At some point, we’ve all burst our mobile data limits and have had to fork out extra money to pay for the extra data we’ve used for the month.
Here are 10 ways you can stop yourself from bursting your data limit.
While Apple sure had some good intentions when they created WiFi Assist (it’s meant to keep you connected constantly when WiFi connection is poor), it can also be the cause of you bursting your mobile data.
Whether you use an iPhone or an Android, there are ways that you can set data limits so your phone alerts you when you’re either about to burst your data limit or have already burst it.
For iPhones, they’re usually in Settings > Mobile Data, and for Android, Settings > Wireless and Networks > Data Usage.
Certain apps can drain more data than others all because they still operate even when you’ve closed the app. It’s best to restrict background data by not allowing certain apps to run on mobile data. Head to Settings > Mobile Data and select the apps you’d like to restrict.
Besides using data, certain apps also feed on your location, and we all know how much data that sucks up. Turn off the location settings in Settings > Privacy > Location.
Clearing your cache means removing images or other data that your phone’s browser has already saved and your phone would have to re-download these images and data for you.
Ads in apps often take up loads of data. Whether it’s a five-second video or a banner that keeps blinking, these things take up your mobile data space and it’s best to just turn on airplane mode to avoid letting them run.
If you’re looking to compress data, use apps like Onavo Extend to give you a breakdown of apps that are using the most data and reduce the download quality of the photos in your browsers.
Some apps update themselves through mobile data so it’s best to make sure that all apps are only updating through WiFi.
Music streaming apps suck up plenty of mobile data, so it’s best not to listen to music while you’re out on the go.
By Atika Lim, Singapore Women’s Weekly, 19 May 2016
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