Turn off Automatic Updates and Syncing – Mobile Device
When automatic updates and syncing are enabled on your device it allows apps to be updated automatically. Although this is convenient it can also use large amounts of your mobile data without you realising it. If you still want automatic updates but need to save your data disable automatic downloads but allow apps to update when on Wi-Fi.
Disable automatic updates for IOS:
Tap “Settings” on your home screen.
On the left side of the “Settings” screen, tap “iTunes & App Store”.
Under “iTunes & App Stores” on the right, tap the slider button next to “Update”.
Prevent other programs like music and books, from automatically downloading by turning off those slider buttons.
The slider button turns white and gray when disabled.
If you don’t want to completely disable automatic downloads, you can set your device to only download updates on-Fi. To do this, tap the “Use Cellular Data” slider button.
Disable automatic updates for Android apps:
Open Google Play Store.
Touch the hamburger icon in the top-left, swipe up and choose Settings.
Under General, tap Auto-update apps.
Choose the first option: Do not auto-update apps.
If you would like to enable up dates when on Wifi simply check the option: Auto-update apps over WiFi only.
Disable auto play and background refresh on social media
Most of these platforms already use a lot of data but playing videos only increase your consumption. By disabling autoplay you are limiting downloads and therefore your data usage. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are pushing more and more video into our news feeds via stories and live video functionality. This means you now inadvertently stream a lot more video than before, even if you’re not watching any.
To avoid high data usage simply turn off the autoplay function on all apps:
To turn off auto play videos when using mobile data, go to your app settings in the bottom right-hand side of your Facebook app. Scroll down to the settings wheel and go to account settings, then ‘video photos’ and choose to ‘autoplay never’ or ‘on wifi connections only’.
To prevent stories from loading when you’re not on WiFi go to Snapchat’s travel mode. Pull down the top of the screen when in the app. Go to the settings wheel in the top right-hand corner. Go down to manage preferences and switch on ‘travel mode’.
To conserve your data when using Instagram go to your profile via your logo or person icon in the bottom right corner. Then push the settings wheel in the top right of your profile. Scroll right down to ‘mobile data use’ and select the ‘use less data’ option. It slows down your usage when you’re not on WiFi.
Background refreshing is another setting that causes your apps to constantly use data. You can choose which apps do this via each app setting. You can also limit data usage by turning off certain apps’ ability to even use mobile data. Go to ‘phone settings’ and then ‘mobile data’ which also brings up a list of your apps. Here you can then hand pick which ones you are likely to need mobile data for. The ones you turn off will give you a warning if you try to use them while on data.
Remove unused apps
Widgets and apps constantly update with new information even when you’re not using them. By removing them from your home screen you can limit any unnecessary consumption.
Open your device’s Settings app.
Tap Apps or Application manager.
Tap the app you want to uninstall. You may need to scroll to find the app.
1. After you tap and hold any icon, the apps wiggle.
2. Click the X on the app you would like to delete.