Data usage is how much Internet bandwidth including upload or download it takes using mobile data (and not Wifi). Mobile data Internet is always expensive than other types of Internet. To make sure that we are not using too much data on our data plan, we need to adjust settings to reduce data usage in Android.
In this article, we will discuss about a few ways on how we can manage and reduce data usage when our phone is using a mobile data connection.
Following are some ways that can help you in reduce data usage in Android.
Restrict background data usage
Restricting background data means to stop apps and other notifications that you don’t want your mobile to use while you are using mobile data network. For example, if you want to search something from your browser but don’t want to waste data on other apps like Facebook or Gmail that run in the background and are always ready to send you notifications, just restrict your background data and apps. Only allow your browser to use the Internet from mobile data. All other background apps will not be able to use mobile data Internet.
To restrict background data usage in your Android phone, go to Settings –> Data usage
Now select the settings button and restrict background data.
Set Usage Limit to reduce data usage in Android
Setting data limit in your phone also helps you to decrease data usage. This will remind you when you have used more data than your limit. You can set up your monthly limit and it will remind you when the limit is over. You can also set up daily reminders that tell you about your daily data usage. It also tells you which app uses most of the data and hence you can use that app less to lower its data usage.
Simply go to settings> cellular networks and there you see a chart where you can drag the pins to set you data usage limit.
Switch from 4G to 3G or 2G
In order to reduce data usage, you can also switch from your 4G network to 2G using the same sim slot.
If you don’t want fast internet access i.e. if you don’t have to watch videos or use Facebook, this hack comes in handy because slow Internet is acceptable in these conditions.
Go to Settings –> More… –> Mobile networks –> Network modes –> Select the sim you want to access –> Select 2G/3g/4G/auto mode.
Restricting apps from accessing the Internet
Some apps have the option to make changes to its downloads or updates. It allows auto updating option or downloading data via Wi-Fi or data. So to save data usage simply restrict them from downloading via the data network. Go to settings of the app and select download only via Wi-Fi and you will be good to go. For example google play store usually starts auto updating apps via any network. To allow it to auto update only when connected to Wi-Fi, simply go to play store Settings –> Auto-update apps –> Auto update only over Wi-Fi. There you go now it will only update apps when connected to Wi-Fi.
What to do when nothing works?
Under normal circumstances, the above mentioned tricks will definitely work but there are situations where we have very limited mobile data package available and we want to use it wisely and intelligently. In that case, I usually turn off the data usage, implement all the above tricks and turn on data only when I want to access the Internet.
Sometimes, Android will still use mobile data even if we turn off the data usage setting. In that case, I change the Internet APN name of my mobile carrier data settings. This will make sure no Internet is being used until we change the APN to its original setting.
If you have more tricks under your belt, please share them with us in the comment below.