6 Steps to reduce Data Usage on your iPhone or Android Smartphone

If you’re not subscribed to an unlimited mobile data contract, or are not in range of a Wi-Fi connection, it can be easy to go over your monthly mobile data allowance and incur huge additional charges.

When choosing your Mobile Phone Contract it can sometimes be tricky to work out how much mobile data you need. It’s worth being organised and looking back at recent previous bills to see how much data your Phone has consumed and bear in mind you’ll probably use your new Phone more than your existing one especially if it has extra features.

It’s not just when you’re watching YouTube or checking Instagram that your Phone consumers mobile data either. Many apps are running in the background and using that data connection – email being a great example. It checks back with its servers every few minutes for new messages. Recently a Customer of ours encountered a couple of months of high data usage and was shocked to find out how much their bill was. Through careful investigation here at Boosh, we discovered the Customers Phone was actually syncing with their iCloud continuously and ultimately using their data up. Who’d have thought it? I bet you weren’t aware this could happen? But yes, it can.

If this sounds familiar and your tired of it happening, then follow our 6 helpful tips from the Team at Boosh and never run out of data again.

 

 1. Use Wi-Fi when possible

This probably sounds obvious, but checking you’ve got the correct login details for Wi-Fi at Work, Home and even on the Tube can save you data and additional costs. Logging into The Cloud where you can, or remote BT/SKY Hotspots if you’re a Customer can help too.

 

2. Recheck settings

Both iPhone and Android Smartphones will display which apps have access to data, allowing you to turn off the unnecessary ones in the Settings Menu.

Android > Open Settings > Data Usage > Open each app you’d like to turn off and select Restrict app background data.

IPhone > Open Settings > Mobile Data to see apps you’ve allowed to use data and to switch them off accordingly.

 

 3. Sync Playlists

If you’re an Apple Music or Spotify user, make sure you sync your playlists to your SmartPhone so you can listen offline, avoiding any unnecessary meaty bills. Apple Music Playlists can be saved to your handset by tapping the Cloud icon in the right-hand corner of a playlist and waiting for it to download.

 

 4. Set a Data Alert

You can view how much data you’ve used on both Android and iPhone SmartPhones, but you may only find this useful if you reset the limit each month to get a broader idea of your average use.

Android > Open Settings > Wireless & Networks and select Data Usage to check your amount > Turn Set Mobile Data Limit on to trigger alert when you’re entering a specified data danger zone.

iPhone > Open Settings > Mobile Data> Reset Statistics. Any reminders to reset the stats each month will need to be set up separately through the Reminders app.

 

5. Disable background app refresh

Only applies to iPhone users, but turning off background app refresh by entering

Settings > General > and either turning off refresh altogether or going through and selecting individual apps will not only help cut down on your data usage, it will also help to preserve your battery life….Double Whammy!

 

 6. Turn off data altogether

It’s a drastic option, but if you’ve got extremely limited data left before you’re over your limit, turning it off altogether can help.

 

We know sometimes it can be unavoidable to go over your allocated data usage. There are a number of Bolt on’s you can apply. For further information on these, please contact the Team on 01252-916812 or email us on [email protected]