12 Handy Tips to manage 3G/4G data usage on your phone
It is very common for all of us to knowingly or unknowingly go over our cell phone plan’s monthly data limit. Here find some handy tips by which we can manage our 3G/4G data usage easily and avoid unnecessary data usage. Also this will save the battery power.
- Monitor your data usage: Monitor your data usage by each app in your Android settings. You can also try various data monitoring apps available on Play store.
- Decide the app you actually required. Decide on your favorite, really useful apps. Sometimes we are not very sure if we want particular app or not, or will it be that useful to us. In such case just uninstall all such apps which you are not using currently.
- Cache the data wherever possible: If you have App caching service available on your mobile then uses this wonderful service. Streaming apps are the one who consumes data too much in short time. So better solution is always download media files / any large files only when you are on Wi-Fi. So with the help of this pre-loading or pre-caching service you can download the media content when you will be on Wi-Fi and stream it later. E.g. YouTube pre-loads subscriptions and videos on your watch later list. You can also cache the Google Maps when you are on Wi-Fi, once they are downloaded you can save it and use it offline.
- Turn off data settings when you are not using the internet.
- Opt for mobile view instead of desktop view in browsers.
- Configure ‘ in-App’ settings: If you don’t want to uninstall the app the other way to minimize data usage on this app is configure its in-app settings. For smooth running of application many apps ping server in background and keep their content updated. This can be big burden when it comes to limited data plan. e.g. In case of Google+, it backs up all your pics, videos the moment you capture it. So always configure in-app setting for the apps you don’t use much.
- Restrict background data usage: You can also restrict the background data usage of apps by using settings. E.g.: in Android go to settings-> Data usage. Take a look at foreground / background data usage of app. Background refers to the data used when the app is running in the background. I you notice background data usage is too much for any app then check for its ‘Restrict background data’.
- Put your network into 2G mode when you are chatting as some background processes may consume more data than your chatting apps.
- Always use browsers like Firefox, Chrome which compresses web paged before downloading them.
- Manage Sync settings properly: Many apps keep their sync setting on to track the data change in database. You can fine tune the sync setting from settings or you can even turn-off the sync temporarily and manually update your data whenever you are on Wi-Fi connection.
- Avoid online gaming and using app store to download new apps online through mobile data. You can do it using your Wi-Fi connection.
- When you are close to your limit, avoid sending pictures, videos and audios as these consume maximum data.