Twitter has today added a much-appreciated ‘Data Saver’ mode to its Android and iOS apps, making it easier for users with spotty connectivity to access tweets and engage in conversations.
The data-saving mode was previously available only to Twitter Lite (or Twitter mobile website) users, but was recently extended to web users through a progressive web app test.
Reduce your data usage with data saver mode on Twitter for iOS and Android.📱
When turned on, images will load in lower quality, and videos won't autoplay. When you want to view images in higher quality, tap the more icon and select "Load High Quality".
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 3, 2018
Once you’ve enabled the data saver, Twitter will drop the minimum image quality and won’t autoplay the videos in your Timeline – that can now be viewed in reverse chronological order. You will have to tap to open the image and select ‘load high quality’ option from the overflow menu if you want to see the high-res image.
Even the data sync in the background is disabled using the data saver feature. It means Twitter won’t load the latest tweets until you open the app and swipe to refresh, which is good for users who are quite conservative about their mobile data, or don’t want the Timeline to refresh on its own.
You can go ahead and download the latest app update on iOS and Android to access the data saver feature.