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How to reduce data usage on Android / iOS / Windows Phone

If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, staying within your limits can be a bit of a pain for some. Here are some general rules on how to reduce data usage on Android / iOS / Windows Phone.

First and foremost, you have to be careful NOT to go over your data plan, to avoid additional fees. It’s really easy to avoid this. All you have to do is set a Warning and a limit threshold. Most Android version have this feature built-in, but some don’t. There are plenty of apps for this in the store for Android, Windows Phone and iOS. Now, it really depends what do you do most when you’re not connected to a WiFi network. If you depend on navigation, download offline maps. It is easy to do on any platform, just check the settings. It’s wort to mention that some  features may not work in offline mode.

If you browse the web a lot on mobile data, you might want to consider activating (on Google Chrome) data saver, which actually does work. If you are using Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 or Microsoft Edge on Windows Phone 10, there is a similar feature that does the same thing. Look it up. Another thing to look out for is mobile-optimized sites. These sites (like this one is) are optimized for mobile devices, and usually use less data.
A thing NOT to do regarding web browsing on mobile data is deleting cache memory of your browser. Yes, it does temporarily increase your free memory, but cache memory can be very useful when on mobile data.

Furthermore, you can restrict background networking. This basically tells your whole system to restrict data usage in the background, and disables syncing.
Disable automatic app updates. Or, select to update apps ONLY on WiFi.

While on mobile data, avoid stuff like online videos. You also want to avoid sending, and receiving, photos online, like through Facebook messenger.

Also, if you can, use a firewall. You can completely block apps that use a lot of your mobile data, like Facebook. Depending on which OS you use, you can either block the apps using the built-in firewall, or download one. There are plenty of those in the store.

If you listen to a lot of music on your phone, it might not be a bad idea to download the songs and listen to them offline. This can result in big saving. Or you can reduce the bit-rate, which helps a lot!
If you’re out and about, use WiFi hotspots / public WiFis. There is a risk to this, since anyone can monitor your traffic, but using a VPN can help. That, or just be careful, and don’t input sensitive data, like passwords, credit card info etc.
Get rid of ads. Best way to do so is, if possible, buy the ad-free version of the app you use the most. Ads can, over time, pile up a lot of data usage.

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