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Control over megabytes: how to save mobile traffic on Android

mobile traffic on Android

Recently, telephone operators often please users with various profitable offers, but the mobile Internet remains quite expensive. The review provides information on how to learn how to control costs and get more data for the same money.

The days when ISPs everywhere kept records of the megabytes that users spent on the Internet are long gone. As a rule, tariff plans for home Internet today differ in speed.


It is worth noting that mobile operators are not in a hurry to provide their users with completely unlimited Internet. They provide only a certain amount of inexpensive traffic. As you know, both people and smartphones themselves cannot do without the Internet at present. Sometimes the device will update several applications on its own in the middle of the night, and in the morning there is no prepaid traffic left to download email attachments. How to save on the Internet? That's what we're going to talk about now.


Traffic control when using standard operating system tools


First, you need to pay attention to what you can do without having to install additional applications. Android settings have a "Traffic Control" item, which allows you to separately monitor the transfer of information over Wi-Fi and through the mobile network. In this case, it is possible to disable data transmission.

In other words, ban the use of mobile Internet. The operating system is able to display a graph of traffic consumption for a certain period of time. In addition, it shows which of the applications use the most data. To get acquainted with the consumption schedule, just click on the application. It's generated just for him.

The mobile Internet tab allows you to set a limit on traffic consumption in a certain period of time. On the same graph, you can set a limit. There is also a separate slider that allows you to select a threshold, after which the system will display a warning that the limit will soon be exhausted.

When the traffic ends, the device disables data transmission in automatic mode. Most Android apps log on to the internet in the background. As a result, the traffic is used even before the owner of the phone wakes up. To avoid such situations, it is recommended to set restrictions for individual applications, which relates to the use of mobile traffic in the background. To do this, click on the application name in the corresponding window and check the Restrict Background data box.


It is possible to disable this feature globally. To do this, you will need to go to the settings and pin the corresponding checkbox while in the "Traffic Control" section. It also proposes to deactivate automatic data synchronization. It is worth noting right away that with a global restriction on downloads using the mobile Internet, certain important applications may not work as expected.

This is, for example, an email client. You also need to consider that a lot of traffic is required for application updates. Thus, it is worth going to the settings of Google Play, and then in the "Auto-update applications" section, select "Update only via Wi-Fi. We recommend that you periodically check the settings of your favorite apps. Most allow you to enable synchronization and download information only via Wi-Fi.

Traffic control in Google Chrome In the mobile version of the Google Chrome browser, there is also a data compression feature. It operates according to the following principle:

1. The content of the internet pages is sent to Google's servers.
2. Optimization takes place there.
3. Then the download is performed in a compressed form.

It is worth noting that in this case the quality of images suffers, but the traffic is consumed much less. To find and activate this option, you need to visit the "Settings" menu, then go to "Traffic Control", and then specify "Traffic Reduction". As a rule, the savings when using this method are up to 50%, which depends on the web pages viewed on the mobile device. It is worth noting that data compression will be useless when loading services where traffic encryption is used. This is because Google is not able to send this data to its own servers. It should also be borne in mind that compression will not be carried out when the "incognito" mode is activated in the browser.


To save mobile traffic, Google Chrome needs to turn off the web prefetch feature. It can be found in the same section of the "Traffic Control" settings. It is possible to load pages in the background, when the Wi-Fi connection is active, or completely prohibit downloading.

Control traffic usage with specialized applications

The main purpose of applications designed to account for mobile traffic is to help users save money. In this case, not only simple consumption statistics are applied, but also restrictions are set for certain periods of time. The simplest program designed to account for traffic is Internet Speed Meter Lite. It is able to perform the functions of monitoring and collecting statistics. Thus, the application monitors the consumption of mobile and Wi-Fi traffic in real time. On the notification bar, you can see the current data transfer rate. When you open the notification menu, you can see the name of the current network and the amount of traffic used per day.

The application window displays the amount of traffic that has been consumed in the last month. Statistics are kept by day. In addition, you can see the amount for the last seven and thirty days, the total number since the beginning of the current month. Mobile and Wi-Fi traffic are calculated separately. The Data Usage app allows you to read both mobile and Wi-Fi traffic. It not only counts, but also notifies about exceeding the established limit. In addition, data transmission is blocked when a certain indicator is reached. Why do I need to keep track of my Wi-Fi traffic? For example, some hotels provide free Wi-Fi access within a specific limit. If the user exceeds it, you will need to pay extra.

Application settings allow you to specify the amount of traffic that is provided for a certain period. Data Usage is able not only to collect statistics for the whole day, for the week or the reporting period, but also calculates how much traffic should be spent ideally so that the Internet is relatively cheap. In addition, the forecasted consumption, statistics on the received and transmitted data are displayed. It also shows the rest of the free traffic until the end of the set period.


Information on mobile Internet and Wi-Fi are displayed on separate tabs, but it is possible to get acquainted with the total history of traffic consumption on the presented graph. The application is able to warn that prepaid traffic is running out. There can be three such notifications: with the use of fifty, seventy-five and ninety percent. If you want, it is possible to completely turn off the Internet when a certain value is reached.

It is worth mentioning another application whose functions include traffic monitoring. It's called "My Internet Manager." Its features include the ability to set separate data usage plans for roaming and mobile Internet. It is possible to set a traffic limit, the start date and time of the plan. When receiving data via Wi-Fi, the traffic limit cannot be set. However, you can specify how much downloaded data the app will notify the user when it receives. Information about traffic consumption is also displayed in a convenient form. Moreover, each type of connection is on a separate tab.

The graph allows you to see the full report, where data on the total traffic consumption is provided. In addition, information on its consumption is displayed on the notification panel. With the help of this application, it is allowed to keep records of data consumption by different displays. For example, in the form of a chart or list. A nice bonus is the ability to back up data to an SD card, as well as fast data recovery.

A different approach: control and reduce traffic

When there were no smartphones, mobile browsers from Opera Software used a lot of knowledge. One of the most useful features of Opera Mini was traffic compression. This made it possible to speed up the loading of web pages on a slow connection. Mobile Internet bills were also reduced. The Opera Max application for Android is based on the same principle. To date, it is still at the testing stage, but it can be downloaded from Google Play. The main difference between Opera Max and Opera Mini is to work with all applications. Thus, with the help of Opera Max, significant traffic savings are achieved in the applications "Vkontakte", Viber, "Odnoklassniki".

As for the technical work, it is carried out through the VPN network. Network traffic from the mobile device is carried out through opera servers, where compression occurs. As a result, the user downloads much less data. In a special application window, you can see how much data has been saved. Detailed statistics by date and by application are also provided. According to the testing, web pages and photos are more effectively compressed. As for the video, the situation here is somewhat worse.

With Facebook and Twitter, the app is not able to work. The presented social networks use an encrypted connection. This is the reason for the incompatibility. It should also be borne in mind that the application is not useful for compressing web pages if you use the Google Chrome browser with an active data compression function. Thus, it is impossible to save even more. In addition, Opera Max is not able to compress application updates and files downloaded to devices.

Opera Max supports mobile Internet. Wi-Fi traffic is not counted or saved. True, the application is equipped with a convenient option provided to prohibit the use of mobile traffic for some applications. It is worth noting that this is quite convenient. After all, the option to update via Wi-Fi can not be seen in all applications.

It should also be noted that when using Opera Max, it is necessary to take into account the fact that the application operates offline for seven days. To ensure its further work, it is worth "recharging". In other words, you need to click on a special button placed on the corresponding tab. To date, it is free, but in the future it is planned to pay for the extension of the tariff.

If Opera Max later becomes paid, it must be borne in mind that this application does not have uniqueness. The same features have been available to users of the less popular Onavo Extend program for more than two years. Like Opera Max, it works through a proxy server and is able to compress all mobile traffic from the device. When wi-fi is activated, it is automatically disabled by the app. There is an opportunity to get acquainted with the statistics on the saved traffic for the week and for the month. Some settings are equipped with the ability to control the quality of graphics and determine the cache size for saved images, which is especially important when loading the same web pages.