When you run out of mobile data, it always seems to come at the wrong time; you’ll be needing your maps, or to check in with e-mails or Skype and suddenly you find yourself cut off. That’s why, here at Techscheme, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to track the data you’re using, and how to manage it long term. We’ll also tell you about some of our amazing deals on 3G/4G devices, where you can save up to 12% on the recommended retail price (RRP) on top brands.
Track Your Usage
The first thing you’re going to want to know how to do is to track how you use your data, so you can manage it most effectively. Whether you’re on iOS or Android, manufacturers tend to make this easy for you, once you know how.
If you’re got an iPhone or iPad, you can find these usage stats by following Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Usage. There, you’ll find information on how much data you’ve used so far, but also ways to set different data priorities for apps so they’re not constantly draining. On Android, you’ll find similar features under Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage along with the ability set warning for when you’re getting close to the end of your allowance.
You can get more in-depth analysis from apps like My Data manager which is available on Android and iOS, which let you track data usage, set custom alarms and manage data usage across multiple devices if you’re on a shared plan.
While you’re tracking that usage, you’ll be in the same part of your phone that lets you turn off push notifications for your apps. Head to the notifications tabs and find the apps that are constantly reaching out for information and block them. Of course, with this new lease on your data life, you might want a brand new mobile to accompany it, and nothings newer right now than Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus. It’s the same brilliant mobile in an all new colour. It’s available at Techscheme with up to £110 of savings.
What Uses the Most Data
While you should be set up to track your own personal usage it’s always good to know what kinds of apps and actions are particularly draining, so you can best manage where you spend those precious gigabytes.
Social media apps are the main culprit for data drain, but there are certain actions you can take to minimise that. For example, if you head into Account Settings > Videos and Photos > Autoplay on Facebook or Settings > Data Usage > Video Autoplay on Twitter, you can alter them to stop videos from autoplaying while you scroll through your feeds.
Most social apps have similar features if you explore the settings, on Instagram, there’s a Use Less Data option under Settings > Mobile Data Use that’ll stop the app from preloading videos and photos while you’re out of Wi-Fi range.
Streaming services, both video, and music can also be a big drain as you might expect, and while it’s hard to completely prevent them sucking down data if you need to use them on the go, there are things you can do to manage it. In the YouTube settings, there’s a switch for Play HD on Wi-Fi Only while in App Settings > Mobile Data Usage section of Netflix’s app, you can switch the video quality to low or medium, which should help massively.
Most music streaming services also offer options to lower the quality of the track for less usage, while you could always download songs at home for playing on the go. When you’re streaming video and music from a device you want the best quality, so why not have a look at the latest iPad from Apple. The brand-new device with slick Retina Display is available on Techscheme with savings of up to £67.
Lastly, what you really want to do is just be sensible; don’t leave your streaming apps running when you’re not using them. Sending an E-mail won’t use much data, but if it’s constantly searching for your latest communiques, it’ll be using up a lot more, so set up you e-mail client to only search for new mails at the biggest intervals you can live with. The easiest thing to do, though? Get yourself into the habit of turning off your cellular data when you aren’t using it so that you’re never accidentally leaving it running when you’re in places you won’t need it.
Most places these days are also a hotbed for open Wi-Fi, every time you’re in a new bar or restaurant or coffee shop (even buses and trains these day), make sure you register for the free service. If you do that, especially if you live in a city, you’ll never be far away from the Wi-Fi your need. That’ll dramatically reduce your net data spend. If you’re after an Android mobile that can handle all your internet needs, you shouldn’t look further than the phenomenal Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge; you can save up to £76 on the front-line mobile at Techscheme.
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