Almost everything we do on our smartphones is powered by mobile data, from sending instant messages and browsing through our social media feeds to streaming films and music. Whenever we check Instagram or send an email, we use some of our data allowance - and it all adds up quickly!
If your data allowance is on the smaller side, it can be difficult to make it last a whole month, especially if you use your phone a lot. Monitoring your data usage is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you don’t go overboard, and to know how much data you really need. Here’s how you can do that:
How to monitor your mobile data usage
The first step is knowing where this data is going. Thankfully, most smartphones have ways of showing you which applications are using up the most mobile data, and how much data you have used during a certain period of time. You’ll usually find the information in Settings > Data usage (or a variation on these words depending on the handset you own).
At ASDA Mobile, we offer you another way of finding out exactly how much data you’re using. All you need to do is check your balance! Simply text BAL to 2732, and we’ll text back letting you know how much data you have left in your allowance - so if you see you’ve still got a hefty amount of data left, you can feel free to listen to ‘New Rules’ for the hundredth time this week.
Another great way of keeping tabs on your data is to use a data-monitoring app. These handy apps (often available on Android and iPhone alike) will track how much data you’re using, what apps are causing you to use data too quickly, and even send you alerts before you run out of data. That way, you’ll know to top-up as soon as possible!
Analyse your usage
If you find yourself running out of data too often, it might be that your current bundle isn’t appropriate for your personal usage. Are you a big social media fan? Do you like to stream music on your daily commute? Then you might benefit from a larger data allowance…
Getting a bundle with more data could help you avoid this problem altogether, so you can browse to your heart’s content and stop going overboard. Take a look at the different options here, and use our handy bundle calculator to find out exactly how much data you need each month.
Data-only bundles are also fantastic add-ons. Take a look at them here, and treat yourself to an extra GB or two this month! Finally, make sure you always have a little bit of pay as you go credit available – that way, if you do end up going over your data allowance for the month, you’ll still have something to fall back onto!
Apps and data usage
Apps typically use up a lot of your data when they’re running and/or refreshing in the background - Facebook is known to be a major offender. To avoid this, simply turn off background app refresh in your settings.
Another way to cut back on mobile data usage is using ‘lite’ apps. Some of the biggest data hogs are social media apps, and it’s something they’re aware of. To counteract this, companies such as Facebook and Twitter have released ‘lite’ version of their mobile apps, which use less data by not automatically loading images and videos. This won’t completely stop the apps using data, but it’s better than nothing!