How to Lower Data Usage

Mobile phones have become a major part of our lives. Some people might just use it as a way of keeping in contact with family and friends via social media, while others take full advantage and use many apps on a daily basis to assist them throughout their day or to keep track of things in the world. Either way, data usage is a concern to millions of people who don’t want a massive contract just to stay online, but also want to use their smartphones for chatting, checking on Facebook, and doing everything else they need to.

Most apps don’t use a whole lot of data, but even then the concern still exists. Luckily there are ways to minimize data usage and keep track of how much you use on a daily basis. These tips will help you keep your usage low, but still have the ability to stay in contact.

Use Wi-fi to Download


More and more places are offering wi-fi to users. International airports are very common as well as millions of coffee shops worldwide. The Internet has changed the world since it’s become available, but this means you need data to stay connected. Many households are also getting wi-fi, which is an additional expense, but still saves money. In order to lower your usage, ensure all downloads are carried out while you are connected to wi-fi. This way all your music, movies, apps, software, and everything else stays up to date, but won’t affect your data usage.

Turn off Push Notifications

Push notifications are what notifies you that something has happened within an app. For example, Facebook would use push notifications to tell you that a friend has tagged you, or that someone posted something on your wall. Although these are nice to have, they aren’t really needed, especially when you are trying to save on data.

Turning off push notifications for the app doesn’t mean you will never know what happened, it simply means you will see those notifications when signing into the app. This means your Facebook notifications will all be there when the app is opened and you simply shall not be advised of this throughout the day.

Turn off Data when you’re not Online

Very much like turning off push notifications, you can also just turn off your data, which will still allow you to receive text messages and phone calls, but none of your apps will work. For someone who needs to save data or chooses to use as little as possible, this is the best option.

Simply turning off data also means that your push notifications can remain on, but will come through when mobile data is turned on again. Many people choose to turn off mobile data when they have wi-fi at home, meaning they will receive their notifications when at home, but can also turn data on if they need to send messages or receive an email while not at home.