Are you a Facebook addict? Aside from needing to break the addiction as soon as possible (seriously, it’s not a healthy way to live your life), you should give some serious consideration to your data usage. Facebook like other apps just loves to use data – even when you are not looking at the app.
If you’ve had a few “shock” bills from your carrier, Facebook could be to blame. Between high-resolution images and auto-playing videos, the app can burn through data in no time.
Of course, you can turn off auto-playing videos by going to More (the three horizontal lines in the top right-hand corner of the screen) > Help and Settings > App Settings > Auto-play.
But there’s a better way: use the Data Saver tool.
What Does Data Saver Do?
Data Saver not only prevents videos from playing automatically but importantly, it also reduces the resolution of any images in your feed.
To set it up, head to the More menu in the top right-hand corner or your screen. Scroll down until you find Data Saver. It’s in the Help and Settings section.
On the next screen, make sure you slide the toggle next to Data Saver on into the On position. When you enable the setting, a new option will appear. It allows you to disable the Data Saver feature while you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Other Options to Save Data
To further reduce your data usage, there are a couple of other hidden settings you might find useful.
Go to More > App Settings and turn off the toggles next to Upload photos in HD and Upload videos in HD.
As a last resort, you can install Mobile Protect. Navigate to More > Mobile Data to get started.