5 ways to restrict and monitor data usage on Android


Internet is something that we can’t live without. But people these days are stuck with limited data plans on their Smartphones. There is always a risk of running out of data when you most need it. Besides, no one wants to pay the hefty charges for data plans because of excessive usage. But what if we tell you that all this can be sorted by fine tuning some settings on your Smartphone. Let us take you through 5 ultimate ways to restrict and monitor data usage on Android so that you don’t have to worry again –

1. Turn on data compression on Google Chrome

Most of smartphone users are Google Chrome fans. So the good thing about this browser is that you can save up to 50% of your data by this smart setting. It might slow things down a bit but in the long run Chrome’s data compression will save you huge amount of data.

To enable this setting, open Chrome and click on the three dots menu button. Go to ‘Settings’ and then select ‘Data Saver’. Toggle the option to enable data savings on your phone which you can even track.

2. Restrict background data

It is the easiest way to save data on your smartphone. This option involves an easy setting on your Android smartphone which stops the automatic internet traffic going into the apps when you are not using them. These apps mostly include the weather updates, email sync and feeds updates.

To restrict background data, go to ‘Settings’ option in your phone. Look for ‘Data Usage’. Then there will be an option to ‘Restrict Background Data’. It will depend upon the Android version you are using. You can also restrict the background data for individual apps. Either way you will get the same results.

3. Disable auto updates of apps

The automatic updates for apps are responsible for draining huge amount of data. They take away huge chunks of data under your nose almost every month. Especially if you are using cellular data, you must know that the apps are taking away lots of GBs without your consent during the updating process.

The best way to fix this is to stop it from happening by stopping the automatic updates. You can do so by going to Google Play Store. Then tap on the hamburger option or three lines parallel to each other. Tap on ‘Settings’ option. Select the ‘Auto update apps’ button and now choose the option ‘Auto update apps only over Wi-Fi’.

4. Avoid streaming online

Online streaming is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to eating up all your data. If you choose to stream videos, pictures or music online, you must choose it responsibly. Avoid streaming high quality content if you want to keep your data usage in check. Instead, you can opt to store your favourite music or videos locally.

In case, you can’t do without streaming, an easy setting will reduce the data consumption. Say for instance, you are streaming content on YouTube, go to the ‘Settings’ and choose lower quality option.

5. Ditch Facebook

That goes without saying, Facebook drains away lots of data. So it is better to replace it with some less demanding app. You can choose alternate Facebook apps such as Facebook Lite which can save data consumption by almost 50 per cent.

Another way is to create a Chrome shortcut for Facebook web that can comparatively reduce data consumption. You can do so by opening ‘Facebook’ in Chrome, look for the Overflow menu and open it. Select ‘Add to Home Screen’ and you are sorted.

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