10 Ways To Stop Bursting The Data Limit On Your Phone
1. Turn off WiFi Assist On Your iPhone
While Apple sure had some good intentions when they created WiFi Assist (it’s meant to keep you connected constantly when WiFi connection is poor) it can also be the cause of you bursting your mobile data.
2. Set Data Usage Limits
Whether you use an iPhone or an Android, there are ways that you can set data limits so your phone alerts you when you’re either about to burst your data limit or have already burst it.
For iPhones, they’re usually in Settings >Mobile Data and for Android, it’s usually in Settings > Wireless and Networks > Data Usage.
3. Limit Data Usage on Certain Apps
Certain apps can drain more data than others all because they still operate even when you’ve close the app. It’s best to restrict background data by not allowing certain apps to run on mobile data. Simply head to Settings > Mobile Data and select the apps that you’d like to restrict.
4. Turn Off Location Tracking On Certain Apps
Besides using data, certain apps will also feed on your location and we all know how much data that sucks up. Turn off the location settings in Settings > Privacy > Location.
5. Don't Clear Your Cache
Clearing your cache means removing images or other data that your phone’s browser has already saved and your phone would have to re-download those images and data or you.
6. Save Articles for Offline Reading on Pocket
We love reading articles while on the commute to work or just about anywhere but, did you know it’s possible to save articles offline so you can read them without having to use more mobile data?
Download an app like Pocket to save articles offline.
7. Turn on Airplane Mode to Avoid Ads in Apps
Apps in ads often take up loads of data. Whether it’s a five second video or a banner that keeps blinking, these things take up your mobile data space and it’s best to just turn on airplane mode to avoid letting them run.
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8. Use Apps That Can Compress Data
If you’re looking to compress data, use apps like Onavo Extend to give you a breakdown of apps that are using the most data and reduce the download quality of the photos in your browsers.
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9. Disable Auto App Updates
Some apps update themselves through mobile data so it’s best not to make sure that all apps are only updating through WiFi.
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10. Don't Listen to Music On Music Streaming Apps
Music streaming apps suck up plenty of mobile data so it’s best not to listen to music while you’re out on the go.