The current generation of smartphones, has truly revolutionized the way we work, communicate, and entertain ourselves. It has, delightfully, become our wireless, portable, and anytime accessible gateway to virtual world. Almost all of us rely on our smartphones to upload pictures, download content, share updates, shop for stuffs, make online payments, and open email files, rather than rush to our PC.
It’s a universal knowledge that using internet, either on desktop, laptop, or mobile phone, incur data usage. The more you access internet to browse, upload, and download information, the higher is the data consumption. At present, majority of mobile service providers are offering attractive prepaid and postpaid internet data plans, for both 2G and 3G platforms. These mobile internet packs come with capped data allowance with fixed validity period.
However, exceeding your allowed internet data limit can invite extra costs or temporary suspension of internet service. For Android users, we have provided below few easy and effective tips, to avoid unnecessary internet data consumption.
- Switching off Mobile data when not required– If you aren’t using internet, every second, then its practical to turn off this feature. Pull down Notification panel and tap on the Mobile data icon to enable or disable it.
- Configuring device settings– Enabling Data Usage feature lets your Android device to alert you if you are nearing your specified data limit and disconnect mobile data networks to stop you from exceeding data usage cap. Settings-> Connections-> Data usage-> enable Mobile data-> check Set mobile data limit
- Stopping automatic updating of mobile apps– Many pre-installed and downloaded applications use internet data connections to update themselves. By default, certain apps, continue updating themselves, automatically, without asking for your permission. You can check and disable the automatic update feature of such apps.
- Blocking mobile apps from running in the background– Majority of such apps not only use your data connection for sending notifications but also consume system resources.
- Connecting to free Wi-Fi networks– Nowadays there are many public places that provide free Wi-Fi connectivity, such as shopping malls, coffee shops, offices, and transportation centers. All data accessed, uploaded, and downloaded over Wi-Fi, never affect your 2G, 3G or 4G data plans. Considering the current exorbitant data roaming rates, it is economical to use Wi-Fi service.
- Purchasing and installing ad-free versions of apps from Google Play Store and third party sites.
- Using mobile applications in offline modes– Many Android apps have offline modes. However you can simply turn off data connections and Wi-Fi, if you intend to use them offline.
- Running Mobile Security apps– You can download various security apps developed by AVAST, AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, and other such vendors. These are available in both free and premium versions. They offer additional features like, Network Meter, Ad Detector, and App Management and Locking.
- Downloading and using alternative internet browser- Instead of using the plain Android Web browser, you can try Google Chrome and Opera for a better browsing experience. Android phone-compatible Opera Browser performs data compression and pauses all downloads, when there is no Wi-Fi connectivity.
Note:- Rooted android phones have advantage over their non-rooted counterparts when it comes to installing Ad blocking applications. Majority of mobile security apps provide firewall support only to rooted android devices.