For those who own a smartphone, you know a big monthly expense is your cellular data, especially if you have several people in your family on the same plan. If you could somehow use less data, then you could drop down to a cheaper plan and save money.
One way to do that is to use Wi-Fi whenever possible for Internet browsing, updating apps and streaming video. However, sometimes there's no Wi-Fi around and you might need to browse picture-heavy Internet pages that take a chunk out of your data. Now Google has a solution.
In January 2014, Google introduced the Data Saver feature for its Chrome browser app. Turning on Data Saver sends your Internet traffic, excluding encrypted and incognito pages, through Google's servers. Google compresses the pages you're loading before they're sent on to you, so they use less data.
Google estimates Data Saver can cut your data use up to 50% while browsing. Now it's aiming for 70%, plus a browsing speed boost, all thanks to a simple upgrade.
The new version of Data Saver stops Chrome from loading images until you tap on them. Outside of video, images are by far the most data-intensive thing you can load while browsing, and most sites you visit are going to have plenty of them. If you don't want images completely off, Data Saver has an option to load one or two images automatically and then block the rest.
This update to Data Saver is currently rolling out to India and Indonesia, but should make its way to the U.S. version of the Chrome app in a few months. In the meantime, you can still save up to 50% on browsing data by using the regular version of Data Saver.
To turn it on, open the Chrome app and tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. Tap Settings and then scroll down to find Data Saver. Tap on it and turn it on.