Use less mobile data with Data Saver

To help use less mobile data on a limited data plan, you can turn on Data Saver. This mode lets most apps and services get background data only via Wi-Fi. Currently active apps and services can use mobile data.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn Data Saver on or off

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Data Saver.
  3. Turn Data Saver on or off.
    • In your status bar, when Data Saver is on, you’ll see the Data Saver icon  .
    • You’ll also see a notification at the top of your phone's Settings app.

Tip: You can add Data Saver to your settings bar. Learn how to customize Quick Settings.

Prevent apps from being interrupted when there's no Wi-Fi

Some apps and services won’t work as expected unless you let them run in the background even when you’re not using them. To let apps run in the background using mobile data, you can turn on "Unrestricted data" for those apps.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Data Saver And then Unrestricted data.
  3. Turn on the app or service you'd like to use mobile data while Data Saver is on.

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