4 crafty Android apps that put data power into your hands

By: and |
New Delhi | Published: June 23, 2016 6:01:10 AM

Nowadays, most of us use social media platforms to stay in touch with pals and keep up with the happenings in our world. We also watch a lot of videos on YouTube with little regard for the data we consume. Ultimately, many of us have trouble staying within the confines of our data plans. With the help of a few crafty apps, you can wrestle a bit of data power back into your hands. Sudhir Chowdhary & Mohd Ujaley pick four data-saving apps to help you save money on your mobile bill

Nowadays, most of us use social media platforms to stay in touch with pals and keep up with the happenings in our world. We also watch a lot of videos on YouTube with little regard for the data we consume. Ultimately, many of us have trouble staying within the confines of our data plans. With the help of a few crafty apps, you can wrestle a bit of data power back into your hands. Sudhir Chowdhary
& Mohd Ujaley pick four data-saving apps to help you save money on your mobile bill.

My Data Manager

A free and simple app for Android and iOS devices that will save you money on your mobile bill. Over 11.5million users have downloaded My Data Manager, a pretty decent app to help you take control of your mobile data usage. It has a user friendly interface and several engaging features that lets a user control the monthly usage of data as per the data plan one has taken from a service provider. Once you set up the app, you will be prompted to input your plan and how much data you have, accordingly this app will reset itself. The tracking information summary provided is easy to understand. The app also let the user see apps that are consuming more data. Definitely a great tool to have on your device.

Opera Max

Many among us watch a lot of ‘snack’ videos on YouTube, or watch shows and movies on Netflix with little regard for the data we consume. Eventually, we get a rude shock when our data runs out. Opera Max, an incredibly convenient tool, can be a saviour here. What this data saving app does is that it substantially compresses all the data before sending it to your phone thus lowering the amount of data you consume. Once you activate the app, all non-encrypted data requests are sent through Opera’s compression servers that optimise images, video and website to use less data. The app alerts you to control data wasted by unused apps. Best of all, it lets you selectively block apps from using background data.

Data Usage Monitor

Data Usage Monitor is a  app for you to manage your data usage. It helps you to accurately measure your daily data traffic, and analyse the data in a way easy to understand. It also pops up warnings when you are reaching the data traffic limit, which protects you from data overuse. Once you launch the app, it
starts measuring data traffic automatically and presents the results in an easy-to-read manner. To make it simple, the app separates the usage for Wi-Fi and mobile network while displaying the graphs. A mere glance at the graphs will let the user know about the data consuming apps. Overall, the Android-specific app works very well and looks neat.

Onavo Extend

Available for both Android and iOS devices, Onavo Extend helps to get more out of the mobile data plan without changing the way you use your phone. Do this while using your favourite apps, browsing the web, and more. Basically this free app lets you control how much data you use by enabling you to control the compression while sending and viewing anything on your mobile. It compresses data and works in conjunction with a proxy compression cloud service. Actions performed on the mobile are sent to the cloud service through servers and then sent back to the phone in less than a blink of an eye. The app runs continuously in the background of the phone and directs all of  mobile data traffic through Onavo’s compression technology.

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