Cutting data usage on your bad credit mobile phone

In the past, we have had some clients come to us saying their smartphones use data far too quickly. Now this is not a problem if you have an unlimited contract, but the chances are that on a bad credit agreement you will not have this luxury.

We have put together a few tips that you can use to keep your data entry in check once we have signed you up for your mobile phone.

Connect to Wi-Fi

Make sure your phone connects automatically to Wi-Fi networks whenever possible. You may have one at home, or at your parents or friends but as soon as you visit them, ensure that your phone connects to this network. Many towns have public domain Wi-Fi as well which you can utilize.

Use web browsers that offer compression

A number of browser’s use compression to help use less data. These include the popular Google Chrome as well as Opera. To setup compression on Chrome, go to the browser settings and toggle the data save switch.

Not only will web pages load faster, but it will also save you around 30% of your data costs by compressing elements such as Youtube videos.

Remove background data

Many smartphones use plenty of data behind their users back! This takes place in the form of syncing. A good example of this is a mailbox sync or the weather widget getting new information every hour amongst a host of others. These can all be turned off and in the long run, will save tons of data. Just remember, now you will need to open your email for it to download messages from the server for you.

Stop auto updates

Most apps, when installed, are set to auto update. Again, this can eat through your data in next to no time. Rather set apps to update only when then enter the range of a recognized Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, set them to manual updates, meaning you will have to authorize each update for every single app.

Track data usage

One of the best ways to know where your data is disappearing to is to track data usage on all apps. All modern smartphones can do this, and it is the perfect way to determine which apps you might have installed are far too data hungry. If an app is using too much of your data and is not essential, either disable or uninstall it straight away.

Make use of ‘offline’ modes

Many apps have an offline mode that can help save data costs. For example, Google Maps can download a street layout for a city that you visit and then access that download for navigation at a later point, never having to connect and use data on each occasion you use the GPS.