How to Turn on Data Saver Mode on Your Android

  • To enable data saver mode on your Android, open the “Network & Internet” menu.
  • Data Saver stops apps from using the internet in the background, saving data and battery life.
  • Even with Data Saver turned on, you can allow certain apps to continue using internet data.

Mobile internet data can be expensive, especially if you spend a lot of time out of range of Wi-Fi signals. Things get even worse when you realize how many apps are using internet data in the background, even when they’re closed.

Luckily, Android phones have a way to reduce the internet usage of these background apps: data saver.

What is Data Saver on Android?

Data Saver is a feature built into Android phones that limits how much data your apps can use in the background when not connected to Wi-Fi.

When data saver is on and an app is running in the background, it can’t connect to the internet. That means it won’t receive updates, send you push notifications, and take none of your data. This mode is great if you’ve used up a lot of your monthly data.

It is also useful when the battery is low. Fewer apps updating in the background means less power consumption, making your phone’s battery last longer.

Some apps you are active Use could also connect less to the internet. For example, some apps may not load images until you tap them.

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Here’s how to turn it on or off.

How to turn on or off data saver mode on Android

You’ll find Data Saver grouped together with the rest of your Android device’s network settings.

1. Open your Android’s Settings app and tap Network & Internetthen data saver.

2. Tap the Use data saver Option at the top of the page to flip the switch to the right and turn it on.

The Data Saver menu on an Android phone.

Turn on the “Data saving mode” switch.

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If you want to turn it off, return to this page and flip the Use Data Saver switch to the left.

How to let apps use data in data saver mode

Some apps require constant internet access to work properly. Because of this, Data Saver allows you to exclude specific apps from the restrictions.

To allow apps to use data even when Data Saver is on, go back to the Data Saver menu and tap Unrestricted Data. You’ll see a list of all the apps on your device – find the app you want and flip the switch next to it.

The Unrestricted Data list on an Android phone.

Choose which apps you want to let use data.

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