How to Use Less Data When Using Your 3G Data Packet?

In addition to texting and maybe making calls (yes, cell phones still ring), all the fun things you can do on your smartphone require a data packet. Cool things include email, web browsing, downloading and running apps, accessing social media, and streaming musicand video. What’s not fun, though, is having a huge bill at the end of the month for many GB of data or getting your package done quickly.

How to Use Less Data When Using Your 3G Data Packet

To ensure that you do not go over your monthly data franchise, pay attention to these following tips and tricks.

Try to avoid activities that consume a lot of data

Streaming video, downloading applications, updating applications and more. Use when you are on a wireless home network, a coffee shop, an airport lounge or hotel lobby. To make sure you’re using Wi-Fi, temporarily turn off your mobile data (in options or settings).

Do not forget to properly close applications when you are not using them

They can still run in the background and thus possibly use data. This will also prolong battery life. On the iPhone, double-tap the Home button to see what is still open (at the bottom of the screen). On Android, press and hold the home button (at the bottom of the screen) and open the application manager, closing all that are open.

Try to limit applications that have regularly downloaded content

Stock quotes, weather updates, live sports scores or anything, as your smartphone will use the data on an ongoing basis. Same for Siri on your iPhone: Your voice activated personal assistant is great, but it can be a bit dicey.

Although tempting, avoid creating a personal hotspot with your smartphone (tethering)

You can have multiple devices to consume your wireless data. Similarly, do not try tying your smartphone to your computer to use as a wireless modem . By avoiding this, you have greater control of your data.

Can the task wait?

If you need to exchange any large email correspondence or extensive web browsing, ask yourself if you can wait until you get to a computer. Just because you can do it on a smartphone does not mean you should, especially with low quality 3G internet in Brazil.

On a related note, turn off automatic email download if you do not really need to know every time an email comes right away. So when in a Wi-Fi hotspot, downal everything. Also, enter your email settings to choose “View Only,” instead of downloading a complete attachment.

Try to find apps that use less data

Do your research before downloading and using. For example, Apple Maps uses only a fifth of Google Maps data. Many websites will specify the amounts of data for you per application.

Caring for roaming!

When traveling to another country or state, make sure you are well aware of your roaming charges as it will be significantly higher (and moreover). Some carriers offer various travel plans, so be sure to consider one to avoid an unpleasant surprise in your account. If in doubt, turn off data roaming in the section of your smartphone Options / Settings. If the trip is abroad, the best option is to buy a chip from the destination country, prepaid.

Instant messages

Instant messaging programs like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp Messenger and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) are affordable solutions for friends who want to keep in touch. They use little data, they are fast and reliable, and offer advantages over text messages (such as getting a confirmation when the message was delivered and read). In Brazil, there are operators that can offer the gratuity for some of the data of these applications. Check with your service provider for more information.

Updating Applications and Operating System

Do not update applications over cellular connectivity when you can do it on your computer and then sync the updates to your smartphone via a USB or Bluetooth cable or when you can do it over a Wi-Fi network . This will also save you on battery performance.

Any questions? What do you do to save your mobile data? Share ideas and suggestions with us!