Ways To Cut Down Your Data Bill
Is the huge data bill giving you sleepless nights and affecting your monthly budget? All of us face this problem, but there are simple ways to save on data and money. These tips will help you save battery as well.
Deactivate Wi-Fi Assist
Deactivating Wi-Fi Assist, an innovative iOS 9 setting that’s facilitated by default, can help save cellular bandwidth too. Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches to cellular in the event of a poor Wi-Fi connection. You can deactivate this feature in Settings > Cellular and then tapping on Wi-Fi Assist.
Allow data compression while browsing
Chrome’s Data Saver feature, accessible on almost every major computing platform, uses Google’s servers to shrink the amount of data that gets downloaded when you visit a site. Data savings are reliant on the type of content you are trying to access. Google asserts that you can save up to 50 percent of data by allowing the feature, by tapping on Settings > Data Saver.
Do the app updates over Wi-Fi
When app updates are done over cellular data, everything slows down. The constant mobile data use also heats up your phone and drains your battery. There is a simple way to stop this, on both Android and iOS. Update your apps on Wi-Fi will help lower your mobile data usage, and save on your mobile data. Enable this feature on your phone.
Deactivate media auto-download for WhatsApp
WhatsApp consumes lot of data when auto-download is on. Luckily, you can change the settings to deactivate auto-download for images over cellular or Wi-Fi for audio and videos sent by your contacts and groups.
Change mail sync to manual
If huge attachments are consuming lot of data, Gmail’s app on Android can be switched to Sync off. The settings, edited in Menu > Settings in the Gmail app, allows you to set the time period for data that requires to be synced.
It is an App Standby, a new feature only available on Android Marshmallow devices stops apps running in background from consuming network data, sending you push notifications and consuming battery. This setting is supported by default on Android M devices, those on an earlier version can install Greenify, which allows you to put certain apps on hibernate mode.
Deactivate auto-play on Facebook and Twitter
If you are an active social media user, deactivate auto-play of videos on both these platforms can help you save on data. For Twitter, the setting can be edited from menu on the top right of the screen. Tap on Settings > General > Video autoplay, and tap on choose the Never play videos automatically option. On iOS, this setting is available in the Settings menu for Twitter. Just Tap on Video autoplay > Never play videos automatically to deactivate it.
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 5, 2016 5:12 AM UTC