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Using the internet and lots of it, for that matter, is our go-to option for every mood. Want to go shopping? Check out the latest trends and shopping places worth visiting. Want some food? Check out the best restaurants and cafes on TripAdvisor. Want to cook something for the family? Find millions of recipes online. Bored and want to watch something entertaining? Stream movies from all generations and suffice that appetite of yours. Want to learn a new skill? YouTube is your friend. Want to get yourself registered in some membership program or college? Check out the website and find how to sign up. Want to market your product? Use Google ads, social media, and whatnot. I can go on and on about how we use the internet, but you have gotten the idea.
In times, when the internet has become so indispensable, using it constantly is not just a choice – it is a requisite. But what if we do not have the means to support such vigorous usage of the internet? Well, your first move should be to search for internet plans and packages that can help you with this. Many internet providers offer bundled up services for internet, cable, and phone – these bundles are surprisingly reasonably priced and save us money as well. For instance, when we researched we found that Spectrum bundles offer internet speeds starting from 100 Mbps, more than 200 channels including HD and premium channels, and unlimited calls without any cancellation charges or contracts. Same with Dish. Deals like such can help you control your budget while letting you enjoy the good life.
In the event that bundling up feels unnecessary or you do not want to go in that direction for whatever reason, we are here with some exclusive tips on saving data on a low budget internet connection.
Tips For Saving Data On A Low Budget Internet Connection
Keep an eye on your data usage
Monitoring the amount of data being consumed can do you a favor. Every website and every application you use on your computer or on your smartphone, consumes data and this data consumption is different for each activity you perform so when you understand your data consumption, you would also understand how to control it – which sites to use, how much time to stay logged in, what activities to perform, etc. For example, applications like email do not consume as much data as applications like Instagram.
Talking about your cell phone, this is the amount of data consumed by certain applications:
|Activity/ Application||Amount of Data Being Consumed|
|Streaming of an SD video||0.7 GigaByte per hour|
|Streaming of an HD video||2.5 GigaByte per hour|
|Streaming of a 4K HDR video||5.85 GigaByte per hour|
|Streaming of music||72 MegaByte per hour|
|Web surfing||1 MegaByte per web page|
|Standard Online Gaming||12 MegaByte per hour|
|Social media upload||5 MegaByte per image|
|Email transfer (no attached file)||20 KiloByte per email|
|Email transfer (including attached file)||300 KiloByte per email|
Using a wireless connection for your internet is like having a proxy. Using Wi-Fi is like enjoying the treat without having to buy it. These days, every place we visit has its own Wi-Fi service. Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, shopping centers, even parks, and bus stations have their own distinct wireless connections so why not use them? It will only take an extra fifteen seconds to get connected to a public Wi-Fi and the burden of usage would not be on your connection at all. You would be able to use Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter freely once again!
Download only when connected to Wi-Fi
Make this a life rule: update your phone only when it is connected to a wireless connection. Whether the updates are for any application or your phone software let them wait till you connect to Wi-Fi. Moreover, heavy data activities like making a TikTok video, streaming an HD video, or playing an online game should wait till you connect to a Wi-Fi connection.
Disable background updates
Most of the applications, from social media to your gaming apps, are updated on a regular basis. While you think that you are not using data, these applications are. You can save your data by disabling or restricting the background updates altogether. You can allow your cell phone to manually ask for your permission for updates. If this feels a bit overwhelming, you can also restrict few heavy applications and let the other nominal data consuming apps working as they are.
Desize your data usage
There is a way you can use to compress or desize your data in order to save it. For this, all you have to do is make a few, small changes. Change your browser type and start using the compressed versions. Browsers like Opera Mini can help in such cases. Also, you can start using a light version of your favorite applications. For example, instead of using Facebook, start using Facebook lite for data saving.
Close all applications after you are done
Well, all of us have this toxic routine of leaving our applications after we use them. Probably because it feels enough. But it actually is not! You need to properly close these apps.
Applications that are not closed in the right manner can consume data in the background which can make you reach the data cap even without using it.
How to close apps on Android?
The following steps will help you to close the background applications on your android phones:
- To close just one application, you need to swipe up from your phone screen’s bottom side, hold it, and let go. Then, swipe up the application that you want to close.
- To close all applications, you need to move up to at least the middle part of your phone screen, swipe up all the applications till you find the ‘clear all; option.
How to close apps on iOS?
- If your iPhone is older than iPhone X, you need to press your home button twice and then swipe up all the unnecessary applications.
- For people with iPhone X or newer versions, you need to swipe up from the bottom, once all the used apps are on screen, you can swipe away the ones you don’t need.
Turn off GPS
An uncommon fact is that your GPS sucks a lot of your data without your knowledge. keep your GPS turned off till you actually have to use it. Also, you can take the GPS maps to work offline as well. Though it sounds superficial, it actually works and you should give it a try.
The tips discussed in this article are enough to save your data. In the event that you cannot save data even after following these tips, you should consider upgrading your data plan because sometimes we actually need an upgrade.
Stay safe and healthy!