How to stop Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat from consuming your mobile data

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The cost of mobile data has been drastically coming down but still, when you are using social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, you’re consuming lots of mobile data while downloading and uploading videos, images and text messages. There are still many regions in the world where people have to pay through their noses in order to access the Internet and especially social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat from their mobile phones and end up consuming lots of mobile data.

Letting the social networking websites have their way, actually, it doesn’t just consume your mobile data, it also fills up your hard disk. For example, your contacts on Snapchat, Instagram and even WhatsApp are constantly sending you images and videos (and emojis). Although all they want to do is share something good with you and entertain you or amuse you or inform you, they don’t realise that they are consuming your mobile data (unless you are using unlimited Wi-Fi) or clogging up your mobile device.

Listed below are some ways you can stop these social networking websites from consuming your mobile data in hordes:

Saving your mobile data when using Instagram

Using Instagram may require lots of mobile data because most of the time you are either downloading images and videos to watch or uploading them. But you don’t want to see every image or video. You can change settings in Instagram so that videos are not preloaded. Just tap on the person icon at the bottom right corner and go to settings. From there go to Cellular Data Use and then switch on Use Less Data. After this setting is turned on you will be using less mobile data.

Saving your mobile data when using Twitter

If you are a heavy Twitter user most probably you are texting but you might be following many who are constantly uploading images and videos and this way you might be consuming lots of mobile data when you are not  on Wi-Fi. Tap on Me, than go to Settings and then go to Data. There is a Video autoplay option. For this option, tap on Wi-Fi only.

Saving mobile data when using Snapchat

There is a Travel Mode in Snapchat that stops your Stories from automatically loading when you are using mobile data. The Stories will only be loaded when you tap individual stories. But you will need to switch on this feature (it’s a pity that it is not turned on by default). Click the Ghost icon and go to Settings. From there Go to Manage Preferences and then swich on Travel Mode. You will be able to save lots of mobile data when using Snapchat this way.

Saving mobile data when using Facebook

You may end up using lots of mobile data when using Facebook because all sorts of content is posted regularly on your timeline. You might not be using social networking apps like Instagram, Snapchat and even Twitter, but you might definitely be using Facebook if you have a smartphone. The settings in the Facebook app allow you to turn off auto playing videos when you are not using a Wi-Fi network. All you have to do is, go to your Settings and then Account Settings and then Videos and Photos and then Autoplay and under this section, switch on Autoplay on Wi-Fi Connections Only.

Saving mobile data when using WhatsApp

WhatsApp also allows you to be selective when autoloading images and videos. Just start WhatsApp and when you are on the Chats tab, go to Settings by tapping on the 3 dots on extreme right at the top. After clicking Settings go to “Data usage”. In the “Media auto-download” you can decide when not to download videos and images.

So these are a few ways you can save your mobile data while using social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

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Sarah is a technology buff. Not uptight about her writing skills, but when it comes to covering technology, she is a no holds barred writer.

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