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Use less data with Chrome’s Data Saver

With Data Saver, you can lower your phone bill or load webpages faster on slow connections by reducing the amount of data Chrome uses.

How Data Saver works

When you use Data Saver, most of your web traffic goes through Google servers before being downloaded to your device. Less data gets downloaded to your device, because Google servers will compress it.

Data Saver won't work if you're on secure pages (addresses that start with https://) or if you're browsing in private with Incognito mode.

If you're using Data Saver, keep in mind that:

  • Some websites might have trouble finding your location.
  • Some images might look fuzzy.
  • Websites that are restricted to certain groups, like your company’s internal sites, might not load.
  • You might not be able to sign in to your mobile carrier's website.
  • Changes you made to your /etc/hosts file won't work.

To see how much data you've saved, at the top right of your browser, click Data Saver Data Saver.

"Data usage" is the amount of data that was actually used. "Data savings" is how much data was not downloaded to your device due to compression.

Turn on Data Saver

  1. Install the Data Saver extension from Chrome Web Store.
  2. Data Saver should turn on automatically. If it doesn't, at the top right of your browser, click Data Saver Data Saver.
  3. Click the checkbox.

Fix problems with data savings

If you see 0% data savings, Data Saver may not be working because Chrome is using another proxy server. To make Data Saver work, turn off the other proxy:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  5. Under the section "System," click Open proxy settings.
  6. Your computer's settings will open.
  7. Set your proxy back to the "default" or "automatic" configuration.

If you’re using an account through your work or school, your organization might restrict your device's proxy options.

Send feedback about Data Saver

If you're having problems with Data Saver on your computer, you can report the issue.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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