How to save money on your mobile data?(5 min read)
Have you ever find your mobile data charges shooting up like anything? Or your mobile operator sends you an SMS about reaching your data limit in the first week of your billing month. This will result in additional data charges. Why waste money on additional data when there are ways to save it so that it last long until the billing month. Save money mobile data
Switch on WiFi
The first way to minimize data usage on your smartphone is to always switch your Wi-Fi on. The importance of keeping your Wi-Fi on is that it helps you connect to wireless networks where they are available like at your office. Once you are connected to a wireless network, your cellular data will not be used.
Turn off mobile data when not in use
You should always turn off your mobile data when you are not using it. There are many mobile apps that run in the background even when you are not using it. During this event, your mobile data is being drained. The best way to avoid such wastage is to switch off your mobile data when you are not using it.
Turn off automatic downloads
It is important to turn off automatic downloads if you want to save your mobile data. Nowadays all mobile operating system has an auto updates feature. If you don’t turn this feature off in your smartphone settings, your phone data will always be drained. Change this setting to WiFi only. This means your app updates will be downloaded only when you are connected to WiFi. Generally, around 18-20 apps are being updated month on month and this comprises of more than 1 GB of data.
I have a habit of updating all my apps once a month via WiFi. I accumulate all the updates and run it in the night time via wifi.
Go for unlimited data plans only
There are many data plans available which are short data tariffs. Short data plans mean lower amount of data tariffs with few days of validity. You will be charged extra once you consume up to your data limit. This type of plan is most dangerous for your pocket. You will never know when your data gets consumed, and you will keep on using it with higher data tariff. (Usually, additional usage is charged at a higher rate as compare to unlimited plans).
I have become a victim of such short data plan once. I have paid ₹ 19 for 200 MB of data as my wifi was not working so I have registered a complaint to my wifi operator. It usually takes 1-2 days to fix it. So I thought to opt for a short data plan which is sufficient for me for 2 days. But I didn’t know that it will cost me ₹ 110 over and above my data tariff. I have over consumed my data and paid higher charges for additional data.
I would suggest you to always go for unlimited data tariffs even if you are not going to consume 100% of its high-speed limit. It also gives you peace of mind that you will not be charged any extra money for your usage.
Switched off auto play
The autoplay feature on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is another data graveyard you need to eliminate. The disadvantage of the autoplay feature is that it automatically plays videos that you may not be interested in and wastes your data in the process. The solution is to disable this feature in its entirety. This can be done in the settings section of each of the social media networks.
Data usage tracker
Another way you can control data usage on your smartphone is to use data monitoring app. There are many apps available which help you to track your data usage. These apps will tell you where your data is being consumed. It will tell you how much data was used on a particular date or within a particular time frame.
This piece of information will help you to identify unnecessary usage of data which can be eliminated to save on data charges.
I am using iPhone since I have started using a smartphone, so here are some iOS specific tips you should consider to save data.
- If you are using a smartphone made by Apple like me, then you need to beware of the app store. The app store is the data graveyard on Apple devices. This is because your smartphone will automatically download updates for individual apps you installed from the app store as soon as the updates are available. In order to fix this, go to the “Settings” section on your phone and click on “iTunes & App Store.” Look for the option labeled “Use Cellular Data” and switch it off. Once this is done, the app store will only download updates when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
- Another smartphone feature that you should be careful of is the iCloud Drive. It is a data eater. Apple’s iCloud Drive enables you to save documents to iCloud, which can be accessed on any iOS device connected to the internet. This feature is very convenient, but the downside is that it consumes your smartphone data rapidly. The best way to use iCloud Drive is to set it to run on Wi-Fi only.
- If you are conscious of economizing smartphone data, then you have to set Facetime to connect to Wi-Fi only. You may be careful not to call anyone on Facetime when you are using your cellular data, but what if someone calls you? The best bet is to adjust your smartphone settings to ensure that Facetime is only enabled on Wi-Fi.
- Apple music is other smartphone data eaters you should be careful of. Select the available offline option for your favorite music tracks. This option is available on Apple music. This ensures that you don’t play the same music tracks online over and over again, thereby wasting your smartphone data.
- If you are an iPhone user, make sure you disable your Wi-Fi Assist permanently. Wi-Fi assist turns on your cell phone data when your Wi-Fi connection is poor. The implication of this is that you may be using your cellular data when you believe you are using Wi-Fi. It is a bad way to waste data.
So now don’t pay extra money for your data usage.