Tips to minimise your mobile data usage
Mobile plans these days come with a great deal of included data – check out TPG’s plans at https://www.tpg.com.au/mobile - however, it’s still important to get the most of our data quota so we can use it for the things we love best.
Here are some tips to keep track of your usage, make the most out of your mobile plan, and avoid running out of mobile data.
Track your data usage
Use Wi-Fi whenever you can
Apps using data when you’re not using your phone
Be aware that apps can use data in the background, even when you’re not using them!
Change autoplay functions and video quality on streaming apps
Facebook’s news feed is great for staying social, however the auto-playing videos can take a sizeable chunk out of your data. Disabling this feature can significantly cut back on your data usage – in Facebook, click Settings, then click Videos, then click the dropdown menu next to Autoplay Videos and select “off”.
YouTube’s Full HD video quality is great for your eyes and ears. But you may want to check out the settings in the YouTube app to limit mobile data usage, restrict auto-play and change the playback quality. Some of the settings to look for are called “Play HD over Wi-Fi only”, “Upload over Wi-Fi only” and “Upload quality”.
Download at home to play/watch online later
Did you know that you can change settings in Google Play, Browser, Maps and Gmail (to name a few) to download files so you can access them while offline?
Downloading Netflix content to watch later offline (if you have the storage space on your phone) can allow for hours of entertainment. Spotify has offline streaming too, allowing you to download albums and playlists to play later without hurting your data quota.
Global Roaming overseas
TPG offers global roaming which you can activate online via TPG My Account https://www.tpg.com.au/account. Global roaming can be much more expensive than your normal mobile plan. If you do choose to use global roaming, be aware of the costs and how much data you’re using, and use Wi-Fi as much as possible. For more information and tips visit https://www.tpg.com.au/support/international_roaming.
Did you know that you can set up parental controls in most smartphones? Creating user profiles and enabling restrictions gives you the freedom of sharing your device while limiting the data used by those who borrow your device.
Thanks to our team members Richard A. and Leo C. for their contribution to this article!