Even with more cellular providers offering unlimited data plans, many smartphone users find that they are concerned with the amount of data being used by their phones. Much of this data usage can be due to video or audio streaming, but a surprising amount can come from simply browsing the Internet and reading.
The Chrome browser on your Android Marshmallow phone has a ton of options that can optimize your mobile browsing experience, including something called “Data Saver” that can help reduce the amount of data that some pages use when you download them in the browser. Our guide below will show you where to find Chrome’s Data saver option so that you can turn it on and see if it’s a good option for you.
How to Enable the Data Saver Option in Chrome in Marshmallow
The steps in this article were performed on a Samsung Galaxy On5 in the Android Marshmallow operating system. This setting will typically result in a reduced amount of data usage from Web browsing, but may adversely impact your browsing experience as a result. If you find that you aren’t able to use certain sites properly, then you may need to disable the Data Saver option to proceed with your usual Web browsing habits.
Step 1: Open the Chrome browser.
Step 2: Touch the Settings menu icon at the top-right of the screen. It’s the one with three dots in a horizontal line.
Step 3: Select the Settings option.
Step 4: Choose the Data Saver option.
Step 5: Tap the button at the top-right of the screen to enable the Data Saver option. Note that the screen will change to a view where it will start tracking and showing the amount of data that you have saved with this setting.
If you are turning on the Data Saver option, then there are probably some other settings that you might be interested in that can help reduce data usage. For example, stopping apps from updating over cellular can save you a lot of data by forcing those updates to occur over Wi-Fi instead.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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