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5 tips for mastering your mobile-data usage

Use these tips to manage your family’s data spend
mobile-data usage

We’ve compiled the top tips and tricks to help you make the best use of your mobile data and save costs. You’ve got this!

1. USE APPS TO TRACK DATA CONSUMPTION

Use your phone’s built-in application or download a third-party application to track how much data you are using. They will tell you which applications are using the most data so you can consider deleting them.

2. DELETE UNDERUSED APPS AND UPDATE THOSE YOU DO USE

Applications that aren’t in use may still use data in the background. Consider deleting them and keep the ones you use updated – you can update on Wi-Fi to save your mobile data. 

3. DON’T PUT VIDEOS ON AUTOPLAY

Videos are fun to watch, but they can consume data very quickly. Setting applications like Facebook and Instagram not to autoplay videos will save you a chunk of data.

4. USE DATA-SAVING APPS AND BROWSERS

Chrome and Opera mobile browsers are renowned for their data-saving features. Both use data-saver technologies that reduce the size of the information a device downloads. 

5. BUY A DATA BUNDLE AND LOWER YOUR MONTHLY DATA CHARGES

Measure your average data spend per month to see whether your current data bundle is the right size for you. If you use more data than you receive on a monthly basis, increase or add another bundle to your contract. 

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