7 Thrifty Ways to Cut Down Data Usage on Your Smartphone

 Azhar Abulhamayel
  Apr 08, 2018

If you’re used to Wi-Fi being available wherever you go, relying solely on your data plan may come quite as a surprise. Without self-control, your mobile data usage can be pretty expensive. But you don’t have to worry, there’s something you can do to make the most out of what you have.

Saving Money on Data Usage

Don’t think that the only way to take reduce your data usage without incurring additional costs is by not using the internet. Because just like food and water, access to the web is essential in today’s day-to-day living. Instead, focus on getting a reasonable internet package and follow the tips below to slash your data usage and save yourself from ruining your budget.

1) Track your data usage regularly

You can determine how much data you’re using by looking at your monthly bill. Download and make use of a data monitoring app such as Data Status. If you figured out that you aren’t using a lot of data, it’s about time you increase your phone activities.

But before you start streaming videos, make sure you’ve already set limits and restrictions on your data usage to avoid unnecessary costs. But if you want savings, you can also opt to discontinue your current plan and go for something cheaper. As much as possible, consume your data allowance every month so that you get 100 percent of what you’re paying for.

2) Stay updated on promotions and offers

Service providers have phone promotions and offers for their consumers. Be updated on the latest announcements to catch any offers that will benefit you. It’s also a good idea to subscribe to your provider’s newsletters to be informed of anything related to your phone plan.

Discounts are also quite favorable, so always take advantage of it whenever you have the opportunity. Most of the time, these discounts or promos are available for a limited time only, so grab them while they’re being offered.

3) Read offline

Using Firefox for browsing allows you to have a built-in reading list. Save articles that catch your interest for you to read later.

Here’s how you can save articles so you can read them offline and not waste your bandwidth.

1. Tap the menu button

2. Select the icon that appears like a book with an “a+” on

3. Start saving articles

4) Disable apps that are not in use

If you usually use apps like Google Drive or Dropbox, make sure they don’t automatically backup and sync new files. These features can consume much of your data which are sometimes the reason why you have extra fees on your monthly phone bills. Do the same to your other apps so that you can lessen your data consumption.

5) Use an ad blocker

You may not be aware of it but ads can take up quite a lot of your bandwidth. Sometimes, just by using an ad blocker, you can save up to 50 percent on your data. All you have to do is to download an ad blocker like Adblock Plus or AdGuard then install it on your phone. Then, whenever you’re browsing sites, make sure your ad blocker is turned on.

6) Disable updates while on data connection

When using Play Store, make sure it isn’t downloading items when you’re on data connection. To check, follow these steps:

1. Open the sidebar in Play Store

2. Tap Settings

3. Go to Auto-update apps

4. Click “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” or choose to disable auto-updates completely

7) Don’t use Facebook or Instagram while on data

Instagram and Facebook are huge bandwidth hogs. As much as possible, use these apps while connected to your Wi-Fi network at home. If you can’t help it, use these apps only when you want to post something then exit quickly right after.

In today’s digital world, it can be hard to survive with just a 3G connection especially when you need it for work. But with the tips above, your days of phone data angst are nearly over. Now, you can enjoy going online without worrying if you still have enough data to consume.

7 Thrifty Ways to Cut Down Data Usage on Your Smartphone

Azhar Abulhamayel

Azhar Abulhamayel is the Head of Marketing - National Segment and High Value at Zain KSA. The company was the first operator in the Middle East to commercially launch the 4G/LTE network. Zain serves +10M customers, has extended its network coverage to 94% of the population, and attracts thousands of new customers daily.

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