10 tips to reduce mobile internet bill

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Are you worried about your mobile bill due to internet data? Because of this, your monthly budget has completely deteriorated? Most of the smartphone users face this type of problem. To get rid of this, you have to use some remedies. And you will be able to save money also. We have used these tips and can assure you that they work. The interesting thing is that by doing this you will not only be able to save money on 3G or 4G mobile data, but you will also get the bonus of battery savings.

1) Update apps only on Wi-Fi
Updating apps on cellular data makes the webpage slow. Apart from this, due to continuous use of mobile data, the phone starts heating up and this also affects the battery. It is very easy to avoid this on iOS and Android. Updating apps over Wi-Fi will definitely reduce your mobile internet bill. First of all, check whether this setting is activated in your handset or not.

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On Android, open the Play Store app, then tap Menu. After this tap on Settings. Inside the “General” section, tap Auto-update apps. In this you select Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.

In iOS, tap Settings. After this go to iTunes and App Store. Then scroll down and turn off the Use Mobile Data option. After this your device will go into automatic update mode only on Wi-Fi.

2) Turn off Wi-Fi Assist feature
iOS 9 comes with Wi-Fi Assist feature. And it is already activated. Even by disabling it, you will be able to save cellular data. In fact, in case of weak Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi Assist automatically sends the device to cellular mode. To disable this feature, you have to go to Cellular option after Settings and tap on Wi-Fi Assist.

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3) Keep data compression feature active while browsing
Chrome’s Data Saver feature is available on almost every computing platform. This feature helps Google’s servers reduce data usage, especially by reducing data usage at the download end while browsing a website. Saving on internet data largely depends on the type of content you are accessing. Google claims that with the help of this feature, users can save 50 percent data. To do this you have to go to Settings and tap on Data Server.

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Opera and Opera Mini are also equipped with data compression feature. In Opera, you can activate image quality and video compression by going to the Settings tab. UC Browser also introduced the data compression feature this year itself. For more information about these features, visit the websites of Opera, Chrome and UC Browser.

4) Use Opera Max
With the help of the previous tip, you will be able to save internet data while browsing, but what about popular apps? Opera’s data management app for Android compresses videos, photos, and media files over mobile and Wi-Fi networks. A claim of 50 percent bandwidth saving has been made. This app also gives the user the option of app management. With its help, users can control Wi-Fi and cellular bandwidth of apps running in the background.

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5) Disable auto-download media feature for WhatsApp
If the auto-download feature is active in your WhatsApp, then it will definitely affect the data usage pattern. The good thing is that you can make changes by going to the settings. You can choose between auto-downloading photos over a cellular network or downloading audio or video files over Wi-Fi.

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To do this, first launch the app. After this go to Menu > Settings > Chats and calls > Media auto-download. Here you can decide for which tasks mobile data should be used. After selecting the option, tap OK to save the settings.

6) Manual option for mail sync
If your phone is becoming weak due to receiving emails containing large files, then you can go to the Gmail app and turn off the sync. On the Gmail app, go to Settings after the menu and turn off sync. Here you can also decide for how many days the files should be synced with your smartphone.

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7) Opt for cellular data usage depending on the app
In iOS, you can turn off push notifications by going to Settings. For this you have to go to Settings > Notification. Cellular data can also be turned off for a specific app. For this, after settings, you have to go to mobile data option.

On Android, you can disable background data by tapping Settings > Mobile Data. After this, you can restrict the use of background data by tapping on each app. Doing this will ensure that no app uses data unless you are actively using it.

8) If you don’t have Android M, use Greenify.
The latest Android Marshmallow operating system comes with ‘App Standby’ feature. This prevents apps that are infrequently used from using network data. With this, you do not get push notifications from these apps and battery is also saved. This setting is already active in Android M devices. If you have older Android OS on your device then you can install Greenify app. With its help, you can send selected apps to sleep mode.

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9) Turn off auto-play on Facebook and Twitter
If you are an active user of social media websites, then switch off the auto-play option for videos on these platforms. By doing this you will save internet data in every situation. We recently shared with you how to do this on Facebook.

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On Twitter you go to Settings. Then go to General > Video Autoplay option and select Never play video automatically option. On iOS, this option is available in the Settings menu. Under Video autoplay options, tap on Never play videos automatically option.

10) Google Maps can be used offline also
Now you can save a map of 120,000 square kilometer area on Google Maps app. Along with this, navigation function is also available. This feature has also been made available on iOS and Android and has been rolled out this month itself. Currently, it is not available in India. But in the coming days, with the help of this feature, users will be able to save battery along with internet data.

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Other
Ad blockers, RSS feed readers, Facebook’s Instant Articles and apps like Pocket also give you the option to read the content you want offline. A recently released report has also revealed that purchasing paid apps also saves network data.

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