If you have Wi-Fi internet, be sure to connect to it when you’re in the office or at home. You can also use wi-fi hotspots at many local coffee shops and restaurants.
- Try not to use from using data-intensive apps. If you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network, don’t stream music or video content from the internet. Apps like Skype, YouTube, Spotify, iPlayer and TV Catchup will speed through your download allowance very quickly.
- Avoid tethering your mobile to your PC as can use large amounts of data quickly as you might automatically update software and are more likely to view more websites that will be data rich (e.g. lots of images, non-mobile sites)
- Turn off automatic updates. Application updates can go through your monthly data allowance very quickly, for example 10 app updates is equivalent to about 60MB data. For android phones, go to the Google Play menu button and select the Settings menu item, uncheck the box for “Auto-update apps”. You can also further restrict data consumption by checking the box for “Update over Wi-Fi only”.
- Try bandwidth saving applications. There are some apps (e.g. Onavo, Opera Mobile) that may reduce your data consumption through compressing data before it is transferred to you.
- Disable those data-hungry apps. On Android phones, you can check to see how much data each of your applications is consuming by going to Settings > Data Usage. Uninstalling data-hungry apps or restricting their use of background data can stop them eating into your monthly data allowance.
- Always try to use mobile-optimised websites instead of the full site to minimise how much data is transferred.
- Look for free wi-fi hot spots to browse the net when you are out and about.
- Use a USB link to computers to download and upload large files to and from your smartphone.
- Check email via a webmail interface and delete large attachments (such as funny videos/pictures) from friends before downloading them to your phone.