We all know that sinking feeling when your mobile data has already reached its last 100 MB and you still have another two weeks to go till your bill cycle renews. With our dependence on apps for all things right from booking a cab, to updating the e-wallet, we end up using a lot of data unconsciously. For times like these, everyone could use a few hacks to reduce mobile data usage and take better control of our smartphone.

Track mobile data usage

Android offers you a feature that lets you track your data usage in a given period of time. You can set your bill cycle’s start and end date and then watch over how much data is being used. You can also set a limit on your usage to ensure you don’t go overboard.

Enable data saver mode on Chrome

The Chrome browser on your phone has a ‘data saver’ mode that compresses web data efficiently. Go to ‘settings’ and scroll down to find this option and activate it.

Doze mode

If you use Android Marshmallow or anything above it, you get access to Android’s Doze Mode. This feature puts installed apps to sleep after a certain period of time or when the screen is off. This not only keeps the apps from using up data in the background but also saves you some battery life. Also Read: Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery Life with These Quick Hacks

Auto-update your apps only on Wi-Fi

If you’ve not changed this setting, your phone will end up updating apps as soon as the updates are available, which will unknowingly take up a lot of your mobile data. Change this setting to auto-update apps only when on Wi-Fi.

Restrict background data

Many apps that run in the background tend to use up data in some way or the other. The first thing you need to do to tackle this is to check what apps are the culprits here. Go to ‘settings’ and look for ‘data usage’. Scroll down to see what apps are consuming your mobile data. And if you think a certain app is unnecessarily doing so, click on it and enable ‘restrict mobile data access’.

Prep Maps for offline use

Using Maps while travelling can take up a lot of mobile data. A smarter way to approach this is to download the map over WiFi and make it accessible for offline usage. Cover Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com