11 of the biggest data-wasting mistakes you’re making on your iPhone

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You know that sinking feeling when you get a message from your network provider two weeks into your billing cycle helpfully informing you that you’ve busted your data cap for the month? Yeah, not fun.

Data comes at a premium these days, and when you only have 2GB to work with, there’s no room for data consumption errors. Read on to see how you can prevent yourself from paying excess data charges.

P.S: You should also probably read this when you have Wi-Fi. Every megabyte counts.

NOT LOCATING THE DATA DRAIN

Step number one is admitting that you have a problem. Number two? Identifying your problem. There’s a way to hunt down the app responsible for draining the bulk of your data within your phone settings, so why aren’t you using it?

Do this instead: Go to Settings, then Mobile. If you scroll a little way down, you’ll see the apps and how much data they’ve been consuming. You can even see which of the system services is responsible for sucking up all your data and adjust your behaviour accordingly.

You’ve also got the option to switch the usage of mobile data off for the less important apps, making sure that you’re plugging every possible data gap. Just toggle them off if you think you can handle using them only when you’re on Wi-Fi, especially heavy data consumers like FaceTime.

PRO TIP

You might want to scroll all the way to the bottom to Reset Statistics at the start of your billing cycle. That way, you can suss out the culprit that’s doing you the most data damage every month, instead of looking at cumulative data consumption. Be vigilant and you’ll get to the bottom of the matter.

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