Data Usage - How to Reduce your Mobile data usage

In recent years, mobile data usage has continue to increase. Apps have become more data-hungry and are constantly pushing new versions for an update. Finding cheap and easy means to browse the internet is becoming difficult but you can reduce your data usage on your Mobile phones if you follow the tips discuss in this article below.

Data Usage - How to Reduce your Mobile data usage

To get the best of your data and browsing on the internet with your mobile phone, you must first Limit Background Data on your Phone. This is the main thing draining most data on people's phones and they are not aware. So let me tell you what to do so as to get the best experience browsing with your phone.

So what is background data? Basically, background data means that an app is using data even when you're not actively using the app. Sometimes called background syncing, background data can keep your apps updated with the latest notifications like status updates, Snapchat stories and Tweets.

Background data is one of the biggest drains on your data allotment that you may not know is happening: Mail syncs new messages as you receive them, or your phone automatically downloads all new app updates. Can all of this activity wait until you can connect to Wi-Fi? Find out what apps and services are using cellular data and make any necessary changes. In iOS 14, this is located under Settings > Cellular or Mobile data, and in Android 10, under Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage or Settings > Connections > Data Usage on a Samsung. On an iPhone, you can toggle off individual apps that are using too much data and you can go to Settings > General and toggle off Background App Refresh, or set it to Wi-Fi so it will not use your cellular connection for app updates.

If you see individual apps that are chewing through too much data on Android, tap on the app and consider toggling Background Data or Allow Background Data Usage off — just be aware that it will limit the app’s ability to update in the background. Consider opening up the Play Store, tapping the three-line menu at the top left, and then tap Settings > Auto-update Apps and choose Auto-update Apps Over Wi-Fi Only. You can also look in Settings > Accounts and toggle off Auto-sync Accounts.

What about foreground data?

There are two main types of data usage. Background data and foreground data. Foreground data means you’re actively using data in an app, you’re sending a tweet, you’re watching a Snapchat or you’re streaming a video.

Background data, on the other hand, refers to data that the app uses when you’re not actively doing anything with the app.

Does background app refresh use data?

Apps refresh in the background to regularly check for notifications. This means, when you get an email, message or Tweet, it’s delivered right to your device, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or mobile data. So yes, if you’re not on Wi-Fi, it will use mobile data

           In recent times data usage has soared. Video contents have gained more popularity and Apps are now more data hungry that ever that it has become increasingly difficult to reduce data usage.see more details below

At, we understand customers’ pain around high data consumption and we have put together this tips to help you manage your data better to reduce your data burn out rate.

Theses are some of the best tips to reduce your data Usage on your mobile phones.

  • Software update is one of the triggers for high data consumption, whenever possible use WiFi for updating software and sharing large files.
  • Always set up a data usage limit/alert: This functionality, which can be accessed in your phone’s settings tab, can help you keep an eye on your data consumption.
  • Stick to the mobile versions of websites: To do this, simply access the mobile version of a website by typing www.m. before the site name when launching the browser.
  • Manage or disable push notifications: Push notifications refer to messages automatically sent to your phone without user interaction. This would affect apps like Facebook, Instagram etc.
  • Compress your data: There are a number of apps that can help compress data on your smartphone and other devices. Some of them have the capability to go as far as extending your data plan e.g Google chrome and Opera browsers.
  • Be cautious  when streaming/ watching Video: video streaming is the biggest trigger of data consumption. HD video streaming, for instance, can drain up to 2GB of your device’s data within an hour. Same applies to audio/music streaming or browsing through high-quality images or GIF files seen on Instagram and other social media channels.
  • Apps Update: Disable all auto Apps update. Decide what apps you want to update and do so manually.
  • High Resolutions Images: Apply caution when sharing high resolution images. Some high-resolution images can be up to 50MB in size. These are often pictures captured with high-end smart phones with up to 12-megapixel camera.

To set Data limit for usage;

  • Go to “settings”
  • Go to “network & internet”
  • Go to “Data usage”
  • Go to “data warning and limit”
  • Go to “set data limit”

Set preferred data limit usage e.g. 5GB

This turns off mobile data once it reaches the limit set by you

To set up Data Saver
This prevents some apps from sending or receiving data in the background

  • Go to “settings”
  • Go to “network & internet”
  • Go to “Data usage”
  • Go to “data saver” and activate use of Data saver

This functionality is only available on android 7.0 and above

Prevents automatic updates of apps on Android and apple devices

Android devices

  • Go to Google playstore app
  • Go to “settings”
  • Go to “auto-update apps”
  • Select “Don’t auto-update apps”

Apple devices

  • Go to “settings” app in iOS
  • Go to “General”
  • Go to “automatic updates/Background App refresh
  • Toggle the switch position to “OFF” position to disable

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