You're with your friends. You suddenly remember a hilarious youtube video that you really need to show them and end up playing it 50 times. It has happened, right? At the time you couldn't stop laughing, but now it’s the middle of the month and you almost ran out of data. Not funny! Luckily, there are a few tricks to save mobile data and of course, we got you. Read them right here.
1. Set the limit.
You can check how much data you’ve used by swiping down the screen to display the notification menu. Pull down to see a list of options and tap the icon to show your data usage for the month. To set the period after which your Android device resets, tap More Settings. Tap where it displays the date range, then select Change Cycle to change to the date your contract renews each month. If you want to limit how much data you can use, tap 'Set mobile data limit'. This will add a red line to the graph on the page – drag this up or down to set the limit you want. You can also drag the grey line to set a warning when you're approaching your data limit.
2. Ease background data.
Many apps will access the internet while running in the background. If you have a lot of apps this can soon add up. There's an easy way to restrict that: On the same page as the graph showing your data usage, you'll see a list of apps arranged by how much data they've used. If you want to prevent an app from using data in the background, tap on it and select Restrict Background Data.
3. Less syncs.
You can limit the amount of mobile data the apps consume by setting how often they connect to the internet to sync. For example, you don't need to know straight away that you've got a new Aptoide email, right? Then change your email app to only check for new emails every hour.
You can also prevent Gmail from downloading images in emails while on mobile data. Open up settings, tap 'Data Usage', scroll down until you see Gmail and tap 'App Settings'. Select the account you use and tick 'Auto-download attachments to recent messages via Wifi'.
4. No auto-updating.
Apps that automatically download updates not connected to a Wi-Fi network are big data thieves. To make sure they aren't downloading these large updates while you're on mobile data go to the store. Swipe from the left-hand side of the screen to open the menu. Scroll down the menu and tap on Settings then make sure that under 'Auto-update apps', 'Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only' is selected.
5. Take control of your notifications.
Someone you don't even know is now live - on facebook, on Instagram, you name it. Yes, you get a lot of notifications and alerts on your phone, 'cause you’re that social. Newsflash, they are consuming your data. Mos def some are interesting but others not so much. Be sure to disable push notifications for those that aren't.
6. Compress Chrome pages.
Did you know there's a Chrome's Data Saver option? It compresses web pages before they're downloaded. Meaning, it lowers the quality of images and animations on websites, you won't notice much of a difference on a smartphone screen. To turn on 'Data Saver', open Chrome and tap the three dots icon at the top-right of the screen. Next, tap 'Settings', then 'Data Saver'. Tap the toggle to turn this on and you'll see a graph which will display the amount of mobile data you've saved.
7. Offline mode is your friend.
A good way of saving mobile data is by finding if the apps you use have an offline mode. For example, Spotify enables you to save music and playlists to your device so you can listen to them without streaming. Also, Google Maps will work offline. It's worth looking to see if your favorite apps feature an offline mode. Find that out. Tap that mode.
8. Pocket App will store for you.
Grab the Pocket App if you don’t have it yet. It’s really handy, as it enables you to save web pages and videos to view offline. That way, if you have a long journey ahead (train or bus), you can go through your favorite websites beforehand and save articles or videos to watch later. Cool, right?
9. Calm Facebook down.
Facebook is so data greedy, guys. Take control! Open the Facebook app and tap the three horizontal lines icon, then scroll down until you see 'App Settings'. Tap this, then 'Autoplay Facebook' (this soaks up a lot of data) and set this option to either 'On Wi-Fi Connections Only' or 'Never Autoplay Videos'. You can also use the Lite version.
Well, duh. Aptoide also has a special version for troubled data people: Aptoide Lite. And, guess what? It only uses 1 MB of phone memory. All the screenshots and icons are compressed to save your bandwidth. With the Lite version, you can share apps with your friends in the same location without even using data. Amazing. Oh and it employs a Delta Update system, which basically means you'll be downloading only the required parts of each app when it updates.
Hope these help. We will survive!