Back in those days, smartphone plans were all about the number of calls minutes/sms and was unlimited. Now, unlimited data plans are so expensive that most of us get pissed off when the data limit exceeded alerts come in.
Carriers have realized all we want is data, and they have taken advantage of it by making data downright expensive. This article should help you with tips and guides to keep an eye on your data usage to avoid wasting data you shouldn’t.
Android User Cut Back on Android Data Use With These 5 Tips
1. Use Wi-Fi Whenever You Can
Wherever you are, be it in the home, or at the office, high chances are you can switch from your mobile data connection to Wi-Fi. Make a conscious effort to switch to a wireless connection whenever possible.
Simply navigate to the Wi-Fi section of your phone settings and turn it on. Once it’s turned on, you will automatically be connected once you’re in range. If you’re concerned about your battery, use an IF by IFTTT recipe to automatically turn on or off your Wi-Fi in certain locations.
2. Restrict Background Data
One of the main data and battery drains is background syncing. Background data encapsulates all the internet traffic activities that go on when you’re not using an app – e.g contact syncing, weather updates, push notifications, etc. You can set your apps to make use of data only when you open them or reduce the number of push notifications.
In Android, you can restrict all background data in Settings > Data Usage > Options and turn Restrict Background Usage off. To restrict individual applications, navigate to Settings > Data Usage, select the app, and toggle on “Restrict cellular data access”. This means background data will be active only when the device is connected to a wireless access point.
3. Compress Your Data
There are several browsers and applications which help to compress your data and potentially save your data plan extensively. They mostly reduce the size of images and text transmitted, but some others compress videos as well.
4. Block Ads
Ads are not only annoying, but they consume lots of data too. Try to turn off your data before launching apps with ads or consider purchasing ad-free versions of your apps. For those who surf the internet a lot, check out any of these adblockers in the Play Store.
5. Consider Other File Sharing Methods
We get so used to the internet that we forget traditional ways of sharing data. Sending/receiving photos and videos can consume lots and lots of data.
Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi direct are just one of the money ways you can quickly and easily send (large) files to others around you without using any data. Xender and SHAREit can easily help you send or receive files with ease.
Which other ways can you cut back on your data? Share your suggestions with us.