Most, if not all internet users have been complaining about their data bundles finishing too fast, and many of these users are not heavy internet users, but still it happens. WHY?
The reason is that some Apps are cuprites; these Apps are behind the unwarranted data consumption.
These Apps are; WhatsApp, Google Playstore and Youtube, all these apps are system apps (Preinstall on Android devices) and there are default settings in these apps that if not controlled, will make life unbearable for Android users.
Below are the steps on how to stop these apps from consuming your data unnecessarily.
Step 1: Open your WhatsApp and click on the 3 dots at the top right corner
Step 2: Scroll down and click on settings
Step 3: Click on Data and storage usage
Step 4: Go down to Media auto-download
Step 5: Click on “when using mobile data”, a popup will appear, showing all options checked, UNCHECK all the check boxes and click OK.
Step 6: Next, click on “When connected on Wi-Fi”, a popup will appear, showing all options checked, UNCHECK all the check boxes and click OK
Step 7: Again, click on “When roaming”, a popup will appear, showing all options checked, UNCHECK all the check boxes and click OK.
Step 8: Click on “Low data usage” under “Call settings”, and set On.
All these settings will stop WhatsApp from automatically downloading videos, images and other files to your device, which finishes your data unknowingly.
Congratulations! You have successfully stopped WhatsApp from consuming your data
Playstore is one of the reasons your data finishes very fast, in default, it is set to automatically update all Apps on your device, according to GOOGLE, it is to avail you with best user experience.
But I recommend, none of these Apps should be allow doing such, this is because, sometimes you may not have enough data, and you might intend to use the remaining data for something crucial, but if an App starts updating without you knowledge, it will exhausts the data, you won’t finish what you are doing, and the App too won’t complete updating, which sometimes ends up making it to stop working, until you update it fully.
To stop this;
Step 1: Open your phone menu and click “Play Store”
Step 2: Click on the 3 lines on the top left to show side menu
Step 3: Scroll and click on “Settings”
Step 4: Click on “Auto-udate apps” a popup will appear, showing 3 options, choose “Don’t auto-update apps” and click DONE.
Step 5: Click on “Auto-play videos” a popup will appear, showing 3 options, choose “Don’t auto-update apps” and click DONE.
Congratulations! You have successfully stopped Play Store from consuming your data
They say, nothing is free and that principle applies here too. There is a Youtube option that allows users to download a video and watch offline as many times as they want, provided they connect to internet, at least once in 29 days. Videos downloaded in this way doesn’t appear in your gallery, rather they are in Youtube library.
I discovered lately that these videos update themselves when you are connected to the internet, thereby, consuming same amount of data over and over, as they were first downloaded.
There are chances that, you have such videos on your phone, either downloaded by a previous user or even you, unknowingly.
To reset this;
Step 1: Click your phone menu and locate YouTube and click on it
Step 2: Scroll down and click on “Library”
Step 3:Click and hold the available offline videos.
Step 4: Click “Delete”, and boom, you have just saved yourself from auto data wipes.
Congratulations! You have successfully stopped Youtube from consuming your data.
Meanwhile, there is a better way of downloading Youtube videos, which will appear in your gallery, and can be shared with others, or even transfer to you computer, but that will be laid out in the next tutorial, so click that follow button, so you can get notified when that tutorial is written.
Note that, there might be variations, due to phone make, Android operating system version, theme activated on device e.t.c!