Make your data stretch a mile
Imagine you are waiting for an important call on Whatsapp. You are going to receive it, but suddenly a message pops up on your mobile screen.
“You have 0.00 MB left on your data plan. Please buy again for further usage.”
Isn’t it one of the most annoying things you can expect on that day? Even though you were using data efficiently, it ended faster than your imagination. If you ever faced this situation, this blog is only for you. Skim through it till the end to find easy ways of using data efficiently in South Africa.
Why is my data draining so fast
Why did your mobile data end before you could efficiently use it? Here are some the reasons.
1. Mobile apps
Mobile apps are the main culprits for your smartphone’s excess data consumption. It uses up your monthly data in the following ways.
- Pre-installed apps on your new device need to be updated to the latest versions. This process involves enormous data consumption.
- Downloading new apps to your mobile and auto-update use up your monthly data.
- Some apps running in the background deplete your mobile data. Even if you are not using these apps, your data will continue to end up.
- Apps like Google-maps can drain more data.
2. Your Default Social Media Settings
Is scrolling through the social media your favorite pastime? It is one of the major causes of the draining of mobile data. Facebook and Instagram videos are set to autoplay as a default function. Now, if you don’t stop watching them, you’re using your mobile data to buffer them.
3. Push Notifications
Take your mobile and turn on your mobile data. Did you receive a notification from your social media app? Or a new video notification from the subscribed YouTube channel?
These apps are using your mobile data to send you to push notifications.
4. HD photos and videos
Days are gone when you had to be upset about your picture resolution on Facebook. Now both Facebook and Instagram allow you to upload HD images. This high definition (HD) images are sharper with a detailed resolution.
But, again, the higher pixel rating uses up more of your mobile data.
5. LTE Compatible Devices
Nowadays, smartphone users prefer to use devices that are compliant with new generation networks. These are also known as Long Term Evolution or LTE- compatible devices. You love to share photos and videos at a faster speed, right? LTE compatible devices provide high download speed at a super-fast rate. But, for this faster speed, these devices consume more data than usual.
All these reasons result in massive data consumption on your smartphone. But by following some easy tips, you can make your mobile data last longer.
How to make your mobile data last longer
To make your cellular data last longer, follow these quick and easy steps.
- Change your social media settings to stop autoplay videos on mobile data.
To stop autoplay videos on Facebook, go to the Menu bar.
Select Menu > Settings and Privacy > Settings > Media and Contacts > Videos and Photos. Set this AutoPlay on ‘Wi-Fi connections only.’ Else, you can also set this option as ‘ Never Auto-Play Videos.’
To enable this option on Instagram, follow these sequences.
Menu> Settings > Mobile Data Use. Then enable ‘Use Less Data’.
- Turn off push notifications on your android or iPhone for less data consumption.
To disable this feature on android, go to the settings option.
Select Settings > Apps and Notifications > Notifications. You’ll find a list of apps that recently sent you notifications under the “Recently Sent” title. Turn off notifications for apps you do not want.
To disable push notifications on the iPhone, similarly, go to the settings option. Select Settings and then Notifications. Choose apps for which you want to disable the feature.
- Download videos, images, or podcasts on Wi-Fi connections only.
- Turn off the ‘Wi-Fi assist’ option on the iPhone. Otherwise, your device will switch to mobile data automatically when the Wi-Fi connection is poor.
- Restrict the background activity of your smartphone. Automatic updates of apps consume a considerable amount of data. So, it is better to restrict the auto-refreshing option.
To restrict the background activity on an android phone, follow these steps.
Select Settings > Data Usage > Cellular Data Usage and disable the “Background Data” option.
To restrict the background activity on an iPhone, follow these sequences.
Select Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can either select ‘on Wi-Fi only’ or ‘Off’ as your wish.
The next section is a bonus part of this blog for you. Do you feel difficulty in managing your Gig requirement per month?
In the following section, we gave a list of how much data you need based on your activities.
How much data do I need for home Internet
|Amount of Data (GB)||Number of devices||Online Activities|
|20-50||One or two devices||Sending and receiving mails, Uploading, sharing, and viewing images and documents, browsings news, and social media.|
|50-200||Few devices from your family members for significant internet usage||Sending and receiving emails, uploading and downloading documents and HD media, browsing news and social media, gaming, streaming, and occasional VoIP calls.|
|200-2000||Numerous devices are connected at a time.||Sending and receiving emails, uploading and downloading documents and unlimited HD media, browsing news and social media, non-stop gaming, multiple channels streaming, frequent VoIP calls, and data-intensive applications.|
By now, you know all methods of using data efficiently in South Africa. Leave your valuable feedback in the comment section.