THIS ARTICLE IS FOR SLOW INTERNET CONNECTIONS and/or DATA ROAMING
When David A. Huffman introduced data compression back in 1952 he had no idea that it would later be used to compress data from satellites in the 1970s - which did not have fast broadband connections back to earth - and he certainly didn't envision how it would be used in the 21st century. If you are on a slow-ish broadband connection (for whatever reason), then Mr Huffman's pioneering work is about to give you a turbo boost of up to 90%. (If used on a mobile phone, this will also result in up to 90% less data charges.) This is also ideal when roaming abroad and you need to reduce your data consumption!
What you will need: a free browser installed on your PC | Mac | iPhone | Android phone
Once installed, check the following 3 sections below to enable turbo/data saver; Config for Mac or PC, Config for Android phone/tablet, Config for iPhone/iPad
(With Turbo and Data saving enabled, you may also want to enable Ad blocking and Popup blocking to further reduce data consumption - also in Settings)
Config for Mac or PC
Turbo mode works by compressing the data before it travels down the internet to your device - perfect! It's already enabled on the phone/tablet apps, but for Windows and Mac computers enable turbo mode as follows:
- Start Opera browser and click the Opera menu icon (top-left)
- Choose Settings, and click Browser
- At the bottom of the settings menu tick the box "Show advanced settings"
- Now tick the box at the bottom of the settings options "Enable Opera Turbo"
Config for Android phone/tablet
Once installed, click the Opera icon in the bottom right, go to Settings, and enable Data savings
Config for iPhone/iPad
Since mid-2018 the Opera Mini app has been paused, with a new app to replace it called "Opera Touch". It has a speed boost built in by default, but we still recommend enabling Ad Blocking from the Settings menu: