Useful Tips to Make Your PC’s Browser Use Less Data When Tethering

By: Brooke M. Perry

You might have come across situations, where your hotel isn’t offering you a Wi-Fi connectivity to manage your important online tasks. Sometimes, your home network or cabled LAN connection uncertainly stops responding, leaving you worried and frustrated during crucial work hours. Tethering is an ideal solution to deal with such situations however the data speed will be a bit slow as mobile devices usually run on low bandwidth plans.

Popular websites have already launched desktop as well as mobile versions of the content to ensure their faster loading on mobile devices as well as PCs. Desktop version websites are developed for broadband connections that are capable of managing larger data usage. Efficient decisions are required while tethering your computer to a Smartphone as Internet will be operating on a low bandwidth plan. The tethering process can easily help you overcome above mentioned situations immediately by providing instant access to the Internet, but the data speed will be limited.

Go through this article to know about some useful tips that can help you make your PC’s browser use less data bandwidth while seeking Internet connectivity through tethering process.

1. Disable web page images

Images look beautiful on a webpage, but they take up a considerable amount of bandwidth to display themselves. PNG images are easy to load and are relatively less large than HD, GIFs, Jpegs images, and professionally clicked and edited images. It’s quite clear that the more pictures a web page will carry, the more time it will take to load and the more bandwidth it will consume. Hence, it is recommended to prevent your browser from loading images automatically as most websites can be used without images. To do the same in different browsers, just follow these steps:

Firefox:Open the ‘Options’ window, click on the ‘Content’ icon, and uncheck ‘Load images automatically’ option to bring the change in action.
Chrome:Go to the ‘Settings’ screen, click on the ‘Show advanced settings’ button located at the bottom, and then click on the ‘Content Settings’ button, under ‘Privacy’ section. Select the ‘Do not show any images’ option to disable web page images in Google Chrome.
Opera:Go to the ‘Preferences’ window, click on the ‘Webpages’ tab, and select the ‘No Images in the Images box’ option to stop Opera from loading web page images automatically.
Internet Explorer:Access the ‘Internet Options’ window, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab, locate the ‘Multimedia section,’ and uncheck the ‘Show pictures’ option.

2. Request for mobile websites

Mobile websites often use less bandwidth, hence, it is always recommended to use such version of website while using Internet through tethering process. Many of you might not be aware of the fact that mobile versions of websites have been specially developed for higher portal response, minimal load times, and negligible data consumption. Users can choose to use the mobile versions of websites by changing the browser’s user agent to a mobile service.

Although, its acceptable that mobile versions will also make poor use of your larger screen space, but it will save a lot of time, and data that can be eaten up by the full desktop versions. To request the browser for providing the access to mobile websites, just change your browser’s user agent to a Smartphone or tablet user agent.

3. Disabling automatic browser updates

Your technicians, PC managers, tech experts, and even some good tech geeks might have recommended you to update your browser regularly by opting for the automatic updates feature. Using this feature is an ideal way of doing this, but you don’t want your browser to download a large update while using your mobile data pack. To disable this feature for a limited time period, follow the below mentioned steps in these browsers:

Firefox:Go to the ‘Options’ screen, click on the ‘Advanced’ option, select the ‘Update’ tab, and temporarily disable automatic updates.

Chrome:You can easily find instructions for disabling Google Update on Windows by Google Search.

Internet Explorer:Internet Explorer updates itself through Windows Update hence, you will require to make changes in the Windows Update’s settings.

Opera:Open the ‘Preferences’ window, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab, select the ‘Security’ option, and select the ‘Notify me about available updates setting’ in the Auto-update box.

Note:You should enable automatic updates once you have access to a proper Internet connection to avoid security breaches.

4. Enable ‘Click-to-play’ Plug-ins

Many websites are filled with content that falls under videos or advertisements categories. Such content requires an embedded Flash player to run the videos, which consume a large section of your data pack. Since, the Flash content is fairly large in size, you will require to prevent it from loading by enabling the click-to-play plug-in feature in your browser.

Whenever you visit a web page containing content that needs plug-ins, clicking the placeholder image will allow the content to download and play. But once you’ve enabled the ‘click-to-play’ plug-in, then such content won’t run automatically and will actually ask for permission to view them. You can easily find the steps to enable this feature in many popular browsers by searching for it with Google Search.

5. Use Opera’s Turbo (only available in Opera)

Opera Turbo is a unique feature of Opera, which lets you to route web pages you visit through Opera’s web optimization proxy. The proxy optimization process compresses the web page content and shrink it to the lowest level, thus, making them consume less bandwidth. The working experience will be quite similar to Opera Mini, one of Opera’s mobile browsers. To enable this feature, simply click on the ‘Opera Turbo’ icon located at the bottom of the Opera browser window and select ‘Enable Opera Turbo’ option.

The above mentioned tips will help you to save some MB of data while using an Internet connection through tethering process. Apart from this, disabling running updates, visiting websites with more text less images, accessing only those websites that are required urgently, and turning off data-hungry applications will also save some bandwidth. It is important to know that Opera will never route secure HTTPS pages through their proxy for maintaining optimal security and privacy of your sensitive data. Choose the options that suit you most and apply immediately, if using your mobile data pack for running Internet on your PCs.

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Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphone

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