Save data volume: These tricks are how it works

The data limit of the mobile phone contract can be exhausted with simple means with Android.
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Although the availability of mobile phone contracts with unlimited data volume continues to increase in this country, many users are still equipped with tariffs in which the amount of data available is limited to a small number of gigabytes.

If you have an Android smartphone, however, you can save quite a bit of data volume with simple tricks in order to delay the throttling of the data speed – we will show you what these are in the following guide.

Save data volume: deactivate mobile data

With Android smartphones, there is an easy way to switch the use of mobile data on and off: a menu with quick access to various settings opens by swiping down from the top of the screen.

The “Mobile data” button can also be found here – you can turn it off at the push of a button. If this is grayed out, your smartphone will no longer connect to the Internet until the menu item is switched on again, provided there is no known WiFi network nearby.

Mobile data can be switched on and off again via quick access.
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Save data volume: restrict internet access from apps

The background data that is sent back and forth during standby mode can also consume quite a bit of data volume – in the system settings on your Android smartphone you can specify exactly which apps are allowed to send data even when it is closed.

Above Settings> Connections> Data usage> Mobile data all installed applications can be displayed. If you select one of these apps, you can either switch off the background usage or have it switched off automatically after a certain amount of data has been used.

The consumption of background data can save quite a bit of data volume.
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Save data volume: set data limit

In general, it is advisable to set a data limit for contracts with limited internet volume. Here, too, the path leads over Settings> Connections> Data usage. In the menu item “Billing cycle” you can then set when the billing period of the respective mobile phone contract runs and how much data volume is available.

If the consumption reaches the predetermined amount, the mobile data switch off automatically. In addition, a limit can be set, and when this limit is reached, a warning via push notification is displayed.

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Setting a data limit is a useful function, especially when the data volume is limited.
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Save data volume: download streaming offers in advance

For media lovers, streaming services such as Netflix, Spotify or YouTube have become indispensable for smartphones. In most cases, the paid subscriptions that are taken out for use also include the option of downloading films, series or music in advance – for example in the home Wi-Fi – and thus also having them available offline.

You can also lower the streaming quality in the individual app settings, should you discover a new title on the go – the lower resolution can also save massive amounts of data here.

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