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Tired Of Spending So Much On Data? – Best Ways To Reduce Data Consumption On Android


Last week , I conducted a survey on our Facebook Page to find out how much android users spend on data bundle per month. The result of this survey was not suprising. On average , the lowest amount spent data bundle was #1.500 , The Highest amount spent was #10,000 and the most frequent amount spent by different users was #3,000 per month.

Obviously this isnt a fair amount , considering the fact that blackberry users spends just #1,500 per month and with the increasing number of android users , more money is definately going to be spent on data bundle. I’ve done my research and am going to share with you steps on how to reduce data consumption on your android device. I’ve tried them out and they’ve helped reduce my data consumption to some reasonable extent.

First ask yourself this question , Why Does Android Consume Much Data Than Any Other Device?

this is obviously because android has more Data Hungry Apps than ios or windows phone. Android apps are designed to consume more data. We all love apps and games , so we tend to download as much apps and games as possible. Doing so will consume high data because those apps usually comes with high memory and required constant internet connection to run them.

So? , What Are The Best Ways To Reduce Data Consumption On Android?

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•Tame Your Apps : Do A Proper Cleanup of all your applications. Try to find out the apps that consume much data and do away with them(if possible) . Also delete those apps and games that you dont frequently use. Doing this will go a long way in saving your data.

•Minimize Browser Data Usage : If Web browsing is the data-hogging culprit, it’s no surprise. Some Web sites have yet to be optimized for mobile, while others eat into data with bulky advertisements.

The simple answer to these woes is data compression. With it, a Web page is first compressed in the cloud before being sent to your phone, significantly reducing the download size.

There are some drawbacks, however. First, even though your data is encrypted and anonymized, the browser must still process your activity while it compresses it. Not everyone is comfortable with that.

Secondly, sometimes compression means sacrificing quality, leaving you with slightly altered Web pages.

Even so, the option can be worthwhile for anyone on a tiered plan (or times when you’re on a slow connection). Opera, a much-loved browser, is one such app that offers compression. Just head to the Settings menu to enable it. After some use, Opera will tell you just how much data you saved.

Alternatively, Chrome Beta includes a handy new data compression feature, but you’ll have to enable it. To do so, head to Settings > Bandwidth Management > Reduce data usage. Going forward, you can revisit that settings window to see how much data you’re saving.

•Download Files From Wi-Fi Only : downloading files from the internet is also a data consuming act. We all love songs and videos but downloading them will consume a lot of data. It is adviseable to download your files only when you’re on a wi-fi connection. If you dont have access to a wifi connection , try to find someone in your locality with wi-fi connection , plead with him to connect it with your device . Or better still , both of you could share the connection cost every month.

•Restrict Background Data : Even apps that don’t allow you to fine-tune data settings could still be loading background data. In Ice Cream Sandwich and later versions of Android, one way to find out which ones are guilty is to go to Settings > Data Usage, and scroll down to reveal a list of apps with accompanying data usage stats.

Then, tap an app to view its usage data, and take a look at the two numbers next to the pie chart. “Foreground” refers to the data used when you’re actively using the app, while “Background” reflects the data used when the app is running in the background.

If you notice an app is using too much background data, scroll down to the bottom and check “Restrict background data.” Just note that this setting overrides any conflicting app behavior (like an app that would otherwise update your bank account info every few hours).
We’re currently writing a petition to Nigerian Telecommunications company to create a special plan for android users. Once we finalise it we will publish it and promote it for everyone to see.

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  1. I just discovered an app that helps compress data,it is called Onavo Extend. But it only work for Android 4.0 upward. Available on the Googe lPlay store

  2. Not really an Android user but this post certainly will be helpful when i get one very soon… :D

  3. No one likes to enrich this service providers all the time i guess, paying monthly for a service that is so poor

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