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How do you save on data traffic on Android

Although mobile operators have become more generous when it comes to traffic included in the subscription would be good to know how you save data on Android.

It is not even relevant that you increasingly more data traffic included. Given that there are few possibilities to have an unlimited data traffic, it is very easy to get to be charged extra because you forgot too much on YouTube or Facebook. Even dependence on Google Maps, the navigation solution, it could cost you. There’s no point to remember Netflix, SeeNow, Voyo, Dezeer, Zonga, Antena Play, Apple Music or HBO Go. All these are black holes for your data subscription, which is why it would be good to have considered several methods of monitoring and management of data traffic on Android. If you have an iPhone, a few days ago I conducted a similar material and iOS devices.

Knowing what data traffic on Android eat now?

Before any preventive measures, first need to know if you have a problem with data traffic generated on average per month. To be sure that is the case, either last or last check invoices or consult the websites of Vodafone, Telekom, Digi or Orange. You create a free account on the website operator and always check your data traffic as you drink. In addition, there are mobile applications to each operator for the same.

If you do not have a data plan and do not even know approximately how much traffic you need, a surprisingly accurate solution comes from American telephone operators. Enter on the website of AT & T or Verizon and start typing accurately as possible large, how many emails you receive daily average, how many web pages go, how many videos you see on YouTube, you spend on social networks like Facebook and not only. Immediately you will see an estimated traffic data and use that value to negotiate your subscription you need.

If you are using a terminal with Android 4.0 or newer, very precise statistics regarding mobile data traffic generated on a find at Settings – Wireless Networks – Data Usage. There should experience a window like the one in the first part of the screenshot above. A little further down the same page, traffic will be broken down into applications to help you better understand where you carry data traffic on Android. It’s important to note that this information does not refer to WIFI, just 3G / 4G.


From the same interface, using two bars, orange and red, you can set a threshold at which you will receive a notification related traffic that you have available. The second bar, red, traffic completely stops your data until you intervene or until it changes month subscription. Alternatively monitoring, you can use some third-party applications that we will be explained jos.trafic data wi-fi

How to limit data traffic on WiFi applications

When you use a smartphone or tablet with Internet access, you should keep in mind that, in addition to the traffic generated manually by streaming, Facebook, installed applications or browse the Internet, there is a constant traffic generated in the background without any intervention on your part. The latter varies significantly from application to application, but at the same time can be adjusted or turned off completely.

In principle, all restrictions you will implement using the steps below will apply only in respect of mobile data traffic. Never apply these restrictions on WiFi. When you are in wireless network around the house or office, everything will run normally.

Consumption data can be derived from significant updates to apps you already have installed. Although these regular updates to be installed, it would be preferable to forced smartphone to download exclusively on WiFi. To do this, go to the Google Play Store, press the menu button on the screen, go to Settings and tick Update over Wi-Fi Only.

To see which applications are responsible for a significant amount of downloads in the background, go into Settings – Wireless & Network – Data Usage and tap any applications from the list. As soon as you see the above image and differentiate between traffic made when the application is in the foreground or in the background.


The most simple when you do not know who generates data traffic back as tick readily Background Restrict date. The problem with this solution is that you may not receive e-mails, new sites unless entrants Mail, as in the case of WhatsApp messages or other chat applications and social networks. As a result, the best would be to visit the details page of each app in traffic from the Data menu and tick Restrict Usage Background Data.

Some applications have a menu to restrict traffic generated indoors, but this is not a general rule. In the case of Facebook, for example, if you limit the number of notifications displayed, you win both data traffic and battery. The difference is that when you opt for reducing traffic generated from within an application, the restrictions will remain in force both 3G and WiFi on.

Management of data traffic through third-party applications on Android

If the solution proposed by Google in Android not seem sufficiently well established or is too complex in your point of view, there are a significant number of alternatives that you can call. Illustrated in the screenshots above is Onavo Count, downloadable for free from Google Play. It works on any version of Android latest 2.2 and provides access to many options as you want.

Basically, you can call up and widgets on the home screen to make sure you do not miss something of an eye. When you run a first time, you set the date in which you change your subscription and data traffic included. Once, that will take a number of important management tasks. Through notifications very conclusive, Onavo Count – Data Usage tell you in advance if there is any potential problem. You can also warn you that you will have problems with Internet traffic based on a forecast based on your current habits.

If you want a fast and simple solution for mobile data traffic stop of a fire, not to enter Settings, a utiltar and Data ON-OFF, free from Google Play, solve the problem. It would be ideal to not call too often this way, but the lack of time is ideal.

The secret is in the small details


If you’re accustomed to using a browser like Opera with real-time data compression, you’ll earn from home very much traffic. Google Chrome and it includes compression settings, but not enabled by default and should you succeeded a little more through the program settings to put them into operation.

The ads you see in your favorite applications are also responsible for much traffic. The solution is to buy surcharge applications which usually occur at a price of one euro. Some programs like Adblock Plus or AdAway do a job almost as good in eliminating commercials. Unfortunately, the latter, they need root privileges on your phone to block ads displayed on 3G. By default only works on WiFi.

Lastly, a solution would be to begin using applications that support saving data offline. Starting with a navigation app like iGO, Navigon or even Google Maps, to some extent, it is ideal to have maps saved on your phone before you leave the road. Zonga applications such as streaming, Spotify or Deezer also supports saving maps.