Reducing your data usage will not only be good for your wallet but will also help to maintain the functionality of your device. Here are 10 easy ways you can avoid overage charges and speed throttling.
1. Review and reset data usage.
See which apps are consuming the most data. Besides checking your data usage on your device, you can also use third party apps like My Data Manager. Once you have an idea of what apps you use the most, reset your data usage and keep an eye on it moving forward. It is recommended to reset your data usage at least once a month.
2. Set mobile data limit and alerts.
Once this feature is set, you will be notified you when you’re nearing your limit. If you find that you are using up data too quickly, perhaps you might need to consider changing wireless plans.
3. Use company or home Wi-Fi when accessible.
If you are using a corporate device, we do not recommend using public Wi-Fi unless using a VPN because it isn’t secure. You can read more on the security risks of using public Wi-Fi in upcoming posts.
4. Disable Wi-Fi Assist.
This feature automatically uses cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor, meaning your device might be using data even when it appears connected to Wi-Fi. When this feature is enabled, your data overage can definitely sneak up on you.
5. Disable Background App Refresh and notifications.
Another feature that might be running without your knowledge is background app refresh. There may be apps that you have closed out of but are still automatically running in the background.
6. Restrict App downloads.
We recommend downloading apps while on Wi-Fi. You should also disable the feature that automatically updates your apps when the update is available.
7. Download offline maps, music, videos, shows, etc. on Wi-Fi.
Navigation apps and streaming are the two top data users. Download your maps and media before your next trip or before you disconnect from Wi-Fi.
8. Fetch mail less frequently.
As default, your mail settings are most likely set to Push. Adjust this setting to Fetch and change the interval to be less frequent or “Never.”
9. Browse Less.
Plain and simple–limit the use of your browser apps. If there are pages you’d like to visit at a later time when on Wi-Fi, Safari (on iOS) has the option to “Add to Reading List.” If you absolutely need to surf the web, we recommend using the Google Chrome browser app because it compresses data. Apps like Pocket can save offline copies of web pages, videos, and articles so you can refer to them later without having to use your data.
10. Limit use to what’s absolutely necessary.
If you’re using a corporate device, limit use to whatever is business critical or priority. Even if you are not using a corporate device, in general, it is recommended to turn off mobile/cellular data when not required.
For more tips like these, be on the lookout for our next post, “How to Prepare Your Device for Your Trip.”