- With internet connectivity becoming more prevalent across the world, the websites to have become more elaborate, containing far more media in the form of pictures and videos than ever before.
With internet connectivity becoming more prevalent across the world, the websites to have become more elaborate, containing far more media in the form of pictures and videos than ever before.
And that has only added to the website‘s appeal given that the images and videos make the sites more informative and interactive, besides making it visually more attractive as well.
Unfortunately, internet access isn’t uniform everywhere. Also, not all places enjoy the same bandwidth needed to run modern media rich websites.
It is here that data saving browsers come into the picture. Such browsers have data saving bits built-into it and can be effective in areas with low bandwidth internet is the norm.
For that reason, we made a list of top browsers that go easy on your bandwidth. Check them out below.
The Opera browser isn’t new to having data saving elements built into it. In fact, the Opera and Opera Mini were among the first to have data compression features integrated into the mobile browser.
For Windows users, there is the Turbo option that has to be enabled if you wish to save on bandwidth.
To do that, you will have to click on Settings > Control menu > Opera Turbo option. Once it’s enabled, the pages will be routed via Opera servers where the images on the webpages are compressed. Similarly, the video is optimized to run on low bandwidth.
Opera also comes with a built-in ad blocker that does a good job of keeping the bandwidth hogging ads at bay. This ensures you have a consistent and superior user experience even with less than optimum internet connection speeds.
It also comes with superior features to shut out trackers, which not only ensures better performance, you also have a safe and secure environment to carry on with your online tasks.
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The UR Browser is one of the best you can fall back on even under low bandwidth conditions. This makes it best suited for areas where internet speed isn’t consistent or remains largely below par. The browser thrives in such conditions while delivering superior performance and efficiency.
Not only does the browser helps get the job done, but it does also so while complying to the highest standards of safety and security. That makes the browser something you can really depend on even with the internet connection faltering.
The excellent ad blocking attributes of the UR Browser, as well as its ability to do away with trackers, ensure you have superior page load times compared to other browsers.
Also, with the trackers gone, you can be rest assured there isn’t anyone watching your online activities. In fact, if you are looking for a browser that is safe and secure, delivers superior performance while still being easy to use, look no further than the UR Browser.Editor's recommendation
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The UC Browser is well known for its data saving abilities. Based on the Chromium platform, the UC Browser does a good job when it comes to compressing images to save on bandwidth.
This is done via the Cloud Boost method which however has to be manually enabled for data compression to work. You can do this simply by clicking on the icon of a small rocket on the address bar followed by selecting the Enable boost now button.
This will ensure the images are sent to the UCWeb servers where they are compressed to the maximum extent without sacrificing the image quality.
You will also get to see the rocket icon animating while the images are being compressed though there are no statistics to reveal how much data you have saved.
Another highlight of the UC Browser is its superior ad blocking technology that too contributes to the speed advantage the browser has over others in low bandwidth conditions.
The Yandex browser is another one to be Chromium based and comes integrated with data saving means. In fact, this happens to be similar to the Turbo mode as seen on Opera though the difference here is that in Yandex, the mechanism gets activated automatically.
So, each time the download speeds drop below 128 Kbit/s, the Turbo mode kicks in automatically and acts to convert JPEG images to WebP.
Similarly, HTML gets Gzipped while everything is transferred from the Yandex servers in the SPDY protocol. This ensures you have speedy performance even in areas with low bandwidth. The Turbo mode gets deactivated if the internet speed is detected to be anywhere above 512 Kbit/s.
This makes for the four best browsers that come integrated with data saving features.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.