According to the research and development unit of Yudala, a composite e-commerce outfit, here are six tips on how to reduce data consumption by your device:
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(1) Use Wi-Fi whenever possible and for sharing large files:
Your smartphone or other mobile devices have Wi-Fi capability. You can use this to reduce your data consumption in your home, office or other locations by connecting to available wireless network(s). You can also tweak your settings for automatic connection to a secure Wi-Fi network when you arrive at home or the office. Once connected, your phone’s cellular data can be turned off and conserved.
(2) Set up a data usage limit/alerts:
Most Android smartphones come equipped with an in-built data monitor. This functionality, which can be accessed in your phone’s settings tab, can help you keep an eye on your data consumption. The beauty of this feature is that through it, you can see how much data each of the apps on your smartphone is consuming, thus identifying the ones you need to keep a strict eye on.
(3) Stick to the mobile versions of websites:
While using your smartphone data for browsing, you can save a lot of megabytes if you avoid using websites’ apps for platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, that favorite sport site or gossip blog by using the mobile site instead. To do this, simply access the mobile version of a website by typing www.m. before the site name when launching the browser. Furthermore, some websites often ask to re-direct the user to their desktop versions. To avoid burning through your data, simply decline and stick to the mobile version.
(4) Manage or disable push notifications:
Push notifications refer to data automatically sent to your phone without user interaction. For those who are constantly active on multiple social networks, this may dramatically affect data consumption as the various notifications from your social media channels like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc., pour in. While some of these notifications, such as work-related e-mails, can be necessary, others may not be so crucial.
(5) 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. Google’s Chrome browser, for example, has a feature that can help reduce your data consumption significantly. According to Google, this option can save you about 50 per cent in data by routing your entire web browsing through Google’s servers, which takes the data, compresses it, optimizes it for the smaller screen and sends it back to your device. This option can be activated in the ‘Settings’ tab and can help prevent you from running out of data all the time.
(6) Apply caution when streaming:
Content streaming is responsible for much of data consumption. HD video streaming, for instance, can drain a sizeable amount of your device’s data within an hour. Same applies to audio/music streaming or spending time looking through some of the high quality images or GIF files seen on Instagram and other social media channels. In order to conserve your data usage, caution should be applied when it comes to content streaming.