The internet has become a part of our life, and we carry it everywhere we go with our smartphones. Despite the great connectivity and value for money access, we get on our Home or Office Wi-Fi, we are still struggling every day to save data consumption, the heavy associated with it, and the enormous amount of battery life it consumes.
Many apps in your Smartphone automatically connect to its server without your knowledge and our data packs reaches limit super quick, even if you have stopped, “Auto Update” feature of Apps from Android Play Store Settings.
I travel a lot, and Internet is cost me whopping US$410/GB which leads me to find ways to save my internet cost. Following are some of the tips I personally use, that I believe will help you all.
How to Save Internet Data Cost & Battery Life
Lock Data Consumption
Install app NoRoot Firewall which blocks internet access to all those nasty apps, and only when u grant permission, it gets connected to internet individual level.
Using this simple app saves a significant amount of data consumption, and eventually help me save drastically on my Internet bill.
This app allows you to grant access selectively in WIFI and MOBILE DATA mode. For unlimited internet plan on your home or office WIFI no need to restrict data consumption, but you can restrict data on ‘Mobile Data’ mode if your plan is limited. And as the name suggest this firewall app does not need your Android to be rooted.
Turn on The Battery Saver Mode
I enjoyed this feature a lot on my Windows Phone, but apparently it wasn’t natively available on Android smartphones until now. All new Android devices from Android Lollipop comes with the battery saver mode.
Go to Battery Settings> Battery Saver > Turn on Battery Saver mode.
It drastically increases the smartphone’s battery life when you have less than 15% of battery life. But what I do during travel is, whenever I am just reading and browsing or keeping the device on standby. It ideally disables the Auto-Sync features for all apps, and if you want to check let’s say Whatsapp messages, you just simply open the app, and it will start syncing.
Funny thing about battery saver mode on my Oneplus X – I watched a whole 24 minuted episode streaming on Netflix India app, when my battery was 4%, and I finished watching it with Battery saver mode ON, And I still had 2% battery left. This shows how much auto syn feature hamper battery life on your smartphone.
Switch to Facebook Lite
If you are using Facebook app on your Android, its big culprit when it comes to data consumption. It automatically loads next 20-25 items on your newsfeed including images and live videos. It gets worst when you keep on scrolling.
In this situation, you can alternatively adopt the official Facebook Lite App. Its data consumption is minimal. Additional features are there to further reduce data consumption!!
Do this Every time you install the Whatsapp
Every time you install Whatsapp this simple change in settings will save you an incredible amount of data consumption in Whatsapp. If you keep the Whatsapp unlocked from the No Root Firewall, or not using battery saver mode, you must do these settings in general.
Go to Settings > Data Usage > Media Auto-Download.
Here deselect everything or keep the images ON, ‘When using mobile data‘. Do similar settings for ‘When Roaming‘. And you can keep everything ON or Checked ‘When connected on Wi-Fi.
You can also turn on Low Data usage for call settings, but expect your network call quality to drop.
2G vs 3G vs 4G – When to use what?
We are happy with our fast 3G or 4G connections, but the biggest advantage of using these are they work simultaneously even if you are on call, so we do not get disconnected from internet at all. On the other hand, we get slow internet on 2G, which in most cases like reading a Kindle Book or browsing or chatting on Whatsapp is good enough for the most time of the day. 2G saves at least 30% of your battery life compared to 3G and a little bit more compared to 4G.
So I suggest, if you are doing video streaming or app downloads/updates use 4g/3G, and for the rest of time, you can simply rely on good old 2G, that costs less and consumes less battery life.
So definitely, there is some tweaking involved, some of it is one time, some you have to work out on a regular basis, but I hHope you would find this tips useful in using your ‘Mobile Data’ more rationally and save big on your monthly internet expense.