As the cost of cellular data plans has dropped dramatically in recent years, Google has revealed plans to remove its Lite Mode feature in Google Chrome on Android.
First launched in 2014 as “Data Saver”, the feature was later rebranded as “Lite Mode” in 2019 and was designed to help people with slow or limited data connections.
When enabled on an Android smartphone, Lite mode would send some of a user’s web traffic through Google’s own servers before it is downloaded to their device. If the pages loaded slowly, the search giant‘s servers would simplify them so that less data was downloaded to the user’s device.
Although Lite mode helped those with less mobile data to avoid facing hefty data overage charges, the feature did not work with private browsing enabled and also prevented users from accessing pages on a local network such as an internal corporate site.
Stopping Chrome Lite mode
in a new supporting documentGoogle revealed plans to remove Chrome Lite mode with the release of Google Chrome 100 in March this year.
The feature will be disabled for those still using it on March 29, as the search giant has seen a decrease in the cost of mobile data in a number of countries in recent years. At the same time, Google also made improvements to Chrome to “further minimize data usage and improve webpage loading.”
Although Lite mode is discontinued, the company remains committed to ensuring that Chrome can deliver a fast web page loading experience on mobile in the future.
If you still want to limit the amount of data your Android smartphone uses, you can try restricting background data for individual apps in settings, limit how often apps sync and what they update , use some of your apps offline, and try using Pocket or a similar one. service to download and save web pages to read later when connected to Wi-Fi.
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