Today, the idea that mobile phones once managed to do without the Internet seems almost amusing. After all, what’s there to do with a phone if it doesn’t have an Internet connection, right?
Nowadays, the ability to access the web from anywhere we go feels like a natural thing – which, of course, brings about the issue of data usage. Most of us use a limited data plan while trying to tap into Wi-Fi hotspots whenever possible, but how much data passes through your iPhone, exactly? When is it time to limit your usage? How can you make your usage limit last longer? Follow these steps to make it happen.
1. Checking Your Data Usage
Nothing can be simpler – just open the Settings and find the Cellular Usage tab, which stores all the information about how much data your iPhone used throughout a particular period of time and which apps are responsible for which percentage of this usage. You may also read more about how to check data usage on your device, as well as some advice on how to make it more efficient.
2. Set Your Apps for Manual Updates
Automatic updates are one of the most notorious culprits when it comes to data usage, especially if you have a lot of apps “just in case.” You may not use them on a day-to-day basis, and sometimes even forget about their existence, but they are still there, regularly downloading new versions, patches, and content updates, eating up your data quotas. Turning them off (Settings – iTunes and App Stores) will not only decrease your data usage, but prolong battery life as well.
3. Turn off Auto Refresh
Again, most apps you have installed regularly refresh their content and don’t care how much you actually use them, devouring both data and battery life. If you want to use your iPhone in a more efficient manner, go to Settings – General – Background Apps Refresh and turn it off for apps you don’t need updated every couple of minutes. It may also give you a great insight into which apps you actually need – perhaps it’s time to clean up a bit?
4. Restrict Cellular Data Usage
If you don’t particularly care for battery life, you may limit the ability of particular apps to use cellular data. It’s helpful in the case that updating content for a particular app can wait until you get to a Wi-Fi spot, but you don’t want to turn it off altogether. This way you will make sure your apps use the Internet only when you can safely spare it.
5. Turn off Mail, Calendar, and Contacts Sync
Unless you absolutely must have up-to-date data on all these fronts, setting synchronization to manual may be of great help. By default, iPhone automatically checks your emails, contacts, and calendar events, downloading updates as soon as they appear. This may not seem like much, especially if you download them later on anyway, but traffic adds up; and if you set it to manual, you may at least synchronize using Wi-Fi.
6. Use a More Data-Efficient Browser
Using a browser with a built-in data compression proxy, like Opera or Chrome, may help conserve traffic as well – unfortunately, Apple’s Safari doesn’t support this function, so you’ll have to do a bit of tweaking.
As you can see, the ways to improve your iPhone’s data efficiency are numerous and diverse – you don’t have to waste money on unnecessary traffic if you simply take a few simple steps to prevent it. In most cases, it is more than possible to improve the situation enough to both save money and still comfortably use your device.