Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday Tips #13 - Data Management

We're fortunate enough to have a really large data plan with Verizon, a benefit that comes from being with them from the very beginning of cell phones. Yet, still we come close to using it all before the month is up and have to manage our use. There are some very simple things you can do to help along those lines:

  1. Turn off your mobile data at night so apps don't run in the background
  2. Turn off your automatic update of apps, even over wifi because if you're using a hotspot it will update when it's connected to the hotspot.
  3. Turn off the autoplay of videos in your browser and on Facebook.
  4. Download the Opera mini browser. It has a data save function that blocks some ads.
  5. Download a data tracking widget to your front page on your phone or iPad so you're always aware of how much you have left.
  6. Use the app ShareIt to move photos and videos from you phone to your computer or between phones. It moves them without using data.
These are just a few basic things to try to reduce your data usage. When we go to the Bahamas we make drastic cuts and do with just 4gb of data per month, but then we have some incredibly beautiful water, sky, and beaches to look at and explore so who wants to be staring at a screen anyway?


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