My data is being used up really fast! How can I make it last longer?
There are a few reasons your phone might be going through data really quickly. It could just be because you have data turned on all the time and are constantly using it. Or it could be that your phone is using up data with apps running in the background, even when you aren’t using them.
But don’t worry, this is really easy to fix. Here are four super easy ways you can save your data for when you want to use it the most.
1. Connect to Wi-Fi When Possible
Connecting to Wi-Fi where it’s available is a great way to keep your phone from using up your data. If there’s a Wi-Fi connection available, your phone will use that to access the internet, use apps, and check email–instead of using your data.
Here’s how to connect to Wi-Fi from an Android phone:
- Open Settings and tap the word “Wi-Fi”
- Make sure the Wi-Fi switch in the upper right-hand corner is switched to the on position. Then, select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
- Enter the password if it asks for one, and tap “Connect.”
2. Control How & When Apps Use Data
Most people don’t know this, but once you install an app on your phone, it can run in the background, even when you aren’t using it. That eats up a lot of your data. But there’s an easy way to prevent it.
To stop an app from burning through data in the background on your Android phone, follow these 3 steps:
- Open up Settings and then tap “Data usage.” If you don’t see “Data usage,” you may need to tap “More.”
- Scroll down, and you’ll see a list of apps on your phone, arranged by how much data they’ve used.
- Tap on the app you want to prevent from using data, and select “Restrict background data.” Click “OK” on the pop-up.
3. Disable Automatic Syncing and Updates
If your phone is set to update apps automatically, the download required to update your app can burn through data quickly!
To make sure apps aren’t downloading huge updates while you’re away from home and using mobile data, follow these easy steps:
- Open up the Google Play Store and tap “Play Store” in the upper left-hand corner to open the Google Play Store menu.
- Scroll down the menu and tap on “Settings.”
- Make sure that under “Auto-update apps”, it says “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.” If it doesn’t, tap that section to change the setting.
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