Monday, July 7, 2014

5 TIPS ON HOW TO CURB DATA CONSUMPTION

DON'T LET YOUR BROWSING HABITS GET THE BEST OF YOU

Let's face it, nobody likes to get slapped with a huge bill at the end of the month when it comes to data usage. Obviously with capped data plans this sort of problem can be controlled but with the amount of things smartphones are capable of doing in this day and age and the fast pace at which we live our lives we often tend to forget that we're not on a Wi-Fi network, and no we are not browsing for free! But, like with most things in lifewhere there is a will there is a way, so with a little bit of willpower and these 5 neat tips you'll be well on your way to managing your data consumption:

1) KEEP TRACK OF YOUR DATA USAGE

Android users can download a number of great data monitoring apps like My Data Manager, Onavo Count, Data Usage Defender or 3G Watchdog. Use these apps to track your data usage to avoid additional charges on your monthly bill and understand which of your apps are draining the most of your data and help you manage it so you can start saving more today!

Curb your data

2) NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE IN HD

Users that love to stream video from their mobiles (which means most of us) should consider choosing viewing video with lower resolution to help keep the data monster in check. Granted the quality will take a hit but then again that's what Wi-Fi is there for. A lot of these video streaming sites like Youtube also come jammed with ads that slow loading times for pages. Get around this with ad block software such as Adblock Plus, NoRoot Ad-Remover or TrustGo Ad Detector and get rid of those pesky ads. Happy watching everyone.

3) REFRAIN FROM DOWNLOADING AND UPDATING SOFTWARE DIRECTLY FROM YOUR MOBILE

Apps are set to automatically update by default so it's best to disable this by selecting settings in the Google Play Store and selecting Update over Wi-Fi only. Downloading and updating software can eat away at your data if you are on the go. Users can save a lot on data by accessing their home internet to update and download software via the download manager. More often then not we neglect to check the size of the files we download so this is a great way to avoid unnecessary costs and lengthy download times and also makes it easier for you to manage your files.

4) DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THAT YOUR WI-FI IS ON...

Don't forget to turn on you Wi-Fi Facepalm
This happens to the best of us! You leave your abode in the morning and turn on your mobile data for the commute to work and in the rush of life simply forget to enable your Wi-Fi. Lost a lot of data this way and I'm sure you have too. Make it a habit  to check that your data settings are correct and disable your mobile data as soon as your phone goes into your pocket and enable Wi-Fi again when you get the chance to connect to a suitable network.

5) SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEEDS

Subscribing to a RSS feed saves much more data than visiting the actual website. It removes the need for us to manually check the web site for new content. Your browser constantly monitors the site and informs you of any updates which can be set to update automatically or whenever you choose to update it. Popular apps like FeedMe allow you to stay on top of the things that interest you, all conveniently stored in one place and can save data for offline viewing. 
Hope that these 5 tips help you to curb data consumption in the future!

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