Presenting the New Opera Max Data Savings App
Article by George Norman
On 03 Feb 2014
When you have a limited data plan, it pays to not waste data. The Opera Max app can help you with this task.

This new, free, user friendly, Opera Software-developed app (still in Beta) can save data by compressing video, images and text. Thanks to Opera Max you can browse the web or use your favorite apps and use less of your data plan.


I have a limited data plan for my Android and consequently, I try to use as little of it as I can. If I can connect to a WiFi network, that’s great. If I don’t have that option, if I have to use my mobile plan to access the web, then I try to get things done rapidly and not waste my data. If you’re in the same situation, you are going to like what comes next.

Opera Software, the Norwegian developer behind the Opera web browser, is working on a data savings app called Opera Max. This app uses a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to compress video, images and text used by your Android device. When Opera Max is enabled, all non encrypted data requests are sent through Opera Software’s compression servers – consequently videos, images, and websites are optimized to use less data. The app tells you how much data you use and how much data you’ve saved.

Opera Max – Main Features
  • Compress HTTP non-encrypted data usage. Redirect all non encrypted data requests through Opera’s compression servers and optimize videos, images, and websites to use less data.
  • View how much data you use and how much data you’ve saved.
  • View which applications use the most data.

So the good news is that you can use Opera Max to use less data, something that’s great when if you have a limited data plan and you want to stretch it out.

The bad news is that Opera Max is not ready for the public. The app is in Beta since December 2013 and is only available for Android users in the US. If you have an Android device, you’re from the US, and you want to Beta test Opera Max, you can join the beta test (instructions here and here). If not, you’ll have to wait for Opera Max to become generally available. Hopefully that will not take long.

Tags: Opera Software, Opera Max, Android, app, Google, Beta
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