Tech: Tips and tricks to reduce WhatsApp mobile data usage

Updated: Dec 21, 2016, 10:10 IST | mid-day online correspondent

There are certain means by which WhatsApp users can reduce or control the amount of mobile data consumption on their phones

 Tech: Tips and tricks to reduce WhatsApp mobile data usage

Though WhatsApp is economical and does not involve additional charges, yet users say that auto downloading of media files and documents in the messenger consumes lot of mobile data. However, there are certain means by which WhatsApp users can reduce or control the amount of mobile data consumption on their phones.

Firstly, disabling auto download of files including both videos and images can save lot of mobile data. To enable this feature, users need to go to Settings and tap on the ‘when using mobile data’ option under the ‘media auto-download’ field. Users can then choose what files they want to download automatically and what files they do not want to. Videos can be restricted from being downloaded automatically because these consume lot of data.

If users are connected to number of groups on WhatsApp, then he can also turn of auto download of photos. Group chats get flooded with photos and videos with multiple members sharing multiple images and videos from time to time. Data management tool on smartphones can be used to keep a track of mobile data consumption on WhatsApp.

Apart from the data management tool in smartphones, WhatsApp itself network usage log inside the ‘data usage’ section. Users can go to that section and find out how much bytes have been consumed sent and received messages. To keep this option active all the time, users simply need to reset the statistics every week or month to get a fresh update on usage pattern.

Call setting can also be modified under WhatsApp voice call feature. There is a ‘low data usage’ option under settings and data usage section. Though making this option active reduce call clarity to some extent, but it saves data consumption. Finally, backup of messages should be done only when the user is in a WiFi zone.
Following these steps can help WhatsApp users to save data on the phone and at the same time indulge in the fun of instant messaging.

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