Thursday, March 30, 2017

How to Reduce Data Usage on Facebook for Android

Reduce Facebook data usage
Have you ever wondered how you can reduce the Facebook app data consumption? Have you ever wondered how you can use Facebook for free?
If your answer to the questions above is yes, then this article is for you.

If you are very observant you'll notice that Facebook app is one of the highest data guzzler app on your Android phone. It can make you burn through your monthly data plan in a matter of days if you aren't careful.

Sure, you could probably subscribe for another data plan, but who wants to do that? Before you fork over your hard-earned money, here are some tricks for limiting or reducing your data usage.
There's also an app that allows you to access Facebook for free.
First you need to know how to check your data usage.

How to Check Your Data Usage on Android

You can check your current month's mobile data usage right from your Android phone.
Navigate to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage. (for older devices)
Navigate to Settings > Data Usage. (for Android lollipop and up) . You'll see a screen that looks something like the screenshot below.

If you scroll down you will see the mobile data usage of each app on your Android phone. You will see data usage for both foreground and background data. You can restrict the background data of each app.

How to Reduce Facebook Data Usage

  1. Restrict Facebook background data: there are two kinds of data that use up your data on Android. First, there is the foreground data this is the kind of data that you are directly using yourself, when you launch the Facebook app and browse through photos and watch videos. This consumes the largest amount of data.
To reduce the foreground data you just have to reduce the number of images and videos you watch.

The second type of data is the background data Facebook notifications uses background data. You'll be amazed if you know the amount of data that your face book app uses.

How To restrict background data

  • Navigate to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage. (for older devices)
  • Navigate to Settings > Data Usage. (for Android lollipop and up) .
  • Scroll down till you see Facebook.
  • Tap on it.
  • Toggle Restrict app background data. Toggle it on with the Slider on the right. 
Screenshot how to restrict background data android

2. You can also reduce Facebook data usage by turning off video auto play and disabling HD photos

How to Turn off Facebook Video Auto Play

It's obvious that videos consumes a lot of data. HD photos also consumes a lot of data. To help reduce your data usage, you have to disable video auto play. You also have to disable HD pictures and videos upload.
To turn these features off,
  • Tap on the Facebook app menu at the top right of the app.
  • Scroll down to app settings then scroll down some more.
  • You should see "Upload photos in HD" and "Upload videos in HD" and "auto play".
  • Toggle off "upload photos in HD" and "upload videos in HD" by using the slider on the right.
  • Tap on auto play and enable "Never Auto-play videos"

Facebook app menu and settings

Disable Facebook auto play

3. You can also reduce your data usage by enabling data saver

How to enable data saver

Data saver mode reduces image size and disables video auto-play. To enable the data saver mode
  • Tap on the Facebook app menu at the top right of the app.
  • Scroll down to data saver
  • Turn it on.

4. You can also use a third party app recommended by Facebook to reduce your mobile data. To access the app,:
  • Tap on the Facebook app menu at the top right of the app.
  • Scroll down to Mobile Data
  • Scroll down to tap on it
  • You should see Install protect. Tap on Install you will be directed to the Google play Store

5. You can reduce Facebook data consumption by using Facebook Lite.
Facebook Lite is a lightweight app by Facebook. It was developed to solve the data issue of the main Facebook app. It also works faster for people with slower connections.

6. Another way to reduce Facebook data consumption is to use Facebook on mobile browsers like Opera mini or UC Browser Mini.

How to use Facebook for free

7. You can also use Facebook without incurring any data charges. You can use free basics. An innovation by Facebook and some telecommunications networks. You can access selected websites free of charge on Airtel and Etisalat by using free basics.
To use Facebook free just tap on the purple box labelled "Goto free" at the top right corner of your Facebook.
It should be noted that free basics only appear on the app if you are browsing with a SIM from the supported networks. (Airtel and Etisalat) in Nigeria.

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