Cellular data was once something we did take for granted, till carrier switched to the tiered plans. Furthermore, even the limited options throttles you after consuming some amount of GBs making your smartphone’s data a source that we have to hold on very dear. Have you ever tried making the best of your megabytes?

Below are some of top tips for minimizing the data consumption & making your internet last for a longer duration.

1. Turn Google Chrome Data Compression On

Many of us are Android users, hence, most of us using Android devices are likely to be Chrome users. Chrome has a great feature which can reduce the data usage significantly. According to Google, this option can save up to 50 percent data.

Data compression in Chrome routes all the web browsing via Google’s servers. Moreover, the search takes the data on the browser, compresses it and then optimizes it on a small screen and then send the data back to the handset.

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To save the data consumption, Open Chrome and click on the three dot menu buttons and click ‘Settings. Select ‘Data Saver’ and select the option at the top corner.

2. Restrict Background Data Consumption

Some application consume a lot of data, regardless whether the handset is in use. Background data allow users to keep almost everything monitored and updated while you’re off doing some other things. Not every application on your smartphone has to remain active throughout.

Go to the Settings then to ‘Data Usage’ and select an application you do want to restrict consumption of data. On the stats you’ll see 2 kinds of data: background and foreground. In case you come along an app using too much background data and you find it not necessary not to remain active, just toggle on the switch labelled ‘Restrict app background data.’

3. Update Applications Only Through WiFi

This is obvious for most of us. However, there are still many Android users still update their apps through cellular connections, In some cases this may be okay if you choose to update yourself; however, most your applications auto update without you consent consuming all your megabytes.

To avoid this, open the Play Store and click on hamburger menu button (3 horizontal lines which are parallel to each other). Hit on the Settings and click on ‘Auto update apps’ button. Then select ‘Auto update applications over WiFi only’.

4. Download & Install Opera Max

Google’s data compression feature works only the Chrome browser. What about the browser apps? They are too spending your data. Those who do want system wide compression can have it with the Opera Max which is a data management application that comes from Opera.

The app is pretty fantastic since it does the data compression for every single application in your handset. The user can save about 50 percent data on everything he/she does with their handsets

It is possible to micro-manage data consumption by blocking specific applications from accessing your cellular data through mobile excess. Opera Max homepage shows you a detailed description of the data you have been saved.

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