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How to manage and reduce mobile data usage in Android

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How to manage and reduce mobile data usage in Android
Mobile data – we just can't get enough of it. Too bad that few of us get to enjoy mobile gigabytes on an all-you-can-eat basis, and being throttled or charged for an allowance extension isn't a pleasant experience. Yet there's a whole bunch of tricks you can do to save your mobile megs. In fact, you don't need to be an expert to trim down the mobile data consumed by your Android smartphone. 

With this post we're giving you 11 helpful tips on reducing mobile data consumption – methods from compressing web pages you open to shutting down data entirely when it isn't needed. The effectiveness of these methods may vary, depending on what you use your megabytes for, but you may mix and match for greater savings. Of course, if you have any data saving tips of yours, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.

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posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:01 4

1. techperson211 (Posts: 598; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Most of the people who has smartphone do not know this, but I'll be guessing everyone here in PA knew these. Good info though.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:05

2. Federated (Posts: 227; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


I have unlimited 4G LTE data/month. About 30-65mbps. Netflix on HD night and day. ;)

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:42

5. RandomUsername (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


How much do you pay for it?

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:55

7. Federated (Posts: 227; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


$70.00. No throttling.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 06:32

11. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


On verizon?

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 14:52

19. cezarepc (Posts: 564; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


You can look for somebody you know who have a grand fathered plan and want to transfer to another network. Offer to take over their dues and viola, you have unli data at a low low price.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 06:34

12. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I get 40gb 4G, unlimited, €50

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:25

3. kanagadeepan (Posts: 667; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I have 8GB FREE 3G data allowance each month and I follow these steps already to use upto 7.8GB max every month and avoid overage charges...

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:40

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Onavo Extend is a good alternative to Opera Max. I saved about 50% of my data usage using it.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 04:53 3

6. GreekGeek (Posts: 763; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


All you have to do is disable the image loading option in Opera mini, trust me, 100 mb will last you ''several days'' of browsing

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 05:00

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I swear I was going to post the exact same. Opera mini rocks and the switching "load images" off works like a charm. +1

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 05:17

9. GreekGeek (Posts: 763; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I have a monthly cap of 2.5 gigs and I never ran into trouble with this option turned on...Viber, txt Plus eats most of my bandwidth

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 05:53 1

10. renjithr712 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Nice article :)

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 06:35 1

13. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Unlimited FTW

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 08:17 2

14. ErenJaeger (Posts: 117; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Useful article, but most PA viewers are addicted to cellphones so they might brag they knew all of it. I like articles that help whether or not I already know them

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 08:46

15. bucky (Posts: 1390; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


In Canada, our plans are $80+ a month with unlimited minutes and 2gb of data :(. Absolute robbery because only 3 main companies control everything and won't let anyone else in.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 09:27

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Is ok partner the US is moving towards the same model. Once Sprint acquires Tmoile, is all over, especially for T users. Having said that, if you like magenta, get locked now, and grandfather in, prices will be adjusted. I have never gone over my 3gb. Always near wifi, especially with the expansion xfinity, life is less complicated.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 10:41

18. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Isn't life with Robellus sweet, err expensive.
Who you with Bucky, I'm on Telus portion of the evil empire?

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 19:02

20. bucky (Posts: 1390; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I'm actually with fido in a very old plan back when the first iPhone 3G came to canada. $80 everything unlimited with 6gb of data. I guess I should be thankful for that.

Just moving into my first place so I'm hoping a package deal with bell in oakville will make it cheaper for me.

Just nailed a very nice job too and I think the company starts paying my phone bills.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 09:04

16. lammaz (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2014)


Seems we're better off here in Baltics as since my first smartphone i've never had to worry about data usage. TBH it's a bit strange and unfair to overpay and worry about data consumption - different worlds though.

For exactly 30€ I have unlimited 4G data with rates 50/20 (really unlimited aka no "fair amount" restriction)
For 20€ you can have unlimited 4G with rates up to 20/8* *reasonable usage amount is 50GB from which data speed is restricted to 1Mbit.

Love my operator :)

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 01:36

21. Harshc510 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


Opera max not available in india. Any alternative?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 15:05

22. TheGenius (Posts: 326; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Grab an apk somewhere.!

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:18

23. Harshc510 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


I did. But its service not available in india too, so is there any alternative?

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