If you are on a mobile data plan with say a limit of 1GB/month or want to save on home Wi-Fi because of monthly quotas (ex: BSNL) then here are some tips guaranteed to save you data usage without taking the fun out. The tips here apply mostly to Android phones but iPhone users can also use most of them
Tip #1: Enable “Reduce Data Usage” on Google Chrome.
This will compress web pages you browse so it consumes less data. I experienced 25% savings last month.
Chrome browser > Settings (under the 3 vertical dots near address bar) > Reduce Data Usage
Tip #2: Restrict background data
Some apps like to keep pushing data to your phone to announce new features, product upgrades etc. Restricting this means you will get them when you are next on Wi-Fi
Settings > Data Usage > Restrict background data (under 3 vertical dots on right side of screen)
Note: I’ve noticed that a phone restart resets this setting back.
Tip #3: App Store: Update apps only on wifi
Tip #4: Use Google Maps without data
Whenever I have to drive someplace needing directions, I load it up on Google Maps on Wi-Fi at home. Then when I’m driving MAGIC of MAGIC: Google Maps will cache that route map so you don’t need mobile data even for “turn-by-turn” directions!
Tip #5: Stream songs and videos on low quality
If you listen to Gaana, Spotify, Youtube etc go to the settings page and change the streaming quality to low. 99% of the time you will not notice the difference in song quality.
Tip #6: Save news articles on Wi-Fi for reading offline
I have the “Pocket” app on my phone. Using the “Save to Pocket” Google Chrome extension, I save interesting articles to Pocket over Wi-Fi. In the background Pocket will sync it with the app on my phone.
So when I’m on the metro or waiting I don’t need data to read the articles plus the app neatly formats the article for readability on mobile phone.