13 Simple Tips to Reduce Mobile Data Usage on IOS Devices

Sat, September 24, 2016 / Lakshmi D 13 Simple Tips to Reduce Mobile Data Usage on IOS Devices

Unlimited data plans are seemingly expensive that all of us have to live in fear of exceeding our monthly Smartphone data allowance. But with our 13 simple ways to use minimum mobile data on iOS, you'll never have to worry again.

1. Facebook videos

We all know that Facebook app is one of the biggest consumers of data which than you realize. If a friend posts a video in their page or newsfeed, it automatically plays sometimes when you scroll past it because of a feature that added recently by Facebook. Guess what that does? Yep—eats data. Fortunately, you can avoid this auto-play function by turning it off. Here’s how:

I. Open Facebook and go to Settings.

II. Under Video, you can set Auto-play to Off or Wi-Fi Only.

Facebook videos

Other social networking apps may have similar settings. Instagram, for example, has a setting to only pre-download videos while on Wi-Fi which can be usuful to reduce your mobile data. Also better to keep in mind that uploading videos to social networks as well can burn just as much data as watching them, so you might have to wait until you’re connected to Wi-Fi before sharing your stuff.

2. Disable auto-updating apps

One of the major features that sewer your data allowance comes from the occasional bout of APP store updating. In iphone it regularly updates all the in-built Apps that set to auto-update other mobile apps, even over a data connection without your knowledge; this could be chewing its way through your allowance every month without you even knowing.

Disable auto updating apps

Disable cellular data for automatic downloads by simply tapping Settings > iTunes & App Store > and tap the Use Cellular Data switch to turn off.

3. Avoid downloading media w/data

Instant Messaging programs like WhatsApp and other Messenger for friends who want to keep in touch. They use little data, they're fast and reliable. But pictures, Music, Videos and other Media can use up large amounts of data in a short period of time. Transferring files through media involves automatic uploads and downloads, both of which use up data a lot unknowingly.

Avoid downloading media

For example, uploading pictures to whatsapp, Instagram or Twitter page with images and auto play videos will directly impact on your data usage. Make sure to check which Apps use up most of your data. Next, limit use of those Apps, find alternatives or use Wi-Fi.

4. Disable Auto Back up on Mobile data

You don’t have to back up your IOS phone or tablet manually – IOS’s default backup features should be more than good enough. Much of the data on your IOS phone or tablet like photos, videos will be backed up by Google (or the individual apps you use) automatically, which consumes lots of mobile data. The better way to reduce usage of data; disable auto backup on mobile data or you can do it manually whenever required if no WI-FI available.

Tap Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.

Disable auto back-up

Scroll down, tap Backup, and make sure that iCloud Backup is turned off.

Make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. The backup should not appear in the details with the time and backup size.

5. Restrict background data

The easiest way to save data is to restrict your apps (or the IOS system itself) from updating in the background. Background data is all that internet traffic and grabbing new content that goes on when you're not actually using an app: email syncing, feeds updating, weather widgets and so on.

Restrict background data

You can also disable the IOS system to restrict background data in Settings > Data usage > Restrict Background Data or for individual apps in Settings > Apps (depending on which version of IOS you have).

Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

6. Download Email attachments on Wi-Fi

You already know that downloading (and uploading) any attachment over your mobile data is not a great idea until it is necessary. But just opening messages can eat up valuable data, especially if they're full of animated GIFs and photos and other rich-text nonsense. So better go as basic with the inbox as possible.

Download email attachments

By default, your phone is set up to automatically receive new emails, contacts, and calendar events. If you use a Google account, allows you to automatically download Gmail attachments over Wi-Fi and it’s regularly checking the servers for new information. Either way, it’s downloading those emails as soon as they’re available. If you’re a daily user of the Gmail app, this toggle could help you save big on network data!

To enable this:

Those with an iOS device can find relevant options under Settings -> Notifications. Each individual app with notifications will be listed here. You can also turn off cellular data for specific iOS integrated features by visiting Settings -> General -> Cellular.

7. Minimum YouTube’s data usage

You can easily limit your YouTube mobile data usage. On IOS, you can reduce your data usage on Youtube significantly by changing the following settings:

Open YouTube > Tap on the Menu (three vertical dots) > Select Settings

Minimum youtube data usage

These changes will help YouTube conserve data and lower your monthly data usage!

8. Set data alerts and limits

IOS devices give you a default option that you can check your data usage, but also set alerts and limits. Go to Settings, and under Wireless & Networks, click on Data usage. You’ll see a table showing your data usage for a specific period of time. You can toggle Set mobile data limit and then move the black and red sliders to your personal limits to set alerts. The black line will trigger a notification that you’re approaching your limit, while the red line represents the threshold where your IOS device shuts off cellular data.

Set data alerts and limits

To reset these stats, go to Settings > Cellular and tap Reset Statistics, which is found by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page.

You can also check data usage with your carrier’s mobile apps. How your carrier accounts for your data usage might be different than what IOS say, so we’d recommend you keep an eye on your data here to get most accurate information. There are many third-party apps out there to track usage too, however, it’s no more accurate than the built-in data usage stats of IOS itself.

You should also consider turning mobile data off whenever you don’t need it.

9. Use WI-FI wherever possible

While some may require you to accept terms and conditions in order to connect, many do not, and once you connect the first time it will connect automatically when you’re in range. More restaurants and eateries are providing Wi-Fi connectivity all the time and these hotspots are easy to find on your IOS device, and this will lead to a substantial drop in cellular data usage. Some carriers also offer hotspot networks of their own like, Metro & other Railway stations offer connectivity through a network of hotspots and your device should automatically connect to these when you’re in range.

Use wi-fi whenever possible

Even if you don’t have Metro or others, you can still take the advantage of the hundreds of free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world.

10. Make use of offline apps, games and services

Some apps and games require constant internet access to function: this can be simply a security measure or because they constantly need to retrieve data. There are some apps and games that don't require internet access at all after the initial download. Check out below for some hints

Best offline travel app: TripAdvisor Hotels Flights

Best offline eBook reader app: Amazon Kindle

Best offline documents app: Google Drive

Best offline dictionary app: Offline Dictionaries

Best offline map app: Google Maps

Best offline weather app: AccuWeather

Here's another easy way to reduce the bandwidth of your mobile data while saving you some money if you mainly use your phone for instant messaging or email checking. If you use heavy multimedia content on mobile data then this will just frustrate you. This method can easily be reverted to full bandwidth.

First go to Settings,

Make use of offline apps

Note: Individual data savings will vary, but these steps cut my data usage in half. You can adapt these tips for the apps you use the most or your particular usage habits.

11. Use Opera's video compression

The Opera for IOS browser now has a very useful video compression option, which can save you a load of data if you're frequently watching videos on the go. To use it, simply download the Opera browser, go to Settings > Data savings and tick the box that says Video compression.

Use operas video compression

This setting not only saves you data, but also means that videos are more likely to load faster.

12. Reduce Web Browser Data Usage

Everyone like quite a bit of web browsing whenever they get free time, which automatically costs mobile data unknowingly. You can reduce the data used by your web browser by using a browser with a built-in data compression proxy, like Google Chrome or Opera. Enable the data saver feature and web pages you visit will be sent to Google or Opera’s servers first, where they’re compressed and sent to your phone.

Reduce web browser data usage

They’ll be smaller downloads, so you’ll save data on your normal browsing activities. For security reasons, secure HTTPS websites won’t be sent through the proxy. In Chrome, open the Settings screen, tap Bandwidth, and enable the Data Saver option to take advantage of this.

13. Cache or preloaded data

Prepare ahead of time and you won’t need to use quite as much data. For example, rather than using savan, wynkmusic or another music service to stream music to your phone, cache those music files for use offline using the app first. Rather than stream podcasts, download them before you leave your home. Rather than browse the web, queue up some interesting articles in Pocket and have them cached offline on your phone so you can read them on the go without data usage.

Cache or preloaded data

If you need maps, try using a mapping app that can cache a map for your local area offline and possibly even provide offline navigation instructions, saving you the need to download map data. Think about what you need to do on your phone and figure out if there’s a way to have your phone download the stuff ahead of time.

Infographic: Mobile Data Usage Tips for IOS Devices

Mobile data usage tips for IOS devices