Data-Saving Settings on Popular Apps You Should Apply

We love data, don’t we? The invisible glue that connects us to the internet while draining the life out of our wallets as well. Love or hate it, data has become as important as the food we eat. That is why we must learn to manage it efficiently. Many apps we use on our devices contain data-saving settings to help you manage data. The problem is, we just don’t know where to look.

In a previous article, we covered smart ways to save big on mobile data; in this article, we have detailed out data-saving settings on popular apps that you should apply right away if you are looking to browse more data efficiently:

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Facebook

Video autoplay consumes the most data on Facebook. You can turn-off autoplay by doing the following:

  1. Tap Menu (the three lines buttons) in the top right.
  2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts (for iPhones users, you would select Videos and Photos before you proceed)
  4. Tap Autoplay.
  5. Select Never Autoplay Videos.

You can control how fast Facebook pictures loads by adjusting how many photos you want to see. To do this:

  1. Tap Settings & Privacy at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Edit next to Data Usage.
  4. Choose Less or Normal or More
  5. Click Save.
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Instagram

By default, Instagram preloads videos so they start faster whenever possible. To use less data on Instagram:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the Menu button (the three-line icon)
  2. Tap Settings below the Menu page.
  3. Tap Account > Cellular Data Use.
  4. Next to Use Less Data (iPhone) or Data Saver (Android), toggle on.

WhatsApp

Videos sent to you on WhatsApp can download automatically even when you don’t want to play it? To disable video autoplay on WhatsApp:

  1. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.
  2. Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. (You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming)
  3. Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio, and Video.

For iPhone users:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, and tap on Data and Storage Usage.
  2. In this menu, you will see the Media Auto-Download option on the top.
  3. For Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents, select the Never option.

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter also has an autoplay feature embedded in the app. You can disable this by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Twitter profile icon
  2. Click on Settings and Privacy
  3. Select Data Usage
  4. Set video autoplay to Never
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YouTube

The video king app consumes a lot more data than most apps. To limit data usage on YouTube:

  1. Tap on your profile icon on the option right corner
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click on General
  4. Turn on Limit Mobile Data Usage

Google PlayStore

Apps auto-updates over mobile data are the main data drainer when it comes to PlayStore. You can choose to auto-update only over Wi-Fi or never auto-update. To disable mobile data auto-updates, do the following:

  1. Open PlayStore
  2. Click on Menu > Settings
  3. Click on Auto-update Apps
  4. Select Auto-update Apps over Wi-Fi Only (or you can choose Do Not Auto-Update Apps)

iPhone AppStore

Similar to PlayStore, apps on iPhone would auto-update by default unless you disable this feature or set it to Wi-Fi only. To do this:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone
  2. Click on iTunes and App Store
  3. Turn off the apps you do not want to update
  4. Turn off auto-update over mobile data below the menu

Manage your Sync Settings

While this is not an app, it is important to know that Google on Andriod and Apple on iPhone regularly sync with your phone data such as videos and pictures automatically. This is to provide backing and retrieval of data in case you lost your device, but it equally consumes a lot of data.

To manage your sync settings on Andriod:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on Account Option
  3. Click on the App whose sync settings you want to adjust
  4. Turn off sync on apps you don’t need synchronizing

For iPhone users:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Connect your device to a computer
  3. Select your connected device from the Top device button
  4. Go to Options in Summary Sections
  5. Disable Automatic sync when this iPhone is connected
  6. Close iTunes for change to take effect
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Conclusion

Hopefully, these details save you more data for efficient browsing. Don’t forget that these settings apply to all mobile networks: MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, and Glo. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection such as Smile, you might need to go through the Wi-Fi settings to see how to manage data or reach out to Smile support.

6 Ways to Save BIG on Your Mobile Data

You know that odd feeling you get when you’re two weeks into your one-month mobile data plan and your network provider sends you that heart-breaking message; “Dear Customer…”? Ahhh!

That thing dey pain eh! You start wondering how the data finished so fast, what you did with it and why it just can’t last for 30 days as provided by your network. I know how that feels, we’ve all been there.

In this age of increased internet activities, video streaming, social networking, pop-up ads, music streaming, and tons of data-hungry apps fighting for attention on our mobile phones, data has become a vital commodity and should be managed like scare goods. If not, you might find your data bills punching huge holes in your pocket every month.

So here are 6 overall ways you can save big on monthly mobile data. Be sure to see detailed data-saving settings on popular apps you should apply:

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1. Delete Data-hungry Apps you don’t Need

When you go through some people’s phones, you would start wondering whether they are selling apps. Most apps update themselves or run in the background using data. Others are notification-enabled and would send you notifications every now and then. Learn to keep only apps that you NEED. If you don’t use an app for months, what is it doing on your phone?

2. Monitor your data usage

Most smartphones are contain data usage monitor and settings so that you can monitor and limit the amount of data you use over a period of time. Been aware of the activities or applications that drain your mobile data is the first step to learning how to save mobile data. Once you know your enemy apps, easily set up data limits and alerts to tell when you exceed data limits in Settings menu.

3. Restrict Apps from running in background

You see all those apps you use daily but consumes data even when you are not using them, their medicine is to simply disable them from running in the background through Settings. However, these background feature allows apps to update themselves and complete tasks even when you move to another app. So be sure to know if you need an app to run in the background before you disable this feature. Stopping apps from running in the background helps reduce data consumption and also preserves your device’s battery life.

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4. Curtail online video streaming

Perhaps this one should have come first. We simply love those funny videos, highlights and other video content that consume most of your mobile data. Excessive streaming of videos, music, high quality images or GIF files, are data pits. You need to entertain yourself responsibly to save data. If you can’t avoid the entertainment your smartphone brings, you can set the image quality or resolutions at lower rates in your Settings menu.

5. Use Wi-Fi Only for Updates or Downloading Heavy Files

A big way to save mobile data is by setting your smartphone to auto-updates only when on Wi-Fi connection. We know we haven’t gotten to the stage of unlimited Wi-Fi connection in Nigeria yet, still there are certain locations you can count on for free Wi-Fi. This way, you get to save some significant volume of the data that goes into oblivion from auto-updates. Furthermore, you can set downloads of heavy contents such as videos, high-resolution images and music files on Wi-Fi Only too.

6. Caching and preload data

Caching enables you enjoy preloaded content at any time, without using further mobile data. A cache is a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation or the duplicate of data stored elsewhere. Certain apps allow you to store data temporarily so you can cache as much content as possible. You don’t need further data to access cached data while they are available.

Hopefully, this changes someone’s data story. You shouldn’t miss data-saving settings on popular apps you should apply now.

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