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How to save mobile traffic on Android phone

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Disabling background apps that use internet data

Background mode on Android phones allows apps to transmit data without user interaction, or when the phone will be in sleep mode. Some apps require a background mode, without a constant connection to the servers, they don't work properly. In particular, messengers allow the user to retrieve messages and update the feed by means of a background connection. Widgets showing weather, balance status, etc. also use background traffic. To save traffic, it is better to deactivate the background connection. You can do this through the settings:

  1. Open the settings menu via the icon on the desktop or the notification panel.
  2. Go to the "Network and Internet" menu and select "Data transfer".
  3. Find the line "Warnings and limit".
  4. If your phone uses two SIM cards, limits are set for each SIM card separately.

Once the limit is reached, data transmission will automatically stop, including in the background mode for all apps. To disable background data transfer for a particular app, you need to select "apps and notifications" in the settings. Then select a specific app from the list. Among the available actions you need to select the item "Data transfer" and then move the switch in the "Background mode" to the position "Inactive".

Enable traffic saving mode

Android phones have a special economy mode, in which the traffic is consumed to a minimum. With its activation, the background traffic is turned off, and most apps connect to the servers only in the presence of an Internet connection via Wi-Fi.

To activate the mode you need:

  1. Go to the "Network and Internet" section in the settings.
  2. Select the item "Traffic saving".
  3. Set the switch to the active position.

If the traffic saving mode is activated, the corresponding icon will be displayed in the status bar of your phone.

Use offline maps

Another traffic expense is the constant transfer of data about the user's location in the maps on the phone. The problem is solved by installing apps that do not require a constant connection to the Internet. There are two kinds of programs - some of them use preloaded in the memory of the device maps, while others determine the position not through the Internet, but through a connection to the GPS satellites.

The most popular apps that work offline:

  • Google Maps. An up-to-date app with navigation support. When connected to satellites, the app automatically updates the route, taking into account the current situation on the road. This allows you to get from the starting point to the end point faster. The program also displays the routes of public transport, shows the location of nearby cafes, restaurants, pharmacies, gas stations on the map, etc. If you are connected to the Internet, the street view function is available.
  • Maps.Me. Fast and fully autonomous maps with turn-by-turn navigation. Maps does not require a mobile Internet connection to determine the user's current location. Interaction with the maps is done by pre-loading the data of the region where the user is located.
  • OSMand. The app collected detailed maps from all over the world for easy navigation without connecting to mobile traffic. It takes into account the user's preference for the type of road to travel, as well as the data of the transport used for the trip.
  • HERE Maps. A free navigation app that allows you to build routes in your country and abroad. The interface is as simple as possible, no Internet connection is required to determine the location of the user.
  • Locus Map Free. An app for walking and cycling. You can create your own routes and share them with other users of the app. Navigation is done by connecting to satellites.

Almost all programs are distributed on a free basis with access to all functionality.

Enable traffic limitation

The set limit will not allow you to spend more mobile traffic than necessary. To set limits, it is required:

  1. Open the settings on your phone, go to "Network and Internet" and then "Internet".
  2. Select a mobile operator for which you want to set a limit. To go to settings, click on the gear picture.
  3. In the item "Warnings and limit" sets the volume of allowed traffic in GB or MB. The units of measurement are changed by moving the switch.
  4. Save the settings before exiting.

There are two scenarios in case of exceeding the schedule. In the first case, the mobile Internet is disconnected, in the second, the user is shown a notification with the information that the allowable volume has already been consumed.

Use data compression in Chrome

Data compression reduces the amount of traffic when loading pages through the browser.

You can activate compression mode through the "Settings" menu in the mobile browser app. When enabled, it may increase the time it takes for pages to load. This is due to the fact that all traffic is initially redirected to Google servers.

In the browser you can also see how much traffic was saved with the help of compression. The information is displayed in the settings under "Simplified mode".

How to know the consumption of a particular app

To check how much mobile data is consumed by a particular app, you need to perform the following actions:

  1. Go to "Settings" on your phone.
  2. Select "Network and Internet" and then "Internet".
  3. Select a mobile operator, for which you want to know the traffic consumption, and click on the gear icon to go to the settings.

The menu shows the total amount of spent traffic. To check the traffic in specific programs, it is required to select the item "app traffic".

Use wifi instead of mobile internet

To switch between Wi-Fi and mobile Internet, it is required:

  • Slide the curtain at the top, where there is quick access to some phone functions;
  • Select the Wi-Fi icon and click on it.

There will be an automatic connection to the wireless network, if the data from it has already been entered before. Otherwise, you will need to select the network name and enter the password to connect. The same way the mobile network is switched to the mobile network. If you leave both icons on, your phone will automatically switch from mobile to wireless traffic if there is available Wi-Fi nearby.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.