It can be easy to take our phones for granted, but when you step back and think about it, it’s quite remarkable what they are capable of. Even a single application, such as Google Chrome, puts the entire Internet in your pocket so you can search and browse at any time.
You can do a lot with Google Chrome, reading the news, checking Twitter, and shopping online. However, all of these activities require data, and if you try to reduce the amount of mobile data you use during the month, you may find that Chrome consumes a lot.
In addition to just monitoring how much you’re there, Google Chrome has a built-in tool that helps you use as little data as possible when using the app. Even better, activating it takes only a few seconds.
How to use less data in Google Chrome on Android
If you’re ready to start using less data in Google Chrome on your Android phone, you need to activate something called “Lite mode”. Here are the steps to get there.
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- Open Google Chrome on your Android phone.
- Press the three points in the upper right corner.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Tap simplified mode.
Press the to toggle to turn it on.
As shown in the screenshot above:
When Lite mode is enabled, Chrome uses Google servers to speed up page loading. Lite mode rewrites very slow pages to load only essential content.
Google says that Lite mode uses up to 60% less data compared to using the app with it turned off, which represents a substantial savings rate. However, it should be kept in mind that Lite mode does not work if you are browsing the incognito tabs.
Once Lite mode is activated, Google makes it very easy to see exactly how much data you’ve saved using the feature. At any time, press the three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome. You will see a new section at the bottom of the context list showing the amount of data you have saved, and pressing it will take you to Lite mode settings where you can see more details on how Lite mode works in the Context.