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How To Reduce Data Usage on Android in One Click

In the previous post, we have discussed how to restrict background data for individual apps. If you haven't read it, I recommend you to read the previous post for more clarity on restricting background data on Android to save your money. In this post, you will learn how to reduce data usage on Android in one-click.

We cannot stop the innovation in Mobile Technology and the development of apps. We need to get used to it. The apps that you use on your smartphone may need an update in the next week or next month. You would update the apps for sure to taste new features. 

As the size of the app increases, new mobiles comes with more RAM to run the apps without any issues. If the app requires an Internet connection, it may run in the background too to receive notifications.
If you feel that you are not at all using certain apps, you should uninstall it. This is the first step towards saving your data.

We will have no issues if the app runs only when we're using it. If the app continues to run even after closing the app, it will drink your data juice.


If you're a budget data user, you won't like the apps that run in the background unnecessarily. A lot of apps run in the background to check for updates and notification. Developers set a built-in time for the apps to ask for updates. It will definitely hurt the budget users. 

Android version 7 and 7+ gives you even more ways to save cellular data. There is a beautiful built-in feature to save your data. Saving data could save your money. Let's begin the tutorial to reduce data usage on Android in one-click.


Turn ON Data Saver: Reduce Data Usage on Android 7+

First, you need to have a look at data usage apps in Android data usage settings. To check it out, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage. Choose SIM 1 or SIM 2. Then tap on Mobile data usage. 

If your version of Android is below 7, go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data usage. Here, you could check the app data usage.

You will get a complete graph and list of apps that eat your data. The app on the top list is the one that consumes high data. 

On the Data Usage Screen, you could see an option called Data Saver.


  • Touch the Data Saver option.

  • On the Data saver screen, Toggle ON the option. This will completely restrict background data for all apps in a single click. It will save 30% of mobile data.

Once you enable the Data saver feature, you will notice a "Plus" symbol on the status bar.

Alternatively, you could Turn ON the Data saver by swiping down the status bar > Swipe for more shortcuts. Then Toggle Data Saver feature. 

If you didn't find this feature, you need to add it manually. To add this feature, Tap on Pencil icon > Drag and drop the Data Saver settings.

Enable/Disable Unrestricted Data Access

Now coming to the Data Saver screen. Below the Toggle switch, there is another feature named as Unrestricted data access. By default, Google Play Services, and Google Chrome apps are allowed to use unrestricted data when Data Saver is ON.


If you would like to receive notification, updates from certain apps, you need to Enable the apps in Unrestricted data access option. This will override the global Data saver feature for certain apps.

How To Stop Google Play Store From Auto Updating Itself?

By default, Google Play Store will auto-update apps when you're on mobile data or wifi. This auto-mode will burn your data to the core. If you're concerned about saving your mobile data, you should stop Google Play Store from auto-updating itself. 

To Stop Auto-updating of Apps,

  • Go to the Google Play Store.
  • Tap on 3 Horizontal lines on the top left corner.
  • Scroll down.


  • Tap on Settings.


  • Tap Auto-update apps from the list.


  • Select Do not auto-update apps radio button.

That's all. Now you've stopped auto-updating of apps. You should leverage this option to save more data on your Android device.

If you would like to update the apps over the wifi connection, please choose the Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only radio button.

To Sum Up

Now you've learned two super tips to reduce data usage on Android. One is Data Saver feature and another is Turning Off auto-update apps. Even if you're a wifi user, you may put data pack on your mobile when you hang out. So, this tutorial will help you too to save cost on mobile data. If you find it useful, please share this article!

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