How can I reduce my mobile Internet usage on Android?

Namatai Tuwe October 24, 2012
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I am on a Three mobile contract and recently got a Sony Xperia Arc S. My problem is that I get 500MB of mobile Internet data but it doesnt last at all. Three days ago I had 500MB but now I have only got 342MB left and I dont know why it is moving so fast.

I have tried to disable data traffic but it’s still the same and I dont use that many applications either, just a few games.

So, how can I reduce mobile data usage?

Thank you!

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  1. Michael Hanko
    November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    You can also use your WiFi when at home and/or work to reduce data usage as anything downloaded over WiFi will not count towards your data plan. So wait until you get home to download those big videos and apps!

  2. Tony Gonzaga
    November 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Try turning off auto sync of your Google account.

  3. Patrick Jackson
    October 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    1. Use Opera Mini.
    2. Stream videos on less quality.
    3. Don't indulge much in HD gaming!

  4. Kannon Y
    October 28, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I spent a lot of time figuring out different ways to minimize data usage while using a prepaid plan.

    Clearly, the best way is to disable 3G, but two questions that arise are: how can you tell if 3G is working or not? And how do we quickly enable and disable data, in case you plan on using it for emergencies only, as I do.

    To answer the first question, look at the top bar of your cell phone. The symbol differs across phones, but generally there's some kind of symbol representing the availability of a 3G connection. You will know whether or not your data is turned on by the absence of this icon.

    To answer the second question, you will want a quick method of toggling your WiFi AND 3G data connections. Turning on and off 3G is very difficult to do unless you have a widget or shortcut. There aren't any that I really like, but this particular app does the job alright.

    And here's a good app for quickly turning on and off WiFi. This is a particularly helpful app, because if you accidentally leave WiFi turned on, it will constantly search for an available network. If not are available, your battery will suffer tremendously.

  5. shaurya gupta
    October 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Just disable auto syncing in every app...delete free apps with ads....and of course disable data transfer.

  6. mohit kumar
    October 26, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Simply disable the internet on your mobile before you go to sleep.

  7. ha14
    October 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Turn Off GPRS EDGE, Disable 2G Mobile Internet on Android Phones

    Optimize data usage

    a firewall for data usage. You can put the apps you will allow to update via your cell phone network on a whitelist, the others will only update via wifi. You need root access.


  8. susendeep dutta
    October 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Besides others suggestion,you could also reduce your data usage by using Firefox browser with adblock plus addon.This blocks ads and hence reduces your data consumption.

  9. David Lee
    October 25, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Go to Settings > Accounts. In all accounts listed, select Sync and uncheck any services that you don't use on your Android device (i.e. the default browser if you use a third party one).

    Also turn off notifications so that the apps are not periodically checking in the background. It will mean that you have to manually check for missed texts, email, etc.

    Lastly, a great deal of widgets will actively use data as these are "always on." If you do not need instant availability, get rid of the widget and manually check by opening the app.

  10. Harshal Warkhede
    October 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Try unchecking location sharing (from Location and Security) as it uses internet data to send location information in the background.

  11. Loreson San Juan
    October 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    try using 3G watchdog.

    • Namatai Tuwe
      October 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you

  12. Alex Perkins
    October 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

    See about 3G Watchdog, its a neat little app that shows your usage and can stop you going over and also can give you an alert when you hit a specified usage.

  13. Saurabh Banwaskar
    October 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Don't Use softwares with ads and disable SYNC option if it is not important for you to check mail updates daily !!!!

  14. Douglas Mutay
    October 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    There are many settings and certain applications in Android which may be use you mobile data. It is difficult to catch hold of the culprits in your mobile manually but you can use an application called Onavo for Android which is an expert in capturing the data usage and might help you to deactivate those running in the background and are silently eating into your data bandwidth.
    You can get it at

    This application will allows you to restrict the internet usage by individual applications with Wi-fi. The application will be stopped from making any internet connection if you are NOT using Wi-fi saving you from unsolicited data transfer from mobile network.

    You should also check all these applications like Gmail, Yahoo mail, etc. they are always taking the liberty to update themselves anytime they need by doing regular background data sync. You should configure manually their sync setting or simply disable them to work while on Mobile data and only work while using Wi-Fi to save data usage.
    It’s the same for application updates that are high data consuming activities. Make sure that you get the updates when you are on Wi-Fi to save costs. Hope that will help!

    • Namatai Tuwe
      October 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you very much!!

  15. ahmed fouad
    October 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

    yes paied software (no -add)
    and stop net traffic if you do not use

  16. Prashant Mohta
    October 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    turn off data when you are not using it , and dont let your games keep running in background , because that will let them use your data

  17. Zayebisty Mariusz
    October 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Use apps and games without ads. This reduce usage of internet and battery

    • Namatai Tuwe
      October 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you!

  18. NamZ Holmez
    October 24, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Disable all Auto-Syncoptions and the Background data

    • Namatai Tuwe
      October 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I will try that thanks

  19. Anay Chaubal
    October 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

    disabling mobile data WILL STOP the net usage. in case it is still being used up, then three are screwing withcha! The games, if freely downloaded from the play store, will use data bytes to download advts.

    1) ask three customer support why data bytes are still being used up even though ur data is turned off. before this, ensure that data is turned off, and that you do not see the little 'e' or 'h' with the reciprocating arrows. alternatively, the arrows may appear within the network bars, dunno how it looks on ur phone, but ensure that data connection is absolutely off, and then ask three if the data usage still shows.

    2) in case you do use only limited internet on your phone, switch to a 2G network, from settings >> wireless and networks >> mobile networks >> network mode >> GSM only. This will make the data connection connect through a slower gprs / edge network. which will effectively consume lesser bytes per hour. this is a workaround in case step one above fails.

    • Namatai Tuwe
      October 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you

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