Every internet user loves to have access to the internet on the go. Even though this should cost a lot of money, some of it can actually be saved if massive data charges can be avoided. Prior to learning how to avoid massive charges that are usually attached to data use, it is imperative to fully understand the meaning of data and mobile data.

Meaning of Data, and Mobile Data

As noted earlier, every internet user loves to have access to the internet. Such access to the internet on the go is referred to as mobile data.

Mobile data is that service that a mobile service provider makes available for use. Such service, in turn, enables the mobile device user to have access to surfing the web, sending and receiving emails, and downloading or using certain applications. You can have data on your device if your mobile service provider network is available in your location.

That noted, how can one regulate or restrict data that is used on a device? BM Academy has outlined below, several noteworthy things that can be done to avoid such charges. Please read on.

  1. Restricting Background Data

This might not sound like a good enough plan for users that love receiving notifications while on the go. However, if the charges incurred are of concern to you, then you should read further.

Restricting background data is basically disabling applications that run in the background while your data is on. These applications, mostly web based, tend to consume data even without your knowledge. More recent versions of Android devices enable you check for the applications that have more data consumption rate than the others. This way you can decide to restrict the background data use of such applications.

How to go about this:

  • Go to “Settings” on Menu
  • Go to “Data usage
  • See list of various applications that are running
  • Select the application you would like to restrict its background data usage.

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  • Check “Restrict background data

2. Turn Off Mobile Data When Not In Use

It is not all the time that one uses a phone all through the day. It is also not all the time that web based mobile applications should run all through the day. One might be working, studying, or catching a nap at other times in the day. During such times, it is best to turn OFF your mobile data. Like we hinted earlier, you may do this if you feel the need to prevent the charges that could be incurred in the process of having to turn on your mobile data all the time.

All you need to do is:

  • Go to the notification panel on your Home Screen.
  • Locate the Data connection icon on the screen.
  • Turn OFF by touching the Data Connection icon.

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Another method of achieving this is to:

  • Go to the settings menu.
  • Click on the mobile data by dragging it to the left to switch it OFF.

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3. Control Data Use By Keeping A Tab On It

Yes! You can keep a tab on your data usage without restricting background data usage or turning off your data. Android offers users the ability to set a limit on data that is used on a device. You can set your data usage to alert you when it gets to a certain stage. You will be warned when it gets to that stage, and as such, you can know what next to do.



This method of avoiding massive data usage is preferable for users that don’t want to turn off their data or restrict background application.

4.Use Wi-Fi to Update Apps, Download Large Files and Stream Videos

If you are running on a 2GB monthly mobile data plan and would like to update applications of about 700MB, you would be left with 1.3GB at the end of the update. This wouldn’t be a right move if you have an access to a community, work or home WI-FI.

It is best to carry out heavy data consuming tasks with Wi-Fi than with your mobile data. Don’t forget that the mobile data sets you on the go while the Wi-Fi is stationary and sometimes provides unlimited data access.

5.Reduce Data Usage By Using Data Compression

This has to be done on your default browser. For this, one should be sure to use browsers such as Chrome, Opera, or UC web, as they enable data compression. Some websites are not mobile friendly, and as such, content that should be preloaded on the desktop will be forcefully loaded on your mobile browser. This consumes much data than a mobile version of the same website.

Also ensure that Ads are blocked, as heavy adverts tend to increase the data consumption on a page.



6.Navigate Offline

Using google maps to navigate routes could be data exhausting, if you are not careful. You can simply go to google map when online, search for your desired route, create offline area and download.

This automatically shows your route when you are on the trip even if you are offline.

Note that the desired route size could be a limitation if the area is relatively big. More so, after 30 days, your downloaded map will automatically be deleted.

7.Identify and remove high data consuming applications

Facebook application, for example, is one application that has over time proven to be a high data consuming app. There are several others in this category. All you have to do is track the applications that use more data in your data usage settings.

If you decide that you don’t want to uninstall your Facebook application, you could turn off auto-play videos in the application settings.

One can also decide to go to the settings of Twitter app and set the video auto-play to “Use Wi-Fi only”.


Now you can continue surfing the net and using data on your mobile device with these precautionary measures in place! Thanks for reading.