What mobile apps consume the most data?

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The now usual mobile devices that we all carry around most of the day are increasingly powerful, not only because of their out-of-the-box internal specifications, but also because of the importance of the apps and OS that make them work.

It is evident that this software should work, if possible, just like the hardware of these products, meaning that the programs that we use daily should offer more features as the hardware is improved. Such is the issue that in many occasions we find ourselves facing the inconvenience of having a performance that leaves a lot to be desired when trying to use the latest tools in a quite old device.

This is something that also happens regarding the mobile data that we have, depending on the data contract, as apps increasingly consume more data as time goes by. Of course, this happens because the services offered by the companies are much more affordable than in the past, with a greater bandwidth and larger amounts of data, which is something that app developers take advantage of. However, the problem arises when both elements come together, that is, apps that consume a lot of resources and a lot of data, the worst part being that they do it without us even using them.

In many cases, if we focus on the unnecessary data usage, we do not realize that there are some software programs that we typically use that cause havoc with our contract’s data, spending it unnecessarily. Therefore, we will show you down below what apps spend the most in this sense so that you can assess whether it really is worth keeping them installed or not.

We have to keep in mind that many of the apps that we are going to show you do not need to be open for them to use your data sometimes excessively, as it is enough to only turn our phone on for them to start running in the background.

It is clear that this is especially important for those who spend most of the day away from any available Wi-Fi network, meaning that they are almost constantly using their 3G/4G connection.


Whether it is looking for new contact suggestions (by updating our personal wall in the background for the moment when we run the app) or sending notifications and alerts, the social network ranks first as the most data-consuming app.


In a very similar way to the previous one, Instagram, Zuckerberg’s other great social network, also consumes a lot of data. Besides, in this case, we must take into account that most of the consumption is related to photos and videos, which is what this particular app is focused on.


Among the web browsers for mobile devices that we can choose nowadays, Mozilla’s app is the one that consumes the most data, at least until the arrival of Quantum, the brand’s project that will be released shortly. It is already in beta phase, and this browser’s version promises to optimize data consumption, among other things.

The Weather Channel

Most of us have installed an extra app besides the one that comes by default with the system in order to be properly informed about the weather forecast at all times. The Weather Channel, which is an app owned by IBM, is one of the most popular apps worldwide, and given that its focus revolves around using dynamic screens, the data consumption is constant and high compared to its competitors.


In this list, we could not miss the messaging app par excellence, WhatsApp, which nowadays is majorly used throughout the day for many things, like voice, data, exchanging multimedia files, and video calls. However, it keeps consuming data in the background even if we are not using it.


Google’s option for these tasks is the second web browser that we find in this list, although the brand is working to reduce the data consumption as much as possible because it is aware of the problems that are being caused.

DU Battery Saver

Although it might seem somewhat contradictory, DU Battery Saver has also been featured on this list based on the report made by the security firm Avast. We are talking about an app that has been designed to help us optimize the battery usage, but it does the opposite with the available mobile data.

Facebook Lite

Although this is the official light version of Mark Zuckerberg’s popular social network app, this lightness is largely focused on the space it takes up, whereas in terms of data it consumes it even when it is in the background, like its “big sister”, without being used at that moment.

Google Play Store

At the bottom of the list, we find Android’s official store, although in a way having it on the list is only logical due to the updates and improvements of the installed apps that it performs by itself.

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