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4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Dotng: 9:19pm On Jul 01, 2014
4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps

By Chris Hoffman on 30th June, 2014 | Google Android | 5 Comments
You can reduce your mobile data usage without doing anything differently on your Android device. Just install and enable an app that functions as a compressing proxy. An intermediary will sit between you and the Internet, squishing your data down so it uses as little space as possible before travelling over your cellular carrier’s mobile data network.
How it Works

These solutions all work by routing your data through a third-party server. For example, let’s say you’re browsing to makeuseof.com in your web browser. You’ll normally connect directly to our web servers and they’d send you the data that makes up our front page. However, when you use one of these compressing proxies, you’d connect to the third-party server instead. That server would connect to makeuseof.com for you, download the data, compress it to make it smaller, and then send it to you.

Some of these solutions also work in other apps and for more than just web pages. Whenever an app connects to a server and downloads data, the traffic will be routed through a third-party server that compresses the data for you. This saves on data where it really counts — the “last mile” between your phone and your cellular carrier, who probably doesn’t provide you with unlimited data. None of these services do anything to encrypted traffic, so your online banking and encrypted email connection will be private — but you won’t get the benefit of compression for those connections, either.
There’s a bit of a downside here. Things may take a bit longer to download — the data doesn’t come directly to you, but takes a roundabout route through a third-party server that has to compress it first. However, if you have a slow cellular data connection, it may actually be faster to download the compressed data!
Opera Max

Opera Max encrypts data for all apps on your device when you’re connected to a mobile data network. Install the app and it will take over, routing all apps’ traffic through Opera’s servers so it can be compressed to save your data allowance. Unlike other services that do this, Opera Max can also compress videos in addition to photos, web pages, and other types of data. This application also provides you with an overview of the apps using data and allows you to block them from using that precious data.

This service is free, and is the best solution for compressing your Android phone’s data usage. To “recharge” Opera Max, you’re asked to occasionally watch an advertisement — that’s the price of a free service.
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Onavo Extend

Onavo Extend is another mobile data-compressing solution that works with all the apps on your phone. It’s been around for longer than Opera Max, but it’s now been superseded. Unlike Opera Max, Onavo Extend doesn’t compress videos. Unless you never watch videos on your mobile data conneciton, you’ll likely save more data with Opera Max.
You’ve probably never heard of Onavo, but you have heard of their parent company — Facebook. Facebook bought Onavo in 2013.
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Chrome‘s Reduce Data Usage Feature

Google has their own data compression solution. Unfortunately, it’s not a system-wide solution that works for all Android apps at the moment. Instead, it’s a feature built into the Google Chrome app itself. This feature only works in Chrome, so you’ll only get the benefits of data compression when browsing with Chrome.
If you’d just like to use less mobile data when browsing the web and you don’t want a system-wide solution, Chrome is a fine alternative. Open the Chrome app on your device, tap the menu button, and tap Settings. Navigate to Bandwidth management > Reduce data usage and enable the Reduce data usage feature.
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Opera‘s Off-Road Mode / Opera Mini

Both the full Opera browser and Opera Mini apps also have this feature. This is what came before Opera Max. If you don’t care about compressing everything system-wide, you can always just use an Opera browser. It works similarly to Chrome, compressing data only when browsing the web only with Opera. The Opera browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux also includes Off-Road Mode, so you can compress the data when browsing on your computer, too. This could help you save on data when tethering.
To enable this feature in Opera, tap the O button and enable the Off-Road mode toggle. This feature is always used in Opera Mini, which is a more lightweight web browser for slower devices. To view your data saved in Opera Mini, tap the menu button and navigate to Help > Data Usage.
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Android’s Data Usage screen can also help you track and reduce your mobile data usage. Open the Settings app and tap Data Usage to access it. From here, you can see reports about how much data each app used, see how much data your device used in a time period, and restrict specific apps from using background data. You can also disable mobile data entirely from here.
Which of these is your favorite data compression solution? Any other tips for reducing data usage on Android? Let us know in the comments.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways-reduce-mobile-internet-data-usage-android-apps/

I noticed that Opera Max couldn’t be downloaded from Google Play for Nigeria. I eventually downloaded it from mobogenie.

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Mrguru(m): 3:22pm On Jul 05, 2014
A very nice post smiley I also published a related post, on the 5 ways to reduce high data consumption on Androids..

Hope that helps also.. grin..
Once more, Thanks for the tips @op

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by dejt4u(m): 3:23pm On Jul 05, 2014
Very good..this will be so helpful to the fellow TECNOites

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by tunwumi: 3:24pm On Jul 05, 2014
Thanks what about ios phone too?
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by colossus2: 3:25pm On Jul 05, 2014
Please explain. I don't understand grin

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by WebSurfer(m): 3:25pm On Jul 05, 2014
NCC is FRAUD , Its High Time we stand and stick to that fact by letting them know..

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by xynerise(m): 3:26pm On Jul 05, 2014
What is the name of the app?
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by seunwen2(m): 3:27pm On Jul 05, 2014
ops abegi summary angry

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by donchrisk(m): 3:28pm On Jul 05, 2014
Nice one let's check it out fast
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by savcy(m): 3:28pm On Jul 05, 2014
Lots of words yet no solution...

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by zeelo2014: 3:29pm On Jul 05, 2014
Long story. Just do this. From settings, go to data usage, and click 'restrict background data' .Do this for apps u don't need to be running at the background. Leave bbm, email and whatsapp unticked.
Easy, no need of all these numerous apps for reducing data.

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by MillionDollars: 3:30pm On Jul 05, 2014
We have seen more than dis!!!!!
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Forzap(m): 3:31pm On Jul 05, 2014
BB nko undecided
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by mactoni91(m): 3:32pm On Jul 05, 2014
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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by forke(m): 3:32pm On Jul 05, 2014
D procedure is 2 long nd confusing...... Tank God say I nor dey use android again #teamblackberry#

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by WIZGUY69(m): 3:37pm On Jul 05, 2014
Please!! see wetin GEJ cause abi??
why will we be paying before surfing the Net??
cheesy

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Nobody: 3:38pm On Jul 05, 2014
I swear the poo is too long.
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by soludo93(m): 3:38pm On Jul 05, 2014
I have tried it. opera Max works with both speed and saves more data.
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by jonzy1(m): 3:38pm On Jul 05, 2014
can I operate my internet banking freely with these apps installed without fear of some nerd hacking and rendering me useless
smileycan I operate my internet banking freely with these apps installed without fear of some nerd hacking and rendering me useless
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by henryobinna(m): 3:44pm On Jul 05, 2014
nice.



for more Android tips such as the one OP posted, go here
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Cymbal: 3:45pm On Jul 05, 2014
That's cool. Nice one
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by henryobinna(m): 3:45pm On Jul 05, 2014
jon_zy: can I operate my internet banking freely with these apps installed without fear of some nerd hacking and rendering me useless
smileycan I operate my internet banking freely with these apps installed without fear of some nerd hacking and rendering me useless
in my opinion, to be on the safer side, Don't!
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by oyatmicah(m): 3:46pm On Jul 05, 2014
zeelo2014. wa gba iyi wink
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Nobody: 3:46pm On Jul 05, 2014
Try Avast, It has a great firewall. smiley
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by NewsINigeria: 3:47pm On Jul 05, 2014
thnks
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by NewsINigeria: 3:47pm On Jul 05, 2014
WIZGUY69: Please!! see wetin GEJ cause abi??
why will we be paying before surfing the Net??
cheesy
haterz

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by grandstar(m): 3:58pm On Jul 05, 2014
This is good news. I will download it on my huawei handset.
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by kendrick93(m): 4:00pm On Jul 05, 2014
all talk yet no simple solution. i cnt be arsed to read all dis
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by Kenneylee(m): 4:05pm On Jul 05, 2014
How do I compress on iPhone?
Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by prettyboi1989(m): 4:11pm On Jul 05, 2014
Time to be generous unlike dose dudes dat b lyk "av got a solution 2 dis send me a mail or drop ur email 2 get it" dats BS.
Let me be str8, forget restricting background data, d way ur data go run ehn u go taya, d best solution which has workd for me so far is 2 download "no root firewall" app, den u can thank me later. No root firewall gives u d ryt to block any or all of d apps on ur fone dat u dnt want to av access to d net, let's say u av fb watsapp opera, yahoo mail app on ur fone n u only want to use opera as a result of data constrains, u tick d oda apps to restrict dem 4rm using ur data.
Also if any app tries to access d web! U'll get a prompt weda 2 permit it or 2 deny it access 2 d net, av fun

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Re: 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps by charlsecy: 4:12pm On Jul 05, 2014
Where is the link for downloading Opera Max?

http://www.apk4fun.com/apk/6017/

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