Opera is a software company that is well known for its innovative Opera Browser that makes use of data compression technology to reduce the size of files downloaded on your browser. When you browse a website, you are actually downloading the pages, feature-rich websites can quickly eat up your data plan especially if you have limited megabytes.
How to Save Data with Opera Browser
If you are on a desktop browser, you can activate Opera Turbo to reduce the size of files downloaded on your device. Select the option on the drop-down menu of the top left tab.
If you are using a mobile phone, you should have Opera Mini installed on your phone, and make sure you change the image quality to “Low” under the settings. This will allow you to save data. If you choose a high image quality, you will waste a lot of data, the difference is noticeable.
Smartphones use a lot more data than standard GSM cellphones.If you have an Android mobile phone, you can minimize data usage by lowering the image quality on your Opera Mobile browser. Go to your browser, click menu on the bottom left side of your screen >> Tools >> Settings, and select a Low resolution for your images.
The data saving methods above only work for browser-based activity, they will not work on applications that you have installed on your phone. Many people are surprised how they have used so much data on their phones despite using a few applications. If you want to use an application like Facebook on your phone without consuming a lot of data, then you should log into Facebook straight from your Opera Mini browser to benefit from data compression technology. Applications like Facebook can consume a lot of data within an instant if you are not aware. It all depends on the richness of the content, is it high quality, low quality or average. New technologies like webp,a web format which strives to maximize compression while enhancing or maintaining picture quality are being adopted by entities such as Google,Facebook and many other websites. At the present moment, only Google Chrome and Opera support webp.
Opera Max for Android
The best way to save data on your Android phone is to install the Opera Max app. Compared to Facebook, Whatsapp doesn’t consume a lot of data. However, most applications (e.g. games) can consume a lot of data and leave you wondering how you used that amount of data in a short period of time. Opera Max is an application by Opera that controls the amount of data used by your apps and mobile browser. It can reduce the size of content downloaded on your phone (e.g. videos, app content , browser content and images) by more than 50%.The developers claim the app can compress a 10mb video by as much as 70%.If you are annoyed by buffering and slow web-surfing issues, Opera Max can speed up mobile video playback and improve your surfing speed.
Some of the features of Opera Max are listed below:
–See the amount of data used by each app
–See the amount of data used and saved on a daily basis
–See the amount of data used and saved every month
–Block apps which consume a lot of data
Opera Max will allow you to see apps that are using data although you aren’t using them. Just by checking the usage statistics, you will be able to take action on apps that are running on your mobile.
This data saving android app is currently available in 16 countries, and it will be rolled out to other countries in due course.