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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.

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

Turn data saver mode on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then Data usage and then Data saver.
  3. Turn Data saver on or off.

When data saver mode is on, you'll see the Data saver Data saver icon in your status bar and a notification at the top of your device's Settings app 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 without background data. You can let certain apps and services continue getting background data via mobile data in data saver mode.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then Data usage and then Data saver and then Unrestricted data access.
  3. Turn on the app or service you'd like to use mobile data while in data saver mode.

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