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Data plans are relatively expensive and most smartphone users live in fear of getting their data connection slowed down, cut off or even exceed the available data plan.

There are also a bunch of people who claim that having smartphones is quite expensive since most of the applications or lucrative smartphone supported-features require internet connection. Lack of widespread reliable wireless internet connection has also made many people shy away from using smartphones regularly except in free Wi-Fi hotspot zones. There are, however, a number of ways that are helpful in the reduction (almost up to half) of mobile data consumption on your Android smartphone.

Use Chrome for Android while browsing the internet

According to credible and reliable sources, using Chrome has been noted to save up to 35 % of mobile data usage. Apart from simply using this browser, you can still further optimize it to save more on your mobile data consumption. On the Chrome app at the top left side of the screen, tap on the three-dots then scroll to “Settings>Data Saver”. Switch on this option to compress web pages before they load on your phone (this saves data), protect your phone from internet malwares and also restrict other unnecessary carrier data –incurring services.

Opera for Android is good for video downloads

The Opera for Android is ideal for video downloads as it has a tool embedded in it that allows for video compression. This tool not only saves data but also enhances faster loading of videos. Once you have this amazing browser installed and launched, go to “Settings>Data savings” and then check the “Video compression” option.

Uninstall the Facebook app

If you have the Facebook app installed on your phone, it is recommended that you remove it since it has been discovered to be a data glutton. Various experts have discovered that the Facebook app eats so much data and it slows down the performance speed of your phone as well as draining the battery charge at a fast rate. With the two above mentioned apps, you can still access Facebook without any worries of excessive data consumption and low battery charge.

Further, you can still create a homescreen shortcut of your Facebook account in Chrome by launching FB on the browser, opening the overflow menu and selecting “Add to Home Screen”.

Inhibit background data consumption

There are some programs that might be running in the background on your Android device such as feeds updates, email synchronization, weather updates and many other data consuming apps without your knowledge. The user can restrict such activities by going to “Settings>Data usage >Restrict Background Data”. You can also opt to inhibit individual apps from running by going to “Settings>Apps” and then click on that particular app and check and mark the desired options.

Eliminate irrelevant/high data-consuming apps

There are a number of apps on your phone that are unused and serve no purpose on your phone. There are also others that consume high mobile data quantities. With Android, you can identify the data consumption rates of both background and foreground apps. Go to “Settings>Data usage” to get a glimpse of the most data-consuming apps. By this, you can make a good decision to uninstall the notorious data-draining apps.

Take advantage of offline applications

The notion that all Android apps use internet connection is a big lie. There are a number of apps that are downloaded once and used without any internet connection. It is advisable that you take advantage of such apps so as to save on your frequent mobile data consumption in accessing online-based applications. There are also steps that are being taken by some developers to allow access of online-apps during off-net periods. For instance, you can now access and use Google Maps while offline.

With these tips in place, check your data consumption graph and be rest assured to have saved a lot more in your mobile data consumption.