Lower Data Usage on Your Smartphone

Are you really worried about the billing cycle of the amount of the data you are burning through on your smartphones?

This article will help you a lot to get rid off all these tensions.

Check out the following tips which can keep your data usage under control.

Free texting applications

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Your Text messages that you think are “free” might actually be exhausting  your data. Whether you use Apple iMessage, Google Hangouts, or a third-party app like TextFree or WhatsApp, texting applications have the likely to consume a lot of data. If you’re sending only text-based messages, you have little to worry about—but you’re going to flash a lot of data texting pictures and videos.

Facebook videos

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If you are using  Facebook on your phone, you may be using more data than you think. If a friend posts a video in their newsfeed, you may notice it sometimes plays automatically when you scroll past it. Guess what that does? Yep—eats data. Fortunately, you can turn this auto-play function off. Here’s how:

For Android users:

 

Open Facebook and go to Settings.

Change Videos Auto-play to Off. You can also set it to Wi-Fi Only, so they’ll only play when you’re connected to your Wi-Fi.

 

For iOS users:

 

Go to Settings. Tap Facebook and go to Settings.

Under Video, you can set Auto-play to Off or Wi-Fi Only.

 

Other social networking apps may have comparable settings. Instagram, for example, has a setting to only pre-load videos while on Wi-Fi. Keep in mind uploading videos to social networks can burn just as much data as watching them, so you might want to wait until you’re connected to Wi-Fi before sharing your stuff.

Streaming music

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Streaming music is a great way to listen to your favorite tunes on the go, but even free music-streaming applications diminish data very quickly.

Apps like Spotify and Pandora can burn through nearly 1MB per minute. If you have a 2GB data plan, that gives you little more than just an hour per day listening time a month—and that’s only if you don’t waste data using anything else.

So the best way to listen to listen music is when you are connected with wifi

Freeze the background

You may be using a lot of data if you have apps and services continually running and updating in the background. Just one app or service probably won’t use that much—but more than one can quickly add up to a data burn. Some apps and services, such as email and Facebook, are continually checking for updates. Fortunately, you can turn off background app refresh for just some or all your apps and services.

On an iOS device:

 

Go to Settings and tap General.

Tap Background App Refresh.

Here, you can tap the master switch and turn background refresh off for all services and apps, or you can scroll through the list and select the programs you want to refresh in the background.

iOS 8 also has the option to disable apps from using cellular data entirely. In Settings, go into Cellular, and from there you can swtich on and off which apps may use mobile data.

 

On an Android device:

 

Tap Settings and select Data Usage.

Scroll down to see how much data each app has deplete, and click on it to see more information. If you want it to stop refreshing in the background, check the Restrict Background Data box.

If you’d like for the phone to not use any data at all in the background, you can also check the Restrict Background Data box from the Data Usage menu. Keep in mind that this will also halt notifications of messages and emails coming in until you open the app.

 

Keep in mind that these tips will only help reduce data usage; they won’t guarantee that you will always be under your cap. Be sure to keep an eye on that data counter and adjust accordingly.

 

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