How to activate Chrome's Data Saver feature on Android & iOS

How to activate Chrome's Data Saver feature on Android & iOS
Lurking in Chrome's Settings menu is the nifty Data Saver feature. It tells the browser to start putting all incoming traffic through compression, thereby letting you get away with less data downloaded to your device - with virtually no change from the regular browsing experience. This can shave a nice amount of data off your monthly traffic, letting you get additional megabytes (or gigabytes) to use. 

The feature is available on the Android and iOS versions of Chrome, and works just as advertised. If you feel like trying it out, head to the slideshow below, where we'll show you how to activate Data Saver on Android and iOS.

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15 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Opera got some competition!

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If only the app itself is not a resource hog, I'd give it a shot.

3. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

It barely saves me anything at all! It says original size: 1.59GB After compression: 1.58GB What gives?

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It can't do much for videos or photos. Those are already compressed.

10. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Photos are actually compressed, videos are not. If you're visiting content-rich webpages you'll actually save more because text can't be compressed (from what I experienced).

4. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

You need to save some data,then Opera is your friend..

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And someone said Opera has got some competition. Google should keep the POS browser to themselves. Firefox is getting better on PC and chrome, laggier.

7. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Fyi: These services will bypass DNS modifications and ad blockers.

8. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Opera saves way more data.

11. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Yet it destroys page layout because it disables JavaScript. I prefer Chrome's way of saving data.

9. Fernandezxc

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

just a tip, there's an extension for chrome to save data on pc also

12. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Cons I experienced : 1. You'll lose free web access provided by your carriers, because all traffic goes to Google first. 2. Some webpages might require you to input CAPTCHA, same reason as no. 1. Unless you have some free web access from your carriers, this Data Saver is beneficial.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Wonder how it stacks up to other browsers.

14. rubel3g

Posts: 2; Member since: May 10, 2015

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15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Interesting. Didn't know/care about this since I'm UDP, but my wife could benefit from this. Hopefully, it will compress things on daily mail and dlisted, since that is what she visits most often.

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