The latest Android OS update, Nougat, rolled out today to select phones. According to Lifehacker, it is now available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices. It will also be available for users who signed up for the beta program, like me. 🙂

One of the main features in this new OS is the mobile data saver, which I am particularly interested in. I’ve already added Data Saver to the top 5 list in my quick settings. I tested it against our free data savings app, Opera Max.
Opera Max Data Saver vs Android Nougat Data Saver

Here are my first impressions:

Blocking background mobile data with the Data Saver

What I love about the Android Nougat Data Saver is that it gives me more control over how I use my data plan, since I know that about 30% of mobile data is wasted in the background.

The feature blocks background data, while allowing me to whitelist some apps, but I still found it a bit tricky to use. In order to find out which apps are safe to include on the Unrestricted data access list, I had to navigate back to Cellular data usage and look at individual apps. Only then was it safe to pick the apps that are allowed to sync when the Data Saver is on.
Android Nougat Data Saver

How mobile data control compares between Data Saver and Opera Max
Android Nougat Data saver vs Opera Max

While the Data Saver feature will undoubtedly save me mobile data in the future, it didn’t make a big dent in my MB consumption during the short period I’ve been using it. I’m a big user of YouTube, Instagram and Slacker Radio, and I missed saving data on videos, images and streaming.

If you’re like me and spend your day on media rich apps, then you might want to try out our free data savings app. You will get more out of your mobile data plan with Opera Max now, but you can always consider updating to Android Nougat at a later stage.

What do you think of the Data Saver function in Android Nougat? 🙂

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  • the information you provide is very helpful. Thank you for sharing this informative article.

    • Anda Somodea

      Hi Peluang. Thank you so much, very glad that you found this useful. Cheers!

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  • Ionut-Catalin Marin

    Good article. I will try Opera Max.
    I usually use Opera for my laptop.

    Ionut Marin

    • Anda Somodea

      Hi Ionut. Thanks for feedback, always nice to get a desktop user to the mobile side 🙂 Let me know how your experience with Opera Max goes.

      • oluwole folowosele

        well opera has been my most utilized desktop and mobile browser. To cut it short , its the best.

  • Mak’s Gaming

    Opera Max using I have watch this video:

  • Your article nice and very informative I found my new knowledge thank you already want shering

    • Anda Somodea

      Hi Benqie, thank you for the compliment and taking the time to read the article 🙂

  • I try it for thank for share

  • Makay Chapulets

    There are only two browsers in my laptop Opera and Edge…. Opera saves battery and data (and I dont know how it does this) yesterday I browsed over two hours of youtube watching and my data usage was reading 78MB used….. How is this possible?

    • Anda Somodea

      Hi Makay. Just to make sure, are you wondering how Opera the desktop browser saves data, or how Opera Max saves data?

  • Good article. I will try Opera Max.
    I usually use Opera for my Phone.

    • Anda Somodea

      Hi Ajith. Awesome, good to hear that you will give Opera Max a try. Please keep me posted!

  • These above resources help us to save our data and time. I try Opera max this is really good. Opera max saves our money which consumes to recharging my data.

  • yenividyo.

    I try it thank for share

  • geçen yıl Very Good. I am using opera min on my Iphone6. Let me try in my phone.
    Roshani Khanna