Many people live with limited data connections. It’s not always easy to deal with. Mobile devices use data all of the time. It’s basically in their nature. However, there are plenty of ways to curb data usage in order to save money. The easiest way uses the data management tools in your settings menu. You can do things like turn off Sync, check your data usage, and more. There are also more ways to manage your data with various types of apps. Let’s take a look at the best data saver apps for Android!
Datally, Google’s data saver app, was featured on this list. However, Google is taking the service down.
Price: Free (with ads)
DataEye is a reasonably decent data saver app for Android. It’s a really basic solution without a ton of options. That’s both good and not so good. The app shows your data usage in almost real-time, including how each app uses your data. In addition, you can turn data off for apps that you don’t use frequently or don’t want syncing in the background all the time. There is also an offers tab with some ads, but it’s easy enough to ignore if you don’t care about that stuff. It’s super simple and it usually works just fine. Google Play reviewers basically either love it or hate it, so give it a try and see for yourself.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
GlassWire is another data monitor app and one of the best ones on mobile. It also works well as a security app. The app monitors your data usage on a per-app basis. It also blocks apps from network access if they get too frisky with your data. The UI is super clean and useful. Really, there isn’t anything overly wrong with this one. It does the job quite well and helps you identify data heavy apps that may need blocked or uninstalled. There is a premium version with more features if you want them, but the free version should work fine for most folks.
Data saving browsers
Web browsing is still one of the most common ways to access the Internet. Many browsers have data-saving features available. Some examples include Google Chrome, UC Browser Mini, Opera Mini, and Phoenix Browser. They compress data, lower the resolution of images, and sometimes omit parts of the website altogether. The result is lower data usage. Some of the apps require you to tick a setting in order to activate data saver mode, but all of the aforementioned browsers have one. You can go with any of them. It’s a small thing, but people load a lot of web pages. Every little bit helps.
Any Lite or Android Go apps
Android Go is a boon for data savers around the globe. It spurned a bunch of Lite and Go apps that are smaller, lighter, and use less data. Some popular options include Facebook Lite, Spotify Lite (in some regions), Facebook Messenger Lite, Gmail Go, YouTube Go (in some regions), and UC Browser Mini. These apps not only run quickly and lightly, but also generally use less data than the full-size counterparts. You can download them all for free. However, some, like Spotify Lite, still have their usual subscription prices.
Your settings menu
Android has native data saving features you can easily take advantage of. The settings menu has a function to see how much data you’ve used over a certain period of time. You can also set warnings to match your data cap without a third party app required. Finally, almost all Android phones have a data saver mode. It generally restricts background data use, disables sync for a lot of apps, and other such things. They should all be available somewhere in your settings menu depending on the device.
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