How to Stay Under Your Data Limit The Professor December 11, 2013 Professor's Tips Tips for controlling your data usage since “unlimited data” is now only a fond memory. 1. Monitor usage To start off, it’s good to know how much data you typically use. You can check right on your own phone. For Android: go to Settings -> Wireless and Network -> Data Usage and you have access to an interactive graph that will tell you how much data you use in a specific time frame. For iOS: go to Settings -> Cellular -> Scroll down to view data usage. This screen will also allow you to see your apps and the data they use. There are apps that help you track your data usage and are compatible with both Android and iOS. 2. Keep Apps Off Cellular Data You can select for certain apps to only run on Wi-Fi instead of cellular data. That way you don’t use up data on an app that requires a lot to work. For iOS: go to Settings -> Use Cellular Network Data For: here you can select which apps to allow to use cellular data. 3. Use Wi-Fi When Possible Make it a point to use the Wi-Fi network whenever possible, at home, work, or school. You will see that using Wi-Fi will drastically lower your data usage. Although, using Wi-Fi may drain your battery a little more rapidly. To help you find good connections you can download free Wi-Fi finding apps that are available for Android and iOS. 4. Avoid Streaming on the Go Many people listen to Pandora or catch up on Netflix while riding the public transportation or working out but this is a major way to drain your data. There are ways to enjoy the things you love without having to sacrifice, you can download movies or create a playlist on your home network connection before leaving and you are set for the day. 5. Limit Apps That Require Lots of Data It is probably best to keep the Netflix and Hulu marathons to the comfort of your own home. Also keep an eye on apps that can deplete your data by constantly updating or downloading files, showing ads, and sending you notifications such as social networking apps, games or cloud storage apps. 6. Don’t Allow Apps to Update Automatically When apps are not being used there is still the possibility that it is running in the background. To turn off this function on iOS: go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh; switch to off position and check Restrict background data. For Android: go to Settings -> Data Usage -> More Settings (three dots in upper right corner) -> Check box for Restrict background data. When on a Wi-Fi network, Android allows your apps will then be able to send or receive data in the background unlike iOS where you completely turn it off. 7. Set Limit for Data (Android) Android allows you to set a limit of the amount of data you can use within a month and once you use it all up you will have to depend on Wi-Fi. Go to Settings -> Data Usage -> Check box for Set Mobile Data Limit. The interactive graph will allow you to adjust the amount of data you want to be able to use. You can even set a warning where it alerts you if you get to a certain amount before your final cap. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.