Pretty much everyone is on WhatsApp these nowadays, and you tend to do everything to keep yourself from saving data as much as possible. There are some nifty tips and tricks for the service, but what about reducing mobile data usage? Check out below…
1. Reduce the voice call quality
Under settings and data usage, you’ll also find a toggle called low data usage, related to call settings.By enabling this box, your WhatsApp Call quality will be reduced a tad but, in exchange, these calls won’t consume as much data.
2. Set your backups to take place over WiFi only
WhatsApp already defaults to backing up your chat logs via WiFi only, but you should still double-check this feature. To do so, you’ll need to visit the settings menu, then tap on the ”chats” option. From here, tap ”chat backup” and choose ”WiFi only” under the ”back up over” field.
3. Opt for a WhatsApp bundle
offers WhatsApp bundles for one dollar ($1) a week, making for an attractive option if you’re a heavy user. It’s worth noting, that this bundle include WhatsApp Calling and other media-heavy aspects. But it’s a cost-effective way of staying in touch with loved ones.
4. Use data management tools to monitor usage
WhatsApp has a network usage log buried in the ”data usage” field in settings. It offers a variety of interesting stats, such as number of messages sent or received, as well as various bytes sent or received. You’ll need to reset the stats weekly/monthly if you want a better idea of your usage though.
5. Disable auto-download of videos
WhatsApp allows you to automatically download videos, photos, voice notes and documents over WiFi or mobile data. WiFi isn’t a problem, but you’ll want to save your precious mobile data, so visit the settings menu, then choose ”data usage”.
From here, you’ll want to scroll to the media auto-download field and tap the when using mobile data option. You can then choose what gets automatically downloaded over mobile data. You’ll want to definitely turn off videos, as this is the easiest way to blow your mobile data allocation away.