How to spend less and get the most out of your data

Internet users often get flabbergasted when they are browsing and suddenly they receive a notification that they have used 80% of their data. This happens to everyone unless you’re on unlimited internet.

Sometimes the telecom companies play unfair monopoly advantage and keep chopping data unnecessarily. Minutes into browsing, your internet data is already used up.

So unless you understand what is happening with your phone, you might keep on stretching your budget for data.

These tips will allow you to manage your data efficiently and effectively.

1. Only subscribe for bundles that you can afford

Everyone operates on a budget. Depending on how you earn or your net worth, you will always have a budget threshold above which it becomes an abnormal expense.
Select internet service providers that provide affordably. Secure and reliable internet services. You don’t want to get stranded with an internet service provider that keeps chopping your data bundles or offers expensive data plans.

2. Enable data saver mode on your phone.

If you’re not an IT geek, no problem. Almost all smartphones come with a data saver feature that doesn’t require technical know-how.

The data saver feature is usually located on the drop-down menu where you turn on data. You simply turn it on and your battery usage gets optimized.

3. Opt for cheaper data options

Telecom companies offer data bundles based on duration such as daily, weekly, monthly, or even unlimited. The package you choose to subscribe for solely depends on you.

Therefore it’s advisable to subscribe to data bundles with internet service providers that you trust and are affordable.

4. Be on the lookout for promotions

Telecom companies usually offer promotions as part of their marketing strategy. This often comes with a huge chunk of gigabytes or megabytes for the lucky users.

Understand how the promotion works before you participate in it. Most promotions are attached to terms and conditions.

5. Ensure that data sharing is not enabled on your Simcard

Do you know the feeling of knowing that you have a data parasite? Forget the biology, a person with who you’re sharing your own data.

If you willingly offered to share your data, then you won’t feel the pain. Airtel Services like Tugabane often allows its users to share their internet bundles with friends or family.

6. Make use of night bundles

It’s surprising that one of the cheapest and yet less used bundle is the night bundle. I mean who can decide to sacrifice their midnight and stay awake till morning just to be online.

Unless you’re the nocturnal type, it’s not a walk in the park. You need the will to adapt to the weird hours of the night.

6. Uninstall Apps that consume data in the background

Did you know that much of your battery is consumed by Apps running in the background? Well, you heard it.

You need to stop any application that you’re not using from running in the background. That way you will have a long battery lifespan and less consumption of data.

7. Avoid joining WhatsApp Groups that are of no benefit to you

WhatsApp groups often come with numerous benefits if not only communication. This leaves a heavy burden on your data in groups that are actively engaging and sharing content here and there.

The more content is exchanged, the higher your data consumption.

The best way to avoid this case scenario is to only join groups that you will participate actively in and they display useful information to you.

8. Hotspot your phone internet when using a laptop

Laptops have a high data consumption rate when using devices like modems as compared to when you hotspot the data from your phone.

This way you will have a longer screen time rather than a direct connection.

9. Understand the functionality of your phone

Phones come with different network types such as the 2G, 3G, and the 4G. Users who prefer 4G usually are seeking high-speed internet connectivity.

The only constraint is that you need a 4G enabled phone and a service provider that allows 4G connectivity.
Otherwise, most phones have 2G and 3G network types.

Share in the comments how you save data on your phone.

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Written by Mila Joshua Yona

Pro South Sudanese Blogger, Digital Marketer & Web Designer. I help entrepreneurs scale up their businesses online. You can join my Facebook Group Here or Telegram Group Here

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