How to reduce data usage on Android

How to reduce mobile data usage

Data usage can be reduced a couple of ways

To determine your data usage, the first thing you’ll want to check is to see what apps are using the most data.  Apps can use data in the foreground and in the background.  The background usage is unseen and, usually, unknown to the phone user.  Apps like Facebook, for example, uses a lot of data in the background.  

Background data usage happens when you are not actively using the app, but the app is still running in the background.  Facebook does a lot of internet calls checking for notifications of all sorts – and it is checking often.  Other apps, such as email apps do the same thing.  They are always accessing the internet checking for new emails or other types of notifications. All chat apps also use a lot of background data.

How can you see usage for apps?

On your Android phone or tablet, do the following:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down and touch on Connections

Android Connections Menu

  • Scroll down on the Connections menu and touch Data usage

Reduce mobile data usage on Android

  • Touch on Mobile data usage

Reduce mobile data usage on Android

  • Scroll down and you’ll see the usage for the various apps, touch on one of the apps and you’ll see the amount of  Total data usage, Foreground and Background data usage.

Reduce mobile data usage on Android Reduce mobile data usage on Android Application Data Usage

You may see an app with a high usage that you are not familiar with, or don’t care about continuing to use it.  This would be a good app to uninstall from your phone or tablet.

How to reduce data usage?

First off, there are a couple of setting on the pages you just were looking at that can be changed to reduce usage.

  • On the last page, Application data usage, there is a switch where you can Allow or Not Allow background usage, you can turn this on or off depending on the app.

Reduce mobile data usage on Android Application Data Usage

  • On the Data usage page, you see a heading Data Saver, touch on it and turn it on.

Reduce mobile data usage on Android

  • Touch on Allowed to use data while Data Saver is on, You will see a list of all your installed apps.  You can specify which apps are allowed to use data while the Data Saver is on.

Second, if you are using Google Chrome for a browser, there is a setting in Chrome that will reduce data usage.

  • Open Chrome
  • Touch on the 3 dots in the upper right corner and touch on Settings

Android Chrome Settings menu

  • Scroll down and touch on Lite mode

Chrome Lite Mode to reduce data usage

  • Slide the selector to the On position to turn Lite mode on.  This will add a compression process that will reduce the size of the internet calls.

Android Data Usage Example

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