South African mobile users can save up to 30% of their data if they better managed apps like Google Drive, Facebook Messenger, and Gmail.
This is according to Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of SA (Waspa) general manager Ilonka Badenhorst.
The 30% figure is based on a recent study from Opera which found that 30% of all data is used by apps running in the background.
A 2014 study by Internet.org found that only half of Africans could afford more than 20MB of data a month.
With Africans continuing to adopt smartphones that are data-hungry, compression technology is becoming increasingly relevant, said Waspa.
“Apps are automatically updating and fetching new content users haven’t requested. Our advice to mobile users is to disable automatic app updates in Settings,” said Badenhorst.
Badenhorst said there are many applications available that manage the background data usage of other apps.