Some applications spend more data than others, but there are also many applications that can use less data, as long as you activate it in your options. Today we will focus on several ways to reduce the use of mobile data on Android. For this, we will talk about both operating system functions and good habits when using Android and in settings in specific applications that can significantly reduce how much data you use in your day to day. Activate data saving The most obvious trick is to activate Android's data saving mode, from Settings \/ Data Saver or directly from quick settings, where some phones include them. This mode prevents some apps from using background data and makes those in the foreground access mobile data less frequently. In practice, it can be assumed that it will take you a little longer to receive a notification of some news on a social network, but usually it will not bother you much, while reducing the use of data especially in the "vampire" applications, They spend your data when you're not even using it. Uninstall unnecessary apps Although you can block access to the network of some apps with specialized applications such as Datally, in the end, if you want to make sure that an app does not use data the most effective and radical is to uninstall it. Although an application that you are not using at that time in principle should not use the Internet much, it is possible that from time to time "call home" to see if there is anything new. Although there is not much data, if you gather many apps at the end little by little a considerable amount is collected at the end of the month. If you are one of those who install applications by tens to have them there just in case, it is a bad technique for saving data and, incidentally, battery. If you use an app less than once a month, you still have a web version. Disable pre-installed apps you don't use The panorama is the same for preinstalled applications, with the nuance that in that case, you cannot uninstall them in most cases. Instead, you must settle for disabling or deactivating them, depending on what your Android layer calls it. Disabling system applications prevent them from starting, and if apps don't start, they can't use your data either. In addition, it has the added value that it will probably free you some RAM and battery, which always comes in handy. Update your apps only with Wi-Fi Although it is the default option, it is never wrong to check Google Play settings to make sure that applications will only be downloaded and updated when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Taking into account that apps are increasingly busy and some updates are a 100 MB download, it is a significant saving. To do so, open Google Play and go to its Settings. Tap on Update apps automatically and choose the first option, which never updates any app by itself, and the last one, which only does it with Wi-Fi. Try also to suppress the desire to download or update apps when you are using your data plan. Save data in each application More and more applications are including their own data saving mode or some kind of configuration that will help you reduce your phone bill. In many cases, these options are disabled by default, so you must enter the settings and activate it. WhatsApp can be a real data source if you are not careful and you are in many groups where many photos and videos are shared. The app has two options to help you save data in the Settings - Data and storage section. The first is the Automatic Download with mobile data, where it is best to uncheck all the boxes. If you want to see a photo, you can always tap on it to download it. On the other hand, in Call settings, you can check the box Decrease data usage to reduce the quality and, therefore, the data, which are used during a call. Save data on Netflix Saving data and watching Netflix on your mobile are two things that are hardly compatible, although the application gives you several options. The best thing is that you download the series\/movies that you are going to watch so as not to use just data because the content is in the memory of your mobile. Now, if you haven't had the option to download on time and still want to save data, you can go to Application settings, tap on Mobile data usage and choose to Save data. In return, you will have an image of worse quality, but hey, you can't have everything. Save data on YouTube As with Netflix, it's a bad idea to watch videos on YouTube if you don't have an unlimited data plan or with a lot of gigabytes. But, if you have to do it, at least go to the settings (by tapping on your profile picture), the General section and activate Limit mobile data. This should be enough, but if you want to make sure, you can always tap the options button when playing any video, and change the quality of the video. At lower quality, more pixelated image ... and less data. Save data on Spotify Although the free version of Spotify has recently lost some of its limitations, downloading playlists for offline listening is still a Premium feature. If you are one of them, it is the best way to save data on Spotify. If you have a free Spotify account, you have two options that you can use to save data. First, above all, you will find the Data Saving mode, which changes the quality of the music to low. A little further down you can adjust your music quality by yourself. Save data on Instagram Spending downtime on Instagram without having Wi-Fi can take a toll, literally. They are many photos and, what is worse, the odd video. If you do not want to use a lot of data, it is best to limit the use of Instagram when you are out of Wi-Fi. The application gives you a little help from your settings. Within Mobile data usage, you can activate the Useless data option. Interestingly, that will not prevent videos from playing automatically, and there is no option to avoid it. Save data on Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger automatically downloads all the videos and images sent to you, whether or not you have a Wi-Fi connection at that time. Luckily, there is a way to change it so as not to waste data. To change it, tap your profile picture to open the options menu and then go to Data Saver. There you can activate and deactivate it at your leisure. With this mode activated, you need to tap on each image or video to download. Save data on Twitter Unlike other apps, which have a "data saving mode" and already, Twitter includes several options in this regard, all of them in the Data usage section of your options. Here you can disable high-quality video and automatic video playback when you're out of Wi-Fi. A little further down you will find Synchronization Interval, with which you can control how often Twitter synchronizes data in the background. The greater the interval, the less data usage. You can also disable it completely. Save data on Google Maps If you want to prevent Google Maps from wasting your data, you can activate Wi-Fi Only mode from the side panel. With this mode activated, Google Maps works in a kind of basic mode without connection, where no data is downloaded from the Internet unless you connect to Wi-Fi. Another thing you can do is use the Maps offline. These maps are read from your mobile storage, so you will save downloading them from the Internet when you are using your mobile data. Save data in Google Photos Google Photos makes a backup of all the photos and videos you take with your mobile, which can be considerable use of the network. Although you will have been asked the first time you activated it, it never hurts to go to the options and make sure that the copy is only carried out with Wi-Fi. To do this, go to the Settings, enter Backup and synchronization and deactivate Photos and Videos from the Use mobile data for backups section. They will continue to sync, but once you connect to a Wi-Fi network. Save data on Google Wallpapers Google Wallpaper is an application so extremely minimalist that it has no options. However, you have only one option when choosing to have the wallpaper change daily: if you want the wallpaper to be downloaded only via Wi-Fi. It is enabled by default, so it is most likely that you already have it. If you are not sure, choose a daily wallpaper again to change it. Although it does not take up much of a wallpaper to ruin you, remember that at the end of the month there will be about thirty downloads. Save data in Google Chrome Browsing the Internet is one of the tasks that require the most data usage. Google Chrome includes a Data Saving mode in its settings, with which you can scratch a few data here and there, without noticing much difference. The data-saving model uses Google's servers to compress the pages before you download them, although it does not affect HTTPS connections or incognito mode, so you will not notice a difference on pages such as Facebook or the like, which use secure connections. Save data on Google Play Music As in the rest of audio or video streaming applications, if you want to save data it is best that you use them without a network connection, listening only to the downloaded items. You can easily do it by activating Only downloaded from the side panel. Another option you can use is in the settings and is called Quality in a mobile network. There you can change to the low or medium quality, which uses less data although in return they sound worse. Use offline translation The Google translator has been offering you offline translation for some time, which does not need to send or send any data, and now they are even better thanks to the use of neural networks to offer less robotic results. Although translations do not really use a lot of data because you only need to send and receive small texts, it is an option to consider for those who do not have a single MB to waste.