How to stop Instagram chewing up all your data

Your passion for glancing at images is chewing up more data than you realise.

Instagram has become one of the most popular Apps for mobile devices. And like so many of the high-usage games, the dopamine effect means Insta-addicts (as they are known) look at their account dozens of times a day.

While the addiction is a topic for another day, the real problem with regularly checking your friend’s or favourite’s images, is the hidden battery and data usage. This occurs as soon as you open an account to view the images. Behind the scene, below the fold, Instagram preloads all the images and videos in the account you are viewing.

Regardless of how many images or videos you view in an account, you will pay for all the data loaded while you view the account. This quickly chews up your data plan and uses battery life.

But there is a simple way to stop it. You need to make a change to the default settings in your account. Here’s how:

  • From the Instagram main feed, click/tap Profile and click/tap the Settings icon in the top right corner.
  • Scroll down to Settings and click/tap Mobile Data Use.
  • Click/tap Use Less Data.

Now you’re using less data – it’s that easy. Instagram warns it may affect your experience in the time it takes to load images and videos, but you’ll most likely not notice any significant change.

Happy snapping and enjoy your extra data.