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Use data economically with these 6 tips

by One magazineSolutions06/04/2017

Use data economically with these 6 tips

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Using more data means more megabytes that you or your staff use via smartphone. Sharing data, downloading files, sending emails, using navigation apps ... everything you do via 3G or 4G eats up data. These 6 tips will help you make the most of your mobile data volume.

  1. Things you do via Wi-Fi, you always do more economically

    You can switch to a free Wi-Fi network whenever possible. If there is no Wi-Fi network nearby, then you can always use a Wi-Fi ‘Hotspot’ for free Internet access. The biggest Wi-Fi community in Belgium is provided via Proximus and Fon and includes over one million hotspots in Belgium alone. Worldwide, there are over 19 million. 

    Making your smartphone a local hotspot, and therefore providing internet access when you are on the move to other connected devices such as your laptop or tablet via ‘tethering’ is also a very useful technique. But it will also use your data bundle, so only switch on this function as you need it. 

  2. Allow updates only with your consent

    Apps and software on your smartphone that are automatically updated can use up a lot of data if you are connected to the mobile network. It is best to start these updates yourself, when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. How do you do that?

    For Android:

    • Go to the Google Play store
    • Click on the three little lines in the top left
    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Switch off ‘Update Apps Automatically’

    For iPhone:

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘iTunes and App Store’
    • Switch off ‘Use Mobile Data’

  3. Which apps eat up the most data?

    By managing your storage, you can see exactly how much data your apps use. By automatically uploading photos and videos, you will see that apps such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. use a great deal. So it is better to switch off this function. Here’s an example.

    Facebook on Android:

    • Go to the Facebook app
    • Click on the three little lines in the top left
    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘App settings’
    • Click on ‘Play Automatically’
    • Click on ‘With Wi-Fi connections only’

    Facebook on iPhone:

    • Go to the Facebook app
    • Right click on the three little lines
    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Click on ‘Account Settings’
    • Click on ‘Videos and Photos’ and on ‘Play Automatically’
    • Tick ‘With Wi-Fi connections only’

    In addition, when streaming videos or music, it is best to choose a lower quality than high definition. 

  4. Push or no push?

    Push notification messages tell you when an app on your smartphone is active. Apps which you may not be using at first sight, still send you reminders such as “Go and exercise”. These apps usually work ‘in the background’. You can make sure they do not use any data. 

    For Android

    • This setting is not in the same place in every type of phone

    For iPhone:

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘General’
    • Go to ‘Background App Refresh’

  5. Location services

    An application using “location-based services” that runs permanently can use up huge amounts of data without you even noticing. So switch off the location-based services if you don’t need them. 

    For Android: 

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘Location’
    • Switch off the setting

    For iPhone: 

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘Privacy’
    • Switch off ‘Location Services’

  6. Check your data usage regularly

    Android and iOS record how much data you have used in the last month.

    For Android:

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘Wireless and Networks’
    • Go to ‘Data Usage’

    For iPhone:

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Go to ‘Mobile Data’

Thanks to the MyProximus application, you can obtain an overview of your calls, messages (SMS and MMS), and Internet usage at any time, with a single click. Download the MyProximus application onto your mobile phone, smartphone or tablet. You will find this application on Google Play Store, App Store, etc. You can also download MyProximus via Wi-Fi but for this you need to surf at least once a month via 3G.

Proximus also sends you text messages when you have exceeded your data limit. 

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