How to Avoid Using Up All of your Smartphone Data

YOU KNOW THOSE texts from your carrier informing you that you’ve almost blown through your mobile data allotment? Of course you do. You receive them every month. Which means it’s time to make some changes. Sure, you could switch to an unlimited data plan, but those can be costly. Instead, take control of your data destiny by tweaking a few phone settings and recalibrating your media consumption.

1. Adjust Your System-Wide Settings

Smartphones ship with default settings, some of which are over-reliant on cellular data. Left unchanged, those settings can cause your phone to slurp up all of your plan’s allowed data even if you’re swiping and tapping conservatively. Find the following settings and change them. (You should change them even if you’re on an unlimited plan—use too much data and your carrier can throttle your connection, making pages and apps load at a mind-numbingly slow pace.)

2. Get Your Apps in Gear

Even with all of those system-wide settings turned on, you’ve probably got some data-intensive apps that can zap your monthly data.

3. Keeping Tabs

Still worried you’re missing something? Download an app to track your data usage. Your carrier probably offers an app (or a page on its website) that shows how much data you have left for the month, but there are better ways to do it.

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Onavo Optimizes Your Data Plan Usage

If you’re anything like most people, chances are that you have a monthly cell plan with either an allotted or unlimited amount of data that you’re entitled to. Understanding where you’re spending it and how much you have left, if any at all at the end of the month is where the expertise of Onavo Count comes in.

Onavo a striking and intuitive app that enables you to understand how you use your data, how much of it you’re using compared to others and also lets you compare how much data certain apps take.

Setting up Onavo provides a glimpse into how the app works. It starts by asking you to set your monthly cap and billing cycle and then starts analyze your usage to see how it compares to others.

Onavo Count monitors and analyzes all different data and phone use. This includes background, foreground and Wi-Fi use. This allows you to better understand how you’re using your data in categories that matter to you, such as music, maps and videos. You’re then alerted in real time when you’re approaching your data limit and where you currently stand. This enables you to be an informed and educated customer by seeing how much data you’re using and saving at the end of each billing cycle.

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Use NetLive for Android to find data-hogging apps in real-time

NetliveOne of the first things you should do on a limited data plan is find ways to conserve data. But what if you’ve followed all the tips for saving data, and you still seem to be running out too quickly? There may be a data-hogging culprit in your mix of apps.

NetLive is an Android app that will show you data usage in real-time, so you can see what’s really hogging your data plan. The way this app differs from the built-in data manager and other data reporting apps is the real-time feature. For instance, if you use Facebook, Gmail, and Pandora more often than other apps, they will undoubtedly be at the top of your list. But what if another app you don’t use that often keeps running in the background and pilfering your data allowance? Ready to check it out? Here’s how to get started:

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