How to avoid unnecessary usage of your mobile data
In recent years, all prepaid mobile providers have focused their attention to expand and speed up their mobile data offerings. Nowadays, it’s very hard to find any prepaid mobile operator that doesn’t offer at least some kind of mobile data package, daily plans or unlimited monthly mobile data plans. Price war is raging between operators, which is great for users. And prepaid providers are not competing only about the price but also about the size of data packages offered to the customers. And with rapid development of smartphones, currently it’s all about data.
But, are you aware of how much data your smartphone is using? Even if you are on some unlimited monthly prepaid plan, still, you only have a certain amount of high speed data to use per month (depending on plan and provider). After it, your data speeds are throttled to lower speed or you are heavily charged. The problem begins when you find yourself in a situation that your data cap has exceeded, and your internet connection is so slow just a few days after your prepaid refill, even though you are sure that you haven’t used internet heavily. Guilty part for this are apps installed on you smartphone. So, how to avoid unnecessary usage of your mobile high speed data that you paid for?
- First and foremost, whenever you want to download or upload something, try to do it while you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Also, change the update settings of your Google Play Store or iOS from Auto to Wi-Fi only.
- If you are using free text messengers like Google Hangout, WhatsApp or Apple iMessage, use them only for texting. If you send or receive videos and pictures, it will burn you a lot of data.
- Stop Skype-ing. No video calls if you are not on Wi-Fi.
- Using the Social Media becomes inevitable these days, but uploading and downloading pictures and videos to Facebook, Twitter or some other Social Media sites can significantly increase your data usage.
- Music and Video streaming services are very popular but very data consuming. For music streaming normal bit rate is 320 Kbps. Translated to data usage, that is 2.4MB per minute or 115MB per hour. That’s a lot. You can imagine than data consumption for video streaming.
- If you are using Google Maps for navigation, you can save a lot of your mobile data by downloading desired map and use it offline. Here is how to download an offline map (Google instructions):
“Make sure you’re connected to the Internet and signed in to your Google account.
Open the Google Maps app.
Search for a place, like “San Francisco.”
At the bottom, touch the bar that has the name of the place you searched.
In the upper right, touch the menu.
To save the map, select Save offline map. And follow the directions on the screen.
To view your offline map, see the directions for viewing your saved maps below.”
With these few tips, you will be able to control data usage and therefore extend the life of your high speed data through the month.
Source: Google Support