Installing and using different types of apps is something that everyone does today. With these various apps, you can entertain yourself, be more productive, learn something new, and even keep yourself healthy anywhere, anytime.
Unfortunately, having numerous apps on your phone isn’t exactly the best thing for your device and data allowance. Even if you’re not using them, they can drain your battery. Worse, they will use up your data allowance, too.
The good news is you don’t have to stop using your favorite apps so that you won’t go beyond your monthly data package and end up paying for additional charges. With the right hacks and tips, you can continue using these apps to your heart’s content.
Installing the Facebook app on your phone allows you to check the latest posts of your friends without turning on your desktop or laptop. You can do this anytime and anywhere as well. You can also post and share your latest photos faster using your smartphone.
Using this app several times a day, though, will certainly eat up your data allowance. Letting it auto-play videos will even consume your data faster.
You can reduce the amount of data this app uses by stopping or limiting its video auto-play function. To do this:
- Open the Facebook app and tap on the “More” button.
- Choose “Settings.”
- Select “Account Settings” and tap on “Videos and Photos.”
- Tap on “Autoplay” and choose either “On Wi-Fi Connections Only” or “Never Autoplay Video.”
With these options, you will use less data whenever you open your Facebook app.
Just like Facebook, Instagram also preloads and auto-plays videos and photos. The Instagram app preloads videos and, as such, they start playing as soon as they appear in your feed. Because of this, this app can also put a huge dent on your monthly data allowance.
To stop Instagram from pre-loading videos:
- Open Instagram and go to your profile page.
- Open “Settings.”
- Select “Cellular Data Use.”
- Tap on “Use Less Data” to turn this feature on.
Enabling this feature will prevent the app from preloading videos when you’re not
YouTube does not auto-play videos. However, streaming videos on this app frequently can eat up a huge chunk of your monthly data allowance. Watching HD videos will even cost you more.
To minimize data consumption on this app:
- Open YouTube and choose “Settings.”
- Tap on the “Play HD on Wi-Fi” only feature.
If you upload videos on YouTube, you can also reduce data usage further by turning on the toggle switch for “Upload over Wi-Fi” only.
Snapchat preloads Stories and Snaps so that you can immediately see them when you check your feed. Because of this, using this app for a few minutes every hour or so means using up a lot of your data allowance.
You can prevent preloading and save data by enabling the app’s “Travel Mode.” To do this:
- Open the Snapchat app.
- Go to the profile screen.
- Tap on the gear icon found on the upper-right hand corner.
- Find and tap on the “Manage” button.
- Turn on “Travel Mode.”
By enabling this feature, Snaps and Stories will take a bit longer to load on your feed. You will save on some data as well.
If you love listening to your favorite tunes on Spotify that you have this app turned on 24/7, there’s a high chance you will go over your data allowance at the end of each month.
Start lowering your data usage for this app by changing your streaming quality setting. Set the stream quality to “Automatic” or “Normal” to reduce your consumption of cellular data on Spotify.
You can also avoid using more data on this app by subscribing to the premium version. This is because once you start paying for this service, you can download albums and playlists and listen to these tunes without streaming them.
If you want to be sure that you’re not streaming and not using data, go to “Settings,” select “Playback,” and tap “Offline.” By doing so, you will be able to listen to downloaded playlists.
Carefully choosing which apps to install on your phone will help you become more responsible with using your monthly data allowance.
Download only those apps that you will be sure to use. If you haven’t used an app in the last couple of months, uninstall it immediately. By doing so, you will save on some data. Your phone battery will thank you for it as well.