Take control of your data use

If you’re trying to avoid burning through your data, or wondering where it all went, here's some things to look our for.

Keep an eye on your usage

Here's how to check how much data you're using, and find out what's using it:

Data Monitor

Data Monitors

The built in features on your phone can help track down which apps or functions are using the most data.

My Vodafone

My Vodafone

Check what you’ve used and your remaining balance online, through the web or with our app.

Vodafone Alerts

Vodafone Alerts

We'll help you stay on top of your data with alerts when you reach 50, 85 and 100% of your included usage.

Tips to keep usage down

Once you've got an idea of what's using your data, here's some tips to keep it down if you need.

Check your phone settings

Use WiFi
Use WiFi whenever possible, and save your included data for when you’re out and about.

Your phone may quietly switch back to mobile data if you slip out of range, or the signal is interrupted. Watch out for it by keeping an eye on the toolbar to see which network you're connected to.

Background data usage
Even when you’re not actively using your phone, it may still be using data in the background. A few things to watch out for include:

Auto backup or file transfers to services
For services like iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive, look for settings which will:

  • Only use WiFi
  • Change the frequency of updates
  • Let you specify the content you want to backup or transfer

Software updates
They're huge, save them for WiFi.

App updates
Switch off automatic app updates, and use choose to use WiFi to download them.

Reduce the frequency your phone checks your email, and check whether there's an option to restrict attachment download.

Hotspots and tethering
Laptops in particular can be pretty hungry, so keep track of how much data they’re using. We’ve got some data management tips for mobile broadband, or consider getting a Pocket WiFi for a dedicated mobile data connection.

Switch mobile data off
You can switch mobile data off completely, but it's a pretty extreme measure. Smartphones rely pretty heavily on data, so it might be better looking at getting more data if you need it.

If you’re sharing your Red plan, you can switch data off or on for any users on your shared account by using the Data Control feature in My Vodafone.

Check your app settings

These are only a few of the many data intensive apps out there. If you find something else is using a stack of data, take a look through the settings for that app to see if there are any options for quality or mobile data use that would help reduce its impact.

Some optional features can be pretty taxing. If you don't need them, switch them off:

Save data by changing your quality setting when using a mobile network.

Video, audio and live streaming
Here's some tips when using our streaming subscription partners:

If you're using an alternate streaming service, check whether there's a quality or mobile data restriction setting you can adjust.

They can really chew through your data quite quickly, so keep an eye on how you're going if you're using them frequently.

Need more data?

You have a couple of options:

Share your data

If you've got a number of services kicking around, consider setting up a Red sharing account which lets you share your data entitlement between your services.

You'll also be able to switch data off or on for any users on your shared account by using the Data Control feature in My Vodafone.

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