At Tech Teach our training helps to educate people on how to make the most of their smartphones and tablets. As part of this we look at how to manage your data and make sure you are not going over your limits.
Here are a few tips for managing your cellular data:
- Install the App from your mobile provider (Telecom, Vodafone, 2degrees). This will give you up-to-date information about how much data, minutes and texts you are using.
- Make sure you have Wi-Fi turned on so that your smart device can use this instead of your cellular data connection wherever possible.
- If you have an Android smart device, use the data usage setting to limit your mobile data usage and warn you when you are near your limit.
- Avoid using Apps such as Skype and YouTube while you are on a cellular connection - these use a lot of data.
- Download Apps when you are on a Wi-Fi connection wherever possible.
- Configure your smart device to only update Apps while you are on a Wi-Fi connection - Android phone/tablet: Open the Play Store App. Touch the icon in the top left of the App. This should drop down a menu with Settings near the bottom of the list. Touch Settings and touch on the second option Auto-update apps. You will have 3 options to choose from, the best one is to Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only. iPhone/iPad: Open your Settings App. Touch Cellular (or Mobile on some devices). Scroll down to the Use Cellular Data For section and turn off App Store. This means you will only be able to use the App Store when connected to Wi-Fi. You can also restrict other Apps from using your cellular data connection by turning them off in this list.