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How to save on data

Finance & Money

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Have you ever wondered how often you check your phone during the day? A new study has found that millennials check their phones an average of 150 times a day. Whether you are a millenial or not, chances are you are lost without your phone.


While constantly listening to music, sending a tweet or two and keeping in touch via WhatsApp, it’s easy to burn through your data, especially if you’re not always connected to Wifi.


Here are a few tips and tricks to help you cut back on your cellular data usage and ultimately save money.


Always take advantage of free Wifi

You can avoid using up data unnecessarily by making a habit of only using apps when you’re connected to Wifi. Most major malls and coffee shops offer access to Wifi internet – you just have to ask for the password. Regularly check your Wifi signal to ensure it’s connected and hasn’t dropped.


Assess your phone usage

You need to understand your phone usage and what apps are using up most of your data. To find out, go to Settings > Mobile Data if you’re on an iPhone, and Settings > Connections > Data usage > Mobile data usage if you’re on an Android. Here you can see how much mobile data you’ve used up during the billing period and which apps are taking up the most of it. Once you know, it’ll be much easier to control how much you use that app when you aren’t on Wifi.


Turn off automatic syncs and updates

You may well be using data when you don’t even know it. If your phone is set to automatically update and sync, it will result in a huge waste of your data. Go into your settings and check to ensure your phone isn’t updating apps and software automatically.


Turn off email and app notifications

If your phone is constantly going online to refresh your news and social media feeds, then it’s using data to do so. This is easy to turn off. On iPhone, go to Settings > Mobile Data. On Android, go to  Settings > Connections > Data usage > Data Saver (turn on) > Allow app while Data Saver on.


Delete apps you don’t use

Keeping apps you don’t use takes up space and uses data without you knowing it. If you don’t use it, delete it.


Decrease the frequency that your phone checks for email

You can reduce the number of times your phone goes online to check email from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes, or even less frequently. You can also set it to only check when you open your email, so you can decide how often it downloads.


Ultimately, there are many simple changes you can make to stay on top of your data usage and stretch it much further.


The information contained in this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.


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