Are you anxiously looking at the rest of your mobile plan data, like the rest of your bank account, as you approach the end of the month? You are not alone. We searched and found which applications consume the lion’s share of your valuable data, and what you can do about it; besides, of course, not using them when you do not have access to Wi-Fi.
The standard application —that you open where you wait in line, sit in public transportation, have 5 minutes to kill— makes most people consume more data. To narrow it down a bit, open the application, click the three lines on the top right, then click on “Data Saver”, and put “on”. What it does is reduce the size of the photos (you will not understand where you scroll) and disable “autoplay” in the videos, which eat most of your data.
Another common suspect of data consumption, not only because you open it ten times a day to “fool around for two minutes” but also because it stubbornly refuses to stop playing videos automatically. What you do: Go to your profile, click the tabs on the top right and then down on “Settings”, select “Account” and then “Cellular Data Usage”. You click here on “Data Saver”, and (alleluia) the videos stop playing by themselves! You can also choose, just below the “Data Saver”, if you will see the photos in high resolution only when you are connected to Wi-Fi, or never.
Obviously, an application that does nothing but play video is guilty of consuming large amounts of data. If you are what we call a “YouTube addict” and you can not resist even when you are out, what you can do is turn off “high definition” in videos when you are not connected to Wi-Fi. Click on your “profile” on the top right, then “Settings“, then “General”, and click on “Limit mobile data usage”. Once you’re here, before you leave, go back to “Settings”, press “Autoplay” and turn off this feature, which never worked for anyone, as soon as one video ends playing the next.
Great data consumer, for everyone who walks or drives listening to music. What can you do; Two things: Make lists of your favorite songs and download them to have them available “offline”. Remember to put it from “Settings” (top right on the first page) in “offline mode” every time you leave the house, so that it only plays the music you have downloaded. If you do not have room for downloads on your mobile, another option is to enable “Data Saver” (first first in “Settings”), which reduces the quality of your music to “low and turns off the graphics that play in some artists.
Obviously, to make a video call without being connected to Wi-Fi, you will need megabytes; and quite a few. If you can not avoid it, remember that the better the quality of your video call, the more data you consume. The best choice for economy here is “WhatsApp” (which also applies to voice-only calls, without video) and for the best value for money is “Messenger”. The best, most crystalline image is on “Signal”, which will cost you about twice the megabytes compared to “Messenger”; for a half hour video call, “Messenger” will eat about 200 Mbyte, the ” Signal” around 350, “WhatsApp” around 150.
Look at this trick too…
On “Android” devices, open “Settings”, type in the search: “Data Usage”, select “this month” or “last month” and you will see how many Mbyte consumed in one month by each application separately. By clicking on each one, you have the ability to “cut” its “mobile data”, and make it work only when your mobile phone has access to Wi-Fi.
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