Whether you're on an unlimited data plan and just burnt through all your high-speed data, or have a limited bucket of data and need to micro-manage your usage, these tips will help you get started and stay on top of your usage.
What's using my data?
First, we'll want to get an overview of what is using up all that data via the following steps:
Go to settings
Click on Cellular
You should now see an overview of all the apps using mobile data on your device and adjust your usage patterns accordingly. For example, if a video streaming application is using most of your data, then restrict your streaming to only when you're connected to Wi-Fi or pre-download the shows/movies you want to watch on the go.
Disable Background App Refresh
Many apps continue to use data even when you've moved on to another app. This is referred to as background datausage and can easily add up as you pile on the apps running in the background. Disabling Background App Refresh stops all that. Here's how to disable it:
Go to settings
Click on General
Click on Background App Refresh
Select WiFi or Off.
The Nuclear Option
If you can't afford to have a single extra megabyte more using up data then this will put an immediate halt on all Mobile Data usage until you say so.
Go to Settings
Cellular Data swipe the slider to the off position
A multipronged approach
In addition to the above here are a few other things to consider:
Disable Auto-Play for videos on your Social Media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
Pre-download your music, tv shows, or videos when on Wi-Fi
Be very vigilant with your usage when using your phone as a Hot Spot!
Try to close apps when your done with them
When it comes to apps & system upgrades, only update over Wi-Fi
Hope these tips help, we will try to update these from time to time but feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below.