Here are a few simple steps you can use to shave a few MB off your Android phone's data usage:

  • Use wi-fi whenever possible. At home, connect to your wireless router if available. Many public places (hotels, restaurants etc) also feature free wi-fi, but be cognizant that such access points are rarely secure. Updating your apps can chew up your data usage quickly; be sure to configure the Google Play Store app to only update your apps via wi-fi.
  • Use Google Maps offline whenever possible. Google does allow you to store an offline copy of its maps on your phone. Obviously, there are caveats -- the maps will need to be manually updated to keep them current, and you would definitely want to download them via a wi-fi connection.
  • Shrink or compress the size of photos before you send them. There are numerous free apps in the Google Play store that will allow you to do this.
  • Use a mobile web browser that compresses data. Chrome and Opera both have this feature.

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