Data management is one of the big issues we are most concerned about. In this age of practically no unlimited data for sale, even the limited data comes at a steep cost for us. Data management therefore is very important unless you are so rich that spending a small country’s annual GDP on paying for data is nothing to you.
For users of android mobile phones that are notorious for being data guzzlers, finding the perfect balance between staying online all the time and how much is paid to achieve that has become part of our everyday must-do-list. In android phones, apps such as such as the NoRoot firewall and the awesome droidwall can really ease the pain of of data consumption. But there are other things you can do to enhance data management in your mobile device. These can act as complements to your installed firewall apps.
1.Use Wi-Fi only for apps update
Most apps on android phones and devices are set to automatically update. These are constantly scouring the net to check for new bug fixes. This is one way apps deplete your data. Setting the apps to update on Wi-Fi only would spare your data.
To do this, just head to Google play store and in the menu, tap ‘settings.’ Go to ‘auto update apps.’ Tick ‘auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.’ Or you can tick ‘do not auto-update apps,‘ if you want to.
2.Tweak the settings of each app
This is necessary to stop each app from trying to reach servers in the background. These are actions that goes on all the time but is not noticeable. The apps do this so that they can work efficiently. But your data is always the cost of these activities.
So using the options buttons of your device, you can tweak these activities that use up data in the settings window. You must disable only functions that you don’t really need.
3.Restrict Background Data
Some apps are so data-hungry that even after you tweak the app’s settings it could still be using up data in the background . Most Android phones allow you to check which apps consume the most data in the background and give you the option of restricting them.
To know which apps consume the most data in the background, go to ‘settings,’ then ‘data usage.’ You would see a list of apps using data. You can tap on any of the apps, especially the ones you hardly use, to see how much data they consume in the background.
The pie chart and numbers under the app indicates how much data is consumed. To stop an app from consuming too much data, just scroll down and check ‘Restrict background data.’
4. Adjust sync options
You must have being prompted by your phone to sync most of your accounts when you started using the phone. The default settings in android phones is to sync everything. But you do not need all these accounts to be synced.
Adjust the sync settings by going to ‘setting,’ then scroll down to ‘Accounts,’ and select ‘Google.’ Untick the boxes beside apps that don’t have to be synced. Do the same thing for other accounts until you are satisfied. After this, anytime you feel the need to sync any account, you can go the app in settings and sync it manually
5. Use data-friendly browsers
Most stock browsers that come with android phones are not optimized to use data efficiently. The solution to this is to use browsers that have data compression capability. The most famous and best is the Opera Mini browser. Though the downside to compression is loss of quality in how the web pages are rendered, what you get is qualitative enough to make it worthwhile.
Also, you can use Chrome Beta which has a very good data compression feature. But it is not automatic. You need to enable it by going to ‘settings > bandwith management > reduce data usage.’
Combining all these tweaks and techniques of data management would definitely lead to efficient usage of data. Saving you that much needed cash.