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The Facebook Messenger’s beta update is said to come with data-saving mode, where you get to save from phone data bills. Following the footsteps of other streaming services, Data Saver mode will stop you from running large bills when using the app.

What usually causes you to rack up expensive phone data bills when using Messenger, or other messaging service for that matter, are the large images or video files that are automatically downloaded to your device. The data saver mode will prevent auto-downloading, while giving you an option to manually download images and videos.

Screenshots posted online by the Android police showed that the data saver feature is included in the Settings Menu of the Messenger app. When enabled, videos and images are not automatically downloaded when the connection is on local mobile data. The new feature will also show users how much data they have saved, and then reset a built-in counter based on the monthly usage rate. Think of it as a stopwatch of sort, or an alarm clock.

There’s no news yet as to when the feature will be officially rolled out. What is available, however, is a beta version. If you want to get a feel of how Data Saver works, sign up as a beta tester.

  1. Visit Facebook Messenger beta download page
  2. Click on the button “Become A Tester”. This will open up to a page that will confirm that “You are now a tester”.
  3. Click on “Download the Messenger app on Google Play” to download the test version.
  4. Follow the installation instructions, and enjoy.
  5. If you want to leave the testing program, simply click on “Leave the program” on the testing page.

While waiting for the Data Saver to be available on Facebook Messenger, you should update to the version that comes with Instant Video on iOS and Android.