Android users save huge data volumes with a simple trick

You’re surfing at a snail’s pace again because your data volume has long since been used up? atechbook reveals which trick Android users can use to really save a lot of data.

The video doesn’t load, the Spotify song falters, and many users often ask themselves at the beginning of the month: Why is there so much month left at the end of the data volume? If you can only surf on the go to a limited extent, you have to settle for throttled speed after the data volume has been used up – even Googling becomes a test of patience. However, there is a trick for Android users: the data-saving mode in the Chrome browser. How to activate it is shown step by step in atechbook.

Save data volume with just a few clicks

The trick only works with the Chrome browser, not with Android’s default browser.┬áSince Chrome, like Android, is also a Google product, it is already pre-installed on many devices. Those who do not have it can download it for free from the PlayStore.

If the Chrome browser is open, the first step is to go to the menu – simply tap on the three small dots on the upper right edge.

In the menu, there is then the item “Settings” at the bottom. If you scroll down a bit there, you will find the crucial menu item “Data saver mode”, sometimes also called “Lite mode”. As soon as it is activated, it directly shows how much data volume has been saved.

Data saving mode or Lite mode in the Chrome browser.
Data saving mode or Lite mode in the Chrome browser. Photo: atechbook

Once tapped, the data-saving mode or Lite mode can be activated in the menu item and, of course, deactivated again if desired. Additionally, there are a few graphics and numbers that show how much data volume the mode has now saved.

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What does the data saver mode actually do?

Every time you visit a homepage, play a song or watch a video on the net, your phone downloads data – that’s why every click on the net consumes data volume. If the data-saving mode is on, the majority of the data initially passes through Google servers. Images may be slightly less sharp, or you may be asked beforehand whether you want to see the images on a homepage at all. Just like videos, images consume a lot of data volume – if you don’t need images, but only want to read text, you should turn them off. Google promises that this can reduce the data rate by up to 70 percent.

You want to save even more? Here are a few tips from our colleagues at myHOMEBOOK:

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