March 16, 2015
It’s tough to take advantage of everything a device has to offer when you’re constantly worried about exceeding your data limit. But what’s the use of a mini super-computer in your hand if you can’t fully utilize it?
Luckily, there are a variety of ways to conserve your precious monthly data. With just a few tweaks to your everyday usage and device settings, it’s time to start eliminating all those data plan-related worries from your smart device experience.
Get the most out of your data plan using the series of important tips below, crafted specifically for users with iOS devices.
Check out our other posts about saving battery and data:
Use WiFi Whenever Possible
Connecting to WiFi whenever you can is one of the best ways to reduce your data plan consumption.
Just use caution when choosing an unknown WiFi network, and take note: many networks are public, unprotected and therefore unsecure; you never know who can hack into your personal information via an unsecured WiFi connection (see 7 Mobile Security Mistakes to Stop Making in 2015).
Turn Off Background Apps
Many apps are constantly running at all times, sapping battery power and data to stay updated (e.g. social media apps). In the interest of conserving data, it’s better to eliminate this data drain by disabling Background App Refresh. The truth is, if you’re frequently opening the app anyway, it won’t make a difference whether the app updates constantly in the background or just whenever it’s opened – and your data plan will benefit.
Close Apps You’re Not Using
Opening apps and failing to close them means that they’re still running in the background and using more data. Don’t let open apps build up on your phone.
Turn Off Automatic Downloads
The Automatic Downloads function allows your device to instantly download App Store, iTunes or iBooks purchases to your computers and iOS devices. While it’s great to keep all of your devices synced up, this could authorize your device to use data without first connecting to WiFi. By disabling this feature, you’ll have to manually download content to your other iOS devices, but you can make sure you’re connected to a WiFi network before starting the process.
Disable Auto-Play on Facebook
By disabling the Auto-Play function in the Facebook app, you can free up a ton of data.
Use Google Maps Offline
While the Google Maps app is a go-to for many a weary traveler, the truth is that the handy step-by-step navigation uses a massive amount of data. Luckily, the app offers a cache option for offline usage without a data connection. It won’t be the usual step-by-step guidance, but once the maps are saved, users can enjoy many Google Maps features in offline mode without an Internet connection. This is especially useful for avoiding data fees while traveling abroad or in areas with poor Internet connection.
For Google Chrome Users: Bandwidth Manager
If you often browse the Internet on your device using Google Chrome, there’s an automatic data-saving setting that could greatly benefit your data plan. It even shows you how much data it’s saving in a handy graph.
Customize Cellular Data Usage
Choose which apps should be allowed to use data even when you’re not connected to a WiFi network. This way, you can identify which apps use data and either uninstall them or restrict their data usage. A good rule of thumb: If you don’t use it, lose it.
Reset Usage Statistics
Much like the trip meter on a car, you can reset your usage statistics tracking at the beginning of each billing cycle to keep a closer eye on your monthly data and exactly where it’s going.