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6 Easy Ways To Cut Down Your Data Usage

By Mint Fox

Originally published September 5, 2019


Last Updated January 17, 2023

Running out of high-speed data can be annoying – like when your cat videos won’t buffer or when your endless Twitter scroll is interrupted by slow loading. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve rounded up six easy-peasy ways to cut down your data usage.

1. Adjust Wi-Fi settings to automatically connect to Wi-Fi

You know what they say, “Home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically.” Check your settings so you’ll automatically connect to a secure Wi-Fi network when you’re at home or the office. It’s pretty easy to enable. Just go to your device’s settings, make sure your Wi-Fi is on and log on to your wireless network. Your device should remember the network and log on automatically whenever it’s in range.

2. Use Wi-Fi to download large files

To take full advantage of Wi-Fi, make sure you’re using it when downloading large files like images or apps. Some apps can be more than 100 MB and downloading them on a network connection will eat up data quickly.

3. Manage notifications

You probably get a lot of notifications and alerts on your phone or tablet, which can also consume data. Some can be necessary. Others—like being notified that there’s a new level available in Candy Crush Saga—maybe not so much. Be sure to disable email and push notifications, automatic app updates and your device’s GPS when you don’t need them.

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4. Shut off apps

Closing apps when you’re done using them can also reduce data usage. Many open apps—especially those that provide location services—will continue sending and receiving data even when your phone or tablet is locked. That not only wastes data but can also drain your battery.

5. Turn off cellular data

Cellular data is used when there is no Wi-Fi connection. This will allow you to use the Internet wirelessly but will eat into your monthly data allotment. Consider turning off your cellular data whenever you aren’t using your phone.

6. Check which apps use the most data

Some apps use more data than others. It’s helpful to know which apps are using the most data, so that you can only use those on wifi. Check out using these instructions to see how much data each app uses:

On iPhone: Settings > Mobile Data

On Android: Settings > Mobile Data > Choose the application you would like to see the data usage for

See how easy that is? Now that you’re a seasoned pro, get out there and save your data— 1GB at a time. No need to worry about running out of data with these tips in hand.

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