If you use the Twitter app from a cellular data connection on your iPhone or Android device, you might worry about data usage—there are a lot of cat videos out there. Luckily, Twitter provides an easy-to-enable “data saver” mode to reduce data usage. Here’s how to turn it on.

First, open the Twitter app. In the upper-left corner of the screen, tap your profile picture (on Android) or the hamburger button (on iPhone) to open a menu.

In the menu that appears, tap “Settings and privacy.”

In Twitter settings, tap "Settings and privacy."

In “Settings and privacy,” scroll down and tap “Data usage.”

In Twitter settings, tap "Data usage."

In “Data usage,” locate the “Data saver” option and place a checkmark beside it (on Android) or flip the switch beside it (on iPhone) to turn it on.

When enabled, Twitter’s “Data saver” setting will prevent videos from playing automatically, and lower-quality images will load.

In Twitter settings, turn on "Data saver."

After that, tap the back button twice to leave Settings. Twitter’s Data saver feature is now active.

If you find yourself with a higher-bandwidth connection in the future, you can disable Data saver by revisiting Settings and privacy > Data usage and turning the “Data saver” option off. Happy tweeting!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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