Data Bundle Optimization: Data Usage Tips

Here are some tips and tricks you can use to help you get more out of your monthly data plan bundle.

Data Bundle Optimization: Data Usage Tips

You recently bought your first smartphone and have been using social media extensively. In fact, you barely have enough left over from your monthly data bundle to get you through the month. It's not just you. The same issue affects a lot of people.

Regardless of how frequently you use the internet, here's how to maximize your data bundle usage so that it lasts at least three weeks.

Follow the steps below to optimize your data bundle consumption on your mobile device if your monthly data bundle does not last at least three weeks.

Turn off background data on mobile apps.

As an internet user, you’re probably used to paying for your data. You know that streaming services, social media, and mobile games can eat up a lot of data quickly. But did you know that your favorite mobile apps can also use your data even when you don’t actively use them? This is called "background data." Here’s how to turn off background data to save data.

Here's how you can turn off background data for mobile apps.

  1. On your mobile phone, go to settings.
  2. Click on "Application and Data Usage."
  3. Navigate and select the app you want to turn off the background data for.
  4. Next, you will see "background data," then select "turn off."
  5. Alternatively, long press on the application and click on App Details, and follow Step 4 above to turn off the background data.

Turn off App Notification pop-ups.

App notifications are great for keeping in touch with your friends and family, but they’re not so great for your phone. They can eat up your data, and in some cases, you might even end up paying for that data. To take control of your app notifications, here’s how to turn off app notification pop-ups on Android and how to turn off app notification pop-ups on iPhone.

To turn off notifications pop-up, follow the steps below to turn off pop-up notifications for apps you don't want to receive messages from.

  1. On your mobile phone, go to settings.
  2. Click on "Application and Data Usage."
  3. Navigate and click on "Notifications."
  4. Then select "Turn Off."

Make use of Data Saver.

Data Saver has been a feature on Android phones that has long needed an update. The majority of users are concerned about how much data they are using despite being constantly online. You can save data while playing games, streaming music, or browsing the web with the Android Data Saver feature.

Disable Auto-download on WhatsApp

When you receive a multimedia message on WhatsApp, it is automatically downloaded to your phone. This can be handy if you want to quickly view an image or video. But if you're worried about data usage, you can disable auto-download so that media files are only downloaded when you choose to do so. To disable auto-download,

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Settings.
  2. Tap on "Media Auto-download."
  3. Under the Media Auto-Download section, tap to select when you want media to be downloaded and disable auto-download.
    • When using mobile cellular data.
    • When connected to WiFi.
    • When roaming.
  4. To disable auto-download, uncheck audio, image, and videos under each of the options listed above.