One of the main concerns of all smartphone users is, along with the battery life, the data consumption. And although we are given a generous surfing data rate, the truth is that in practice we use it up much faster than we would like.
There are obviously no big mysteries here: you get a higher data rate or try to control your data consumption to make it to the end of the month with Internet on your mobile phone. Ok, right but… How to control data consumption? It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Keep in mind that today we use Internet in our mobile phone for almost everything from the very moment we wake up until we go to bed: whatstapp, email, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube… Indeed, chances are that at this rate, we reach our data limit in the twinkling of an eye.
Nevertheless, there are a number of tips that we want to tell you and that will help you to reduce your consumption and so, continue to surf the net smoothly, even in the last days of the billing period.
· Use Wi-Fi as much as you can
It happens to us many times that due to oversight or because we’re not used to doing it, we use all our mobile data instead of using Wi-Fi at a place where this type of connection is available. To avoid this and to benefit from the free Wi-Fi connection, the best thing we can do is to have always enabled the Detect and Connect automatically to a Wi-Fi network option. If you’re in a restaurant, bar, cafe, library, etc with free Wi-Fi connection, do not hesitate to ask for the password…. and surf freely without wasting any data! Remember that Wi-Fi is one of the best ways of saving data.
· Read posts and articles with TextOnly
If you are someone who likes reading articles and news on Twitter or Facebook, the TextOnly app is for you.
Keep in mind that many of these articles are not published on mobile friendly websites or include lots of images and other large files. With TextOnly you can display only the text document (excluding images, banners, etc). This way, you will be able to read the whole article reducing significantly data consumption.
· Use an image previewer
As mentioned previously, we often access links to image hosting services that host an image or photo (twitpic, yfrog, Imgur, flickr…) so we have to load the whole page (with its corresponding files) to display the image. If you use, however, a previewer, you will avoid the unnecessary data consumption since it will only show the image that you want to see in a pop-up window. Some of these previewers are Image Viewer Free or Movapic Previewer.
· Use an efficient browser
Perhaps you don’t know it but each time that you use a browser, your smartphone consumes data. But not all browsers consume the same! To avoid consuming data, the best thing to do is not to use the browser that is installed by default on our Android device and download another browser that reduces the amount of consumed data and is more efficient such as the Opera Mini instead.
What do you think of these tips? Do you know any others that we haven’t mentioned? We hope that these simple tips help you to reduce your data consumption so that you don’t reach the data limit in a very, very long time. 😉