At war with the app store
If you’ve got a lot of apps on your phone (and most of us do!) then you’ll know how often app updates come through – and some of them can be huge. Facebook’s app is around 220MB – an hour’s worth of Netflix streaming. The Microsoft Office 365 apps update regularly and clock in at a little under 1GB in total. And popular free-to-play card game Hearthstone downloads the entire app again every time it updates – 2.1GB.
Hence, you don’t want these and similarly large apps updating themselves while you’re out and about. To prevent that, head into your phone’s settings and turn off mobile data use for updates.
Once you’re in range of Wi-Fi the updates will automatically start downloading, but they won’t chew up your precious mobile allowance in the meantime.
Caution with the cloud
Cloud storage is awesome. Automatically storing every photo and video we take in the cloud ensures you will never lose a memory again. But photos and videos can be huge . Be sure to set your phone to only upload new stuff to the cloud when you’re on Wi-Fi unless you really want to be sure everything is backed up in case you lose your phone.
Use data-free music
Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play are game-changers. All the music you want, whenever you want it, streamed right to your mobile. Streaming music uses data. Nowhere near as much as video, but still. if you’re on a tight data limit it pays to go for the best option – data-free streaming. If you’re a Telstra customer you can stream Apple Music as much as you like without touching your data allowance, and Optus customers can stream both Spotify and Google Play data-free. Virgin Mobile customers enjoy similar perks as well, with more services added into the mix. Boost offers data-free Apple Music streaming. Why not enjoy the perks?
Check your apps and settings
No matter what connected app you’re using – and no matter what brand of phone – you’ll find settings in most apps (and the phone settings themselves) to control whether mobile data can be used and if so, how much of it can be. Spending a little time exploring app and phone settings can save you a ton of data; and potentially a lot of money.