As we all know, more and more Android application requires a lot of mobile data network, and more data means more money. Mobile data is either charged per MB use, or added in as part of your monthly payment.  There will be a certain limit cap included in your plan. There are however, a few tips that you can save your mobile data network.

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Maintain Your Cache / Preload Data

There is an argument for emptying the browser cache (and the cache of other apps) to help keep your Android smart phone running smoothly. The cache is a component that stores data ready for use. When that data is requested again, by the browser for example, having it in the cache means than it can be provided faster and without requiring it to be fetched from the web server where it was originally held. Emptying the cache will free up internal memory space on the device and help the whole system to run slightly better.

However, if you are trying to reduce data usage, leaving the browser cache intact has obvious benefits. If he browser doest not have to fetch images and other components of regularly used websites, it does not have to use so much of your bandwidth quota. Task managers and cleaning utilities often clean the cache, so if you have one installed, add your browser to the exclude list.

You also can save an area in Google Maps for offline use? Open up your the Google Maps app when connected to Wireless Network and select the area you want to save. Then select Menu > Make available offline or go to Maps > My Places > Offline and click New offline map before selecting the area you want. You can also review your offline maps via Maps > My Places > Offline.

Choose the Mobile Version

Increasingly, website have both full and mobile versions available. This is particularly true for large, popular websites such as Amazon, E bay, Facebook and Youtube. Many website will automatically display the mobile version, but some will will give you the option to choose. The mobile version of a website is designed to be quicker to load and use less data to do so, so it make sense to choose the mobile version if you are trying to conserve data usage.

Aside from difference in layout and content, you can normally tell if a website is running he mobile version by the “m” in the url (some website will display mobile or mobile web instead). You can also check by scrolling to the bottom of the page and check to see if there is a link to the Full or Mobile version. Stick to the mobile version whenever possible and your data usage will be reduced.

Lightweight Browser

There are several browsers that are designed for use with slower data connections. This means that they are optimised to need less data and therefore will use up less of your quota.

Opera Mini

Price : Free

Opera mini  uses only a tenth of the bandwidth of other browsers, compressing webpages by up to 90%. With Opera Mobile, turning on Opera Turbo compresses data by up to 80%, or leave Opera Turbo off to get full website data, as you would on a PC. Opera’s speed and efficient controls put it ahead of many other comparable browsers. Surf the web on your mobile as easily as on a desktop computer and reduce data costs by up to 90% with the uniques compression technology.

TextOnly Browsers

Price : Free

TetxOnly is a browsers/reader which can reduce data usage by 80-90% by displaying only readable content form webapges. It strips unwanted content like ads, scripts and images, displaying only the readable text. Supports multiple modes of reading (RSS, Links or Normal) and works on a estimated 90% of websites

 

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