If you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting, lowering your monthly bill is easier than you think. Each week, we’ll share a simple, useful mobile trick. No fluff – just the tips.
Disable specific Android apps from using background mobile data
There are many Android apps that, without your knowledge, will go ahead and connect to your cellular network in the background. It’s important to be aware that when even your device is in standby mode, your apps can still use mobile data. These apps are constantly checking their servers for all sorts of updates, including emails, messages, posts and articles.
The Data usage section in Android Settings lets you view the amount of data used by each specific app. If you notice an app using more background data than you’d like it to (Snapchat comes to mind), you can restrict it from accessing the internet till you’re back in a Wi-Fi covered area. If you’re looking to conserve your bandwidth (and lower that monthly bill), this feature is definitely worth checking out.