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One Data-Saving Reason to Use Chrome on Android & iOS

Joel Lee 14-12-2015

Back in November, the Chrome apps for Android and iOS received a big update — and a new feature — that will surely bring joy to those who have trouble staying within data limits due to their Web browsing habit.


The new feature is called Data Saver Mode and Google claims that it can reduce data usage by to 70%. When the feature is enabled, websites will be loaded without any of their images, thus reducing the amount of data downloaded per page.


Here’s how to enable it: In the Chrome app, pull down the three-dot menu and select Settings. Navigate down to the Data Saver option and toggle it on. Return to this option page in the future to see how much data the new mode has saved you.

The process is similar for iOS devices.

It’s really as simple as that. The lack of images may bother you at first, but if your data plan is really tight, then cutting your Web browsing data usage in half is definitely worth the inconvenience. Plus, Chrome is the fastest browser What's the Fastest Android Browser? 7 Top Apps Ranked With so many Android browsers available, which are the fastest? Here are the best browser apps on Android. Read More in overall usage.


Is this enough of a reason to get you switched over to Chrome? If not, what browser do you prefer and why? Tell us about it in the comments!

Image Credit: Chrome on Android by N Azlin Sha via Shutterstock

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  1. Anonymous
    December 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    That's great! Destroy the functionality of the page while saving 70% on data!
    ...I don't use data anyway, and Firefox has lots of powerful addons that Chrome can't touch. Not changing browsers, TYVM.

    • Joel Lee
      December 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Well if you don't use data, then obviously this feature is irrelevant to you. :P It's hard to save data without affecting the integrity of a webpage, and compression can only do so much, but for people who have tight data limits (which is especially true in less developed countries), this is a much-needed feature.