Mobile data - How to use less of your data each month
Finding yourself getting extra charges every month for your mobile data usage? It's a problem we all have...
Everyone who has a mobile phone uses it outside the house, and if you want to be able to use it anywhere, you need a mobile data plan. Relying on free public WIFI alone will leave you jumping between libraries, cafes and train stations. But how can you use less of your mobile data, without restricting the stuff you do already?
Let's find out...
Tip 1 - Restrict apps running via mobile data
You can do this on both iOS and Android devices, simply head to your application settings and toggle off any apps you don't want to receive notifications from, this will stop your apps sending you notifications in the background and save you data when you keep your 3G/4G/5G running.
Tip 2 - Turn off mobile data when you don't need it!
This tip takes a little bit of practise as a lot of mobile users are lazy, and will subconsciously forget to toggle this off. By leaving data running, even after you have switched to WIFI, you will use up your data allowance without even knowing. Background data usage is possible even when your phone is locked, so swipe off any apps in your tab history before you lock your phone off.
By doing this, you won't have to worry about the apps still running in the
background and secretly eating up your data.
Tip 3 - Disable auto-play and keep your video viewing down to 360p
Watching videos via mobile data is one of the worst things you can do when you have a limited plan. 30 minutes of HD video streaming can eat up 500 MB of data, by switching to standard quality (less than 480p), you can use up to less than a third of the data you would be eating through when streaming videos in HD 720p or 4K.
Tip 4 - Download your music, don't stream it via Apple Music, Spotify, or whatever you use
Music streaming can use up to 100 MB of data per hour, so you'll be doing yourself a big favour by downloading your songs via WIFI and playing them locally from your phone's internal storage. You can kill two birds with one stone as well, if you store your songs on your files, you can play them just like you would on your usual streaming service, without adverts, and without the additional data usage!