5 Apps that are Killing your Mobile Data

It’s very normal to have a lot of apps installed on your Smartphone. As Smartphone is a vast playground of thousands of applications and games, there is no curse by doing so. But, are you feeling an excess data loss for these few days? Is all of your mobile data is disappearing at a sudden moment without any known usage by you? It might be due to some of the apps that are eating the data for the unnecessary tasks. So, we listed some of them in this article to make you aware of those functions that are considerably reducing the mobile data. Have a look at them and follow the given steps to disable them.

Facebook: Autoplaying videos

Facebook recently introduced a feature namely video autoplay that enables the videos to be played automatcally while scrolled to that specific portion. Even it is a good feature, it is not that much likely to the mobile data users with a small amount of data left. So, disabling it may save a huge amount of mobile data in your smartphone. To disable or deactivate the video autoplay feature on Facebook, follow the simple steps given below.

  1. Open Facebook app, tap the More button in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  2. Then, tap Settings option.
  3. Now, Select Account Settings and tap Videos and Photos.
  4. Tap Autoplay.
  5. Here you can select either On Wi-Fi Connections Only to play the videos only on wifi connection or Never Autoplay Videos to completely stop automatic videos.
  6. You can revert them anytime as you like by following the same steps.

Twitter: Autoplaying videos

Like Facebook, Twitter also has a video autoplay feature. If you are one of that kind who spends a lot of time on Twitter by browsing the messages, it is not likely to have this feature turned on. To disable the video autoplay feature in Twitter follow the steps given below.

  1. Open Twitter app.
  2. Tap the Me button in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  3. Then, tap the gear icon at the top of your profile page and then select Settings.
  4. In General section, tap Data option.
  5. Now, tap Video autoplay.
  6. Here you can select either On Wi-Fi Connections Only to play the videos only on wifi connection or Never Autoplay Videos to completely stop automatic videos.
  7. You can revert them anytime as you like by following the same steps.

Instagram: Preloading Videos and Photos

Instagram is no more just comprises of the photos, it has a wide range of videos and a lot of other stuff. So, Instagram will start preloading the videos and photos even before you are visiting a page to make it faster to browse. Even it is a good feature to provide a seamless and quick browsing experience, it consumes a lot of data without any use. So, disabling it may gift you some more data left in your smartphone. To disable the preloading videos and photos in your Instagram app, follow the simple steps given below.

  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Go to your profile page and open settings.
  3. Now, tap Cellular Data Use.
  4. Tap on the toggle switch to turn on Use Less Data option.

This will not completely disable the preloading of videos and photos, but will limit them efficiently while you are on a cellular connection or a slower connection. In our experience, this will not affect the video playback or browsing speed but will save a lot of data.

YouTube: Change Wi-Fi-only Settings

Youtube grew like a giant in the past years. It is one of the most depended sources for watching the videos online. Coming to the matter, Youtube app provides a lot of functions that enables the seamless video enjoyment on your smartphone. Even though, it will play the videos regardless of the connection in HD quality. That will use a lot of your data. Almost 75% data is needed to play an HD video when comparing to the low-quality videos. So, changing this option will surely save a ton of your valuable mobile data.

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap the triple-dot button in the upper-right corner and then tap Settings.
  3. Now, tap on the toggle switch to turn on Play HD on Wi-Fi only option.
  4. Once you are in Settings, scroll down and tap on the toggle switch to turn on Upload over Wi-Fi only option if you regularly upload videos to Youtube.

If you are using the YouTube Music app, there is one more to do to save some additional mobile data. Open settings in the Music app and enable Stream via Wi-Fi only option.

Spotify: Make Albums Available Offline

Spotify is a large collection of your favorite music files. If you are a regular Spotify user and enjoying the service every day, you might be losing a lot of your mobile data. Spotify has an option that let you store the songs to your local storage to enjoy them later without using the mobile data. This offline feature is very useful if you have a large amount of storage but has only a limited data plan. To make this possible, you just have to tap the toggle switch for Available Offline option when viewing an Album or Playlist. This will save the songs to your local storage to enjoy it other time. It is recommended to do this while you are on a wifi connection which is temporary.

You can also control the streaming quality of the tracks by Opening Settings and tapping Streaming Quality. You’ll see four options namely Automatic, Normal, High, and Extreme choose the suitable quality for you. We recommend using the Normal option to save data.

These are the 5 apps that are consuming a lot of data even with your knowledge. Following the above methods can considerably reduce the data usage in your smartphone and can save a ton of your valuable mobile data for future use. Try them your own, and let us know the results and your opinions. We will be happy to hear that from you.

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Muhammed Swalih is a Blogger by profession who also has a great taste in Web Development, SEO, Graphic Designing, etc.

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