Being amid a pandemic and not having anything better to do to pass the time other than swiping right on Tinder or looking at cat memes all day - it's hard not to get sucked into the black hole we call social media.

It's even harder to limit your mobile data usage when you have a plethora of entertainment readily available at your fingertips. One really must be cautious with how they choose to use their data these days. Why? You can be a penny pincher and still burn through your monthly data allocation much faster than expected.

Have you ever wondered where your mobile data is disappearing to?

The culprit could be those data-hungry apps on your phone running in the background without your consent.

What is background data?

Mobile Apps, by default, are configured to refresh their feeds continuously. So when you open an application such as Facebook, the latest content is readily available for you. As convenient as this may seem, it sure is one way to chow all your data unintentionally.

Here are 4 easy steps to restrict background apps for Android and iOS:

Steps for Android:

1. Open your phone's settings.

2. Navigate to Mobile Data Usage.

3. Tap on the application you would like to restrict background data.

4. Turn off background data usage.

Steps for iOS:

Apple user interface refers to background data as “Background App Refresh

1. Navigate to settings.

2. Tap on General.

3. Tap on Background App Refresh.

4. Turn off Background App Refresh.

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