How To Manage Your Data Bundle

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1.   Set Data Limits And Alert 

The easiest way to monitor and control your data usage is to set the limit and alerts for your data consumption every month.
For ios, go to Settings > Cellular > Apps using WLAN and Cellular to view your data stats. Do note that the data stats do not reset automatically after each billing period, so don’t forget to reset it yourself after you pay your bill each month for an accurate representation of your data usage.

You could also consider using an app like My Data Manager that helps you track your data usage. You can also set custom alarms for data usage limits so you will be alerted when your data usage has exceeded the quantity of data.
For Android 4.0 and later, go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage (this may vary across Android skins, but it should be under your Wireless & Networks settings). There will be a table of your data usage over a specific period of time.
Tap on Set mobile data limit, and then move the black line and the red line to set the limits. The black line represents the limit where you will receive a notification that you’re approaching the data limit, the red line represents the threshold where your Android device will shut off cellular data use.

 2.  Turn Off Background Data

What you don’t know about “background data”, even if you don’t use an app, some apps require data feeds to remain updated, such as Instagram, Tweeter, Facebook Whatsapp, etc.

To adjust your background data settings on iOS, you’ll find it under Settings> Cellular > Apps using WLAN & Cellular. For Android, you’ll find the relevant settings through Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data usage where you can limit the background data of apps.

 3.  Turn Off All Auto Update  

You be surprised at how many people actually forget about this. Auto-updates could eat up hundreds of MB in just a few minutes, depending on how many out-dated apps you have. As indicated above for iOS, simply go to Settings > iTunes & App Store to turn off Apps and Updates to prevent any potential bill shocks at the end of the month.

For Android, you’ll find the settings in the Google Play Store. Go to Google Play Store > Menu (top left) > Settings > Auto-Update Apps. Here you may choose to disable auto-updates completely or only allow auto-updates on Wi-Fi connectivity.

4.  Download Area Maps
Navigation can cost you a lot of data since it relies on constantly sending and receiving data to track your location on the map. Luckily for Google Maps users, you can download an area of the map ahead of time and manually navigate your way through the indicated route. Simply search the area you want, tap More Info, and then download.

Unfortunately, this isn’t available for Apple Maps. However, Apple users may rely on Apple Maps’ cache which doesn’t need a data connection to function. Just load the map in full as usual on Wi-Fi, then exit your app and turn off data connection. You’ll still be able to run the map without a data connection. This is particularly useful at places where there is no data connectivity or the data connection is unstable.

5.  Browse Only On Mobile Version

Besides better readability and smoother scrolling, mobile version of websites also uses less data as they compress data from desktop versions to make its mobile version. If you want even more efficient use of data, you could consider using Opera Mini as your browser as it has an automatic ad blocker to save you even more data.

6.  Compress Your Data

The Onavo Extend app that is compatible with both Android and iOS users. Onavo may not work with streaming audio nor video apps, but it's efficient in reducing the impact of images and texts on your data usage.

This app gives you access to your data usage levels. Besides the usual breakdown for which apps are using your data the most, you are able to create a universal cache for all apps and it also helps you manage image quality to suit your desired data-saving levels.

7.  Use The Streaming Channels That Allow 
Offline Usage

If you want to save data and have storage space to spare, you might want to download your music and movies. YouTube’s offline options are pretty good if you have the time to download the stuff you need on Wi-Fi. Downloading movies through mobile torrent sites are NOT advised as it often comes with viruses and other bulk your phone can do without.

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