Unlimited Internet data on smartphones is a dream, and more often than not you either hit your data cap or FUP as it is also known. If you hit the limit mid-month, then you could end up with a huge phone bill at the end of the month. Here are 10 simple steps you can take to make sure your Android smartphone doesn’t consume data without you knowing it.

Set a data limit

When you buy a data pack, fix a cap on your Android smartphone, so it will notify well in advance if you are nearing the limit. You can head over to Settings -> Data Usage and set a limit wherein the feature will notify you. You can also set a data usage cycle, as well as, when you want it to reset the calculator.

Switch off background data

There are many applications which run even in background. Keeping background data off can also help you save on precious data — and money. To ensure apps don’t use data in the background, head over to Settings -> Data Usage. Here you can select apps to use data only when you open them.

Switch off data while playing games

Not all games require an active data connection. It is advisable to switch off data before you start playing a game.

Manual apps update

Here’s another culprit that consumes a lot of data. Apps are regularly updated, and can end up finishing your data quota in less than a month. You should not keep your phone on auto update mode and should update only those apps that are necessary. Head over to the Play Store and swipe right to open the Settings Menu. At the top you will find the option for Auto-Update Apps. Tap this and make sure you either have it set to ”Do Not Auto-Update Apps” or only over Wi-Fi.

Intelligent browsers

Surfing the Internet can consume a lot of data as well, but browsers such as Opera, Chrome and UC browser among others can compress websites. This helps in reducing the amount of data used, and pages load faster as well.

Push notifications

Many apps push numerous notifications, and more often than not they are for marketing purposes and have little use. You will be surprised how much you can save by switching off notifications for apps. To switch off push notifications, head over to Settings -> Apps and click on individual apps to disable notifications.

Videos

It has become easier than ever to watch videos on smartphones in high definition. But higher the resolution, more data is used. The best way to avoid this is to head over to YouTube’s setting and set the HD videos on Wi-Fi. This means that you will now be able to watch only less resolution videos and this in turn will consume less data.

No VoIP

Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, FaceTime and Viber among others let you call another person over the Internet. But the free calling feature is free just for namesake, and consumes data as well. If you really need to call somebody using one of the aforementioned services, then do it when you are on Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi

Quite simply, the best way to save data is to not use it at all. Switch to a Wi-Fi network whenever possible. Also as a good practice, make sure to turn off your mobile data once you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

2G/EDGE

2G or EDGE might be grossly inadequate to run most apps these days, but not all apps need a fast connection. Switching to 2G consumes less data, as compared to a 3G connection. When not required, you can head over to Settings -> Mobile Networks -> Network mode. Once there, select GSM only, which in other words will only use 2G connection. If you need to switch back to your faster connection, you can go back to GSM/WCDMA.