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How To Manage Your Data Bundle

 Running out of data too quickly? Here are 7 quick tips on how to resolve that, Start saving data today…  








1.   Set Data Limits And Alert 

The easiest way to monitor and control your data usage is to set the limit and alerts for your data consumption every
month.

For ios,
go to 
Settings > Cellular > Apps using
WLAN and Cellular to view your data stats. Do note that the data stats do not
reset automatically after each billing period, so don’t forget to reset it yourself after you
pay your bill each month
 for an accurate representation of
your data usage.

You could also consider using an app like My Data Manager that helps
you track your data usage. You can also set custom alarms
 for data usage limits so
you will be alerted when your data usage has exceeded the quantity of data.

For
Android 4.0 and later, go to 
Settings > Wireless &
Networks >
Data Usage (this may vary across Android skins, but it should be under
your Wireless & Networks settings). There will be a table of your data
usage over a specific period of time.

Tap on Set mobile
data limit
, and then move the black line and the red line to set the
limits. The black line represents the limit where you will receive a notification that
you’re approaching the data limit
, the red line represents the threshold where your Android device will shut off cellular data use
.

 2.  Turn Off Background Data


What you don’t know about “background data”, even if you
don’t use an app, some apps require data feeds to remain updated, such as
Instagram, Tweeter, Facebook Whatsapp, etc.

To adjust your background data settings on iOS, you’ll find
it under Settings> Cellular > Apps using WLAN & Cellular. For
Android, you’ll find the relevant settings through Settings > Wireless &
Networks > Data usage where you can limit the background data of apps.


 3.  Turn Off All Auto Update  

You be surprised at how
many people actually forget about this. 
Auto-updates could eat up hundreds of MB in just a few
minutes,
 depending on
how many out-dated apps you have. As indicated above for iOS, simply go to Settings > iTunes & App Store to turn off Apps and Updates to prevent any potential bill shocks at the end of the
month.

For Android, you’ll find the settings in the Google Play Store. Go to Google Play Store > Menu (top left) >
Settings > Auto-Update Apps.
 Here you may choose to disable auto-updates
completely or only allow auto-updates on Wi-Fi connectivity
.

4.  Download Area Maps

  

Navigation can cost you a lot of data since it relies on
constantly sending and receiving data to track your location on the map.
Luckily for Google Maps users, you can download an area of the map ahead of
time and manually navigate your way through the indicated route. Simply search
the area you want, tap More Info, and then download.

Unfortunately, this isn’t available for Apple Maps. However,
Apple users may rely on Apple Maps’ cache which doesn’t need a data connection to
function. Just load the map in full as usual on Wi-Fi, then exit your app and
turn off data connection. You’ll still be able to run the map without a data
connection. This is particularly useful at places where there is no data
connectivity or the data connection is unstable.

5.  Browse Only On Mobile Version


Besides better readability and smoother scrolling, mobile version
of websites also uses less data as they compress data from desktop versions to
make its mobile version. If you want even more efficient use of data, you could
consider using Opera Mini as your browser as it has an automatic ad blocker to
save you even more data.

6.  Compress Your Data


The Onavo Extend app that is compatible
with both Android and iOS users. Onavo may not work with streaming audio nor
video apps, but it’s efficient in reducing the impact of images and texts on your data usage.

This app gives you access to your data usage levels. Besides
the usual breakdown for which apps are
using your data the most
,
you are able to create a universal cache for all
apps
 and it also helps you manage image quality to suit your desired data-saving levels.

7.  Use The Streaming Channels That Allow 

Offline Usage

If you want to save data and
have storage space to spare, you might want to download your music and
movies. YouTube’s offline
options
 are pretty good if you have the time to download
the stuff you need on Wi-Fi. Downloading movies through mobile torrent sites are NOT advised as it often comes with viruses and other bulk your
phone can do without.


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