Ever since the advent of social media and streaming services, the usage of internet data has significantly skyrocketed. Smartphone apps have become data-hungry parasites, sucking out your entire cellular fluid and leaving you with nothing but internet thirst, even the internet itself has become enormous and monstrous, feeding us with never ending content for data-worth.
Our smartphones’ data take a significant amount of money in our monthly budgets if not weekly. Most of us often overlook this as an important issue. Today we are going to look at ways that will help you reduce your data cost on your Android smartphone and overcome what I may refer to, as, data dilemma.
8 Easy Ways To Reduce Data Cost On Android Smartphones
1. Stick To A Data Plan And Limit Your Data Usage
The first and foremost thing to overcome overwhelmingly huge data consumption, is by setting up a data plan, this not only helps you limit your data usage but it also helps you stay more resourceful.
To do this, go to your Settings and click on Data Usage and then select Billing Cycle, and then select Data limit and billing cycle. From there on you can set your monthly maximum data limit.
2. Restrict Background Data
It has always been a tradition for android apps to run in the background. While this is a great feature indeed, since it helps your android device stay updated, however, it is the primary source for most data consumption.
But sometimes it is not necessary for some apps to run in the background. To restrict background data, go to Settings and click Data Usage and then from there you can select the apps you would want to restrict based on how much data they consume in the background.
3. Update Apps Over Wi-Fi
Sometimes some of the apps we usually download have the tendency of auto-updating themselves without our knowledge, this can be so annoying when a heavy app automatically updates itself to skyrocket our internet bundles. I had a friend who had bought a Techno Pop smartphone and was telling me how his data bundles mysteriously disappear within few minutes after turning on cellular data. But after checking his smartphone’s settings and data statistics I realised the issue had to do with frequent auto-update of apps.
To change your android settings to update your apps over Wi-Fi, go to your Google Play Store menu and then tap Settings and then select “Auto-update apps” and then select “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only”. You won’t have to be worried about adding extra data next time. Users may also opt to completely disable auto-update by selecting “Do not auto-update apps”, however, this is not recommended.
4. Scan Your Smartphone Frequently
Apart from taking unwanted space and affecting smartphones’ overall performance, malware can also be responsible for eating away your valuable data without your knowledge. Remember, malware and viruses have a particular motif, to auto-launch your programs and lead you to sites that will steal your valuable information including your money. To avoid this and ensure that you always stay on the safe side, you should always make sure you frequently scan your smartphone for viruses.
5. Turn Off Mobile Data When Not In Use
This is one unique way of avoiding unwanted data costs. If your smartphone can accidentally launch your camera without your knowledge, then there is a possibility it can also launch YouTube without your knowledge. It might seem insignificant sometimes, but, you never know until you know.
6. Limit Your Push Notifications
Those tiny messages might not seem to be a great deal at first until they start flooding in hundreds or thousands, not only will they be a nuisance but they will also slice a huge chunk of your precious internet data. The only way to avoid this is by turning off notifications on apps that you don’t need to be notified of.
7. Limit Your Usage Of Streaming Services
Streaming media is one of the most compulsive internet data parasite. A lot of people nowadays rely mostly on audio-visual content, this has made Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to embed streaming services in their platforms.
The best way to avoid heavy consumption of internet data is by using Wi-Fi when streaming online content. Some media providers like Netflix and YouTube also offer data saving options, another way of reducing streaming data consumption is by decreasing your video resolution. And the best alternative is by downloading the content and watch them offline.
8. Disable Your Smartphone Sync Settings
Most of the time when you buy a new smartphone, your account settings use auto-sync by default. This is one feature that keeps your device updated on your apps’ functionalities. However, it can turn your entire device into a complete looting machine with data hungry apps like YouTube, Google+ and Facebook, which rely mostly on sync services.
I remember a time when I would turn on my cellular data and BOOM over a hundred photos from Facebook are downloaded at once.
To save you the trouble of auto-sync, go to your Settings and then click Accounts, from there you can decide which apps you need to disable auto-sync depending on your preferences.
Data Saving Takeaway For Android Users
Use these key tips to preserve your precious internet data the next time you are about to go online. Don’t let your apps and internet use your valuable data before you can even use it.
- Only back-up your files over Wi-Fi
- Save Google Maps for offline usage
- Play your games offline
- Use data compression in Chrome
- Use a data saving app like Opera Max
- Use Opera Mini browser
- Disable autoplay in your apps
- Download large files while you are on Wi-Fi
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