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