How to Use Less Mobile Data

Three practical tips to help you avoid extra charges and slower service.

What do watching videos, using social media, and checking email have in common? They all eat up your data plan. Even if you have unlimited data.

The reason has to do with something tech nerds call throttling and deprioritization.

Tech terms to know:

Throttling means your internet speed will slow once you hit a certain data limit.

Deprioritization means once you reach a certain limit, your data could slow down when the network is congested with too many customers. But customers who have not reached the limit will still get high-speed access.

But don’t worry. Staying under your data limit is actually easy. Here are tips that will help you do so without sacrificing functionality or changing the way you use your phone.

Connect to Wi-Fi Whenever Possible

Make sure you connect to Wi-Fi when using data-draining features like video streaming or downloading new apps.

Customize Social Media Settings

Social media apps can use up a lot of data without you even realizing it, but you can change your app settings so they use less data.

To do this on an iPhone, open Settings and tap Cellular. Tap the switch next to each app that you want to stop using cellular data for.

On an Android, open Settings and tap Data usage > Data saver. Tap the switch to turn on Data Saver. To customize which apps you’re using Data saver for, tap Allow app while Data saver is on. Then tap the switch to turn Data saver on or off for specific apps.

Adjust Automatic Updates

Automatic app updates are great for having the latest features, but not so great for saving data.

On an Android, change your settings in Google Play to only update apps over Wi-Fi. Open the Google Play Store . Tap Settings > Auto-update apps, and select Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.

On an iPhone, open Settings and tap iTunes & App Store. Turn off the switch for Use Cellular Data.

Now you can browse, share, and download like you always do—while worrying less about your data usage. If you need help adjusting any of your data settings, get in touch with us. We’re here to help.

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