How do I use less data?

If you are looking for ways to use less data while maximising its usage, there are a few tricks and tips you can employ. 

View Your Data 

To start, you should check your data usage to understand your data consumption. You can do this by logging into your CommsPanel portal and viewing your dashboard.  


What Happens When You Go Over Your Data Allowance? 

When you exceed your data allowance, you will not be allowed to use any more data and you will not be charged any more. 


Find Out Which Apps and Activities Are Using the Most Data 

Understanding how you use your data is essential to manage it better. Activities that use data include streaming, gaming, downloading, video calling, uploading photos and videos, and browsing. To manage your data, you need to know how much data each activity uses. 


Change Your Video, Podcast, and Music Streaming Settings 

Most video and music streaming apps have settings that allow you to change your viewing options to help save data. For instance, you can set the video quality on Netflix to Standard. On YouTube, you can toggle on Play HD on wi-fi only and select 360p for Upload quality. You can also listen to songs and podcast episodes offline by downloading them when connected to wi-fi. 


Change Your Device Settings to Help You Save and Track Data 

You can modify your device settings to track and manage data usage. For iOS devices, you can turn off Mobile Data, turn on Low Data Mode, switch off automatic downloads, and match your mobile data usage report to your billing date. For Android devices, you can adjust your data settings by following your device manufacturer's instructions. You can also connect to available wi-fi networks instead of using mobile data to save on data usage. 


Final Data Saving Tips 

Other ways to save data include taking maps offline, closing apps, making sure all browser windows are closed, and only sending big files when necessary. 

By employing these tips and tricks, you can use less data and still get the most out of it. 

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