or online.
02. Use Wi-Fi to Update Apps:
Visit the Play Store on your android phone and then go to the settings option and check the Auto-update apps option. Please ensure that the Auto-update apps on Wi-Fi only option is selected or highlighted as shown in the image here.
You also have the option to not auto update the apps at all. However, if you do that, you will have to update the apps manually and that could be time consuming and even frustrating at times. Moreover, you may not remember to update the apps at all at times and may lose out on important updates for some apps which may prove to be critical.
03. Prepare Maps for Offline Use When Travelling:
The Google maps now allow you to cache maps on your android phone. Although it takes some time and data to download a map, but once downloaded it is available for offline usage and navigation. You can download the maps while you are connected to a Wi-Fi to save data usage when travelling. You just have to zoom in to the portion of map that you want to cache and type "ok maps" in the search bar and the map will be cached for offline usage.
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You may also use navigation apps that run offline like Sygic and save you the trouble of using a mobile data connection for navigation while on the move or remember to download or cache maps for offline usage on your android phone every time you plan to travel.
04. Disable auto-play videos:
Facebook, YouTube, etc recently added a feature that automatically plays videos in your newsfeed, regardless of if you wanted it to or not. To avoid unintentionally downloading these videos:
To Disable This setting:
●Facebook Left Navigational Panel--Settings--(General Settings) Auto-Play videos on Wi-Fi only.
●YouTube Upper Your Account--Settings--Auto-play Videos on Wi-Fi only.
05. Download Gmail attachments on Wi-Fi:
Google allows you to automatically download Gmail attachments over Wi-Fi. If you’re a daily user of the Gmail app, this toggle could help you save big on network data!
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To enable this setting:
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