Android Nougat’s “Data Saver” Mode
One of the industry trends we’ve witnessed in 2017 is the rise of the unlimited data plan, but not everybody can have or even wants this much data. With this in mind, one of the features that Google introduced with Android 7.0 Nougat is the “Data Saver” mode, designed to get the most from our precious allowance. It’s true that Data Saver can reduce the amount of precious data our devices use, but in practice the feature can accomplish even more – and the feature may be used together with other ways to reduce data use.
Let’s take a look at what the Data Saver mode does. From the name, yes; it’s designed to reduce the amount of data that our device uses when connected to a cellular data plan. It does this by stopping most applications and services from accessing data when they are in the background, including when the screen is locked. It’s easy to enable background data for individual applications, and certain Google features remain online when the device has Data Saver mode enabled, such as Android’s location services. Unless you allow them, most application won’t connect in the background – such as Gmail, Twitter and Facebook.
If you keep in touch with friends and family via Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, or other instant messaging applications, you might want to ensure that these can always connect. It’s easy to enable individual applications: first, go to the Data usage area. In here there’s an option called “Data Saver,” and in this next screen you’ll see a master toggle at the top. Under this, tapping on “Unrestricted data access” brings up a list of eligible applications on the device that can be permitted with unrestricted background data access. The Data Saver mode won’t interrupt calls or text messages, so you can always be called with the mode on. It’s also possible to add the Data Saver toggle to the notifications and quick setting toggles when you slide down from the top of the screen. You can see when the Data Saver is enabled in the system tray at the top right of your display.
In addition to reducing the amount of data your device uses when disconnected from a Wi-Fi network, Data Saver has two side effects. One is that it saves battery, because the modem is doing less. The second is that it can be used to reduce distractions, which is very handy if you are trying to get something done. You can use the Data Saver mode to stop Twitter, Facebook, email, or any other application from notifying you of activity. If you want to check your email or any other application, it will refresh when you open it.