Today, your life is on your smartphone and If you’re not connected it’s problematic. But it’s difficult to stay connected to Wi-Fi on-the go. As a result, mobile data is a life necessity. That’s why saving data is as important as having data.
Here are 4 ways you can save your mobile data!
1: Make sure you’re using Wi-Fi
The major rule for saving mobile data is: to ALWAYS use Wi-Fi whenever you can. Be it home, work, or a coffee shop, Wi-Fi access is all around us. Use that public Wi-Fi hotspot to the best of your ability.
Even with Wi-Fi Hotspots, where you need to accept terms and conditions, the amount of data you can save can be high. However, this depends on your usage of course.
Make sure you enable the “Wi-Fi Assist/Plus” functionality on your Android or iOS device, to be connected to Wii where it’s available.
2: Set data alerts/limits
Firstly, check what your data usage is. For iOS, go to Settings, then Cellular or Mobile Data. For Android, you go to Settings, followed by Wireless & Networks, and select Data Usage or Mobile Data.
To set data limits on Android, you can select the Set Mobile Data Limit option and set alerts for when you’re using an excess of data. With a data limit, Android will shut off your mobile data functionality, so it doesn’t go over the set limit.
For iOS, use apps like My Data Manager to keep track of your usage, and set alarms when you exceed a certain amount of data.
3: Restrict your background data
Background data usage from apps installed is one of the biggest data drains. Apps can chow your mobile data when you least suspect it. Be it updates or your email syncing. Limiting your app background data is very effective for saving your mobile data.
For iOS devices, just toggle of app background data by going to Settings, under General. You then toggle Background App Refresh off. For Android, you can simply tap on App and then toggle off the Background data or select the ‘off’ option for Allow background data usage.
4: Use your maps offline
Another big demolisher of mobile data are your GPS/Navigation apps like Google Maps. One way to save yourself loads of data is to download offline maps on Google Maps.
For Android, all you need to do is load up Google Maps, search the location you want to go, click More Info, and then download the map.
The same process follows on iOS devices, except maps can be added by tapping Offline Areas, then selecting the plus icon. Following this, you can select the area, download the map and save.
With these tips, you’ll be on your way to fewer mobile data top ups. You also need to take into consideration your browsing habits and reduce bandwidth intensive tasks when on-the-go. All the above will keep you connected without any hitches.
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