For this weeks’ blog post, we’ve uncovered the best tips for limiting bill shock. With the help of Yahoo!s Digital Crave, here they are:
- Don’t do things that use a lot of data, e.g. streaming video. Find a Wi-Fi network for that sort of thing. And to be sure that you are using Wi-Fi, turn off cellular data on your mobile device.
- Close apps when you’re not using them. Many apps will run in the background, which means that they could still be using data.
- Watch out for apps that use pushed content and notifications, e.g. email, Facebook, Twitter, weather updates, sports scores. If possible, set these to manual updates.
- Limit the use of Siri on the iPhone: he/she uses a lot of data.
- Cut down on your use of email or web browsing.
- Set your email to view only. That way, you won’t be downloading full attachments.
- Turn off cloud-syncing apps, such as iCloud and Dropbox.
- Turn off iTunes automatic downloads.
- Don’t update your apps using cellular data.
- Use a data-monitoring app to get some idea of how much data you’re using. Examples are Onavo Count, MyDataManager for Android, and DataMan for iPhone.
If you’re using a mobile hotspot, there are some additional things to bear in mind:
- Your smartphone will be connected to the hotspot using Wi-Fi, and will behave accordingly. So any settings that limit data usage over cellular connectivity will be ignored. Pay particular attention to the points listed above to limit your usage.
- If you’re using a laptop through your hotspot, turn off all automatic downloads including software and browser updates.
… And there you have it!