Android devices have plenty of apps and games to keep you entertained, but if you want to really enjoy your phone’s experience, there are two thing you need to watch out for, battery and data; the former so you can enjoy games and apps longer and the latter so you won’t have to regret buying the phone when you look at the data bill.
If you don’t want to be carrying around a power bank with you, here are a few tips to reduce your data usage:
Most data is used by apps, browsing doesn’t account for most of the data. Backup apps, for example Dropbox, have to upload your data, which sometimes may be a lot. To limit their consumption, you could restrict uploads to Wi-Fi only, while some apps such as Google Drive provide an option to upload reduced size pictures and videos. This means you may not get the high resolution pictures and videos you took, but you can still be confident your data is secure.
Another neat trick I found to limit data usage is switching to 2G networks, or 3G instead of 4G. When you’ve got a very fast connection, chances are more data will be exchanged, and the cost revolves back to you. By limiting the speed, you ensure less data is transferred over your network. Don’t worry, it is still possible to browse regular websites, even on 2G.
Am I the only one who’s frustrated by development in battery capacity? It seems faster processors and GPUs are cropping up every year yet batteries remain relatively the same. Hopefully, in the future, we’ll have batteries that last for days; but for now let’s make do with what we’ve got.
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