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Mobile data: Reduce data usage and save on your phone bill

Ting Mobile tips to reduce your data usage and save money

There are many different ways to reduce data usage without having to limit yourself or switch up your smartphone routine. At Ting Mobile, we offer plans with data options that range from add-as-needed to unlimited. For those that don’t need an unlimited plan and want to save big; if your habits result in less data use, you’ll spend less on your monthly bill.

Using Wi-Fi instead of mobile data

There are simple steps we can take to save mobile data. We all know that the more you connect to Wi-Fi, the less mobile data you use. But making this a firm habit saves you more data than you might think, allowing you to choose a cheaper data plan. 

Did you know there are data saving toggles and features in popular apps (including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) that help you cut your data use? There are also controls built right into your smartphone operating system to do the same.

Comprehensive guides

Check out some of our longer-form articles that will teach you everything you need to know about smartphone mobile data use.

From the basics to the bonus features, the guides below have it all.

Android iconiPhone iconDo more with your smartphone without paying more for data

Android iconiPhone iconFive simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

Understanding your mobile data usage

Want to reduce data usage but not sure where to start? You’re in the right place.

Learn where data is typically used on your smartphone and find out how to handle apps that may drain your data plan without having to sacrifice your smartphone experience.

Android iconiPhone iconHow many megabytes are in a gig? Understanding mobile data usage

Android iconControl which Android apps use background mobile data

iPhone iconControl which iOS apps use cellular data

Android iconTake control of how your apps use data with NetGuard

Android iconiPhone iconWhat is mobile data and how much do I need?

Android iconiPhone iconWhat can you do with 1 GB of data

Reduce and manage data usage

There are controls built right into your smartphone operating system that will help you reduce mobile data usage. Here are some general apps and settings within Android and iOS smartphones that will lower your cellular data usage.

Android iconiPhone iconBlock ads while browsing to lower data usage

iPhone iconDisable Wi-Fi Assist to save your mobile data

Make the most of Wi-Fi

When you connect to Wi-Fi at home, work, school or a cafe, you don’t use any data. Here are some tips and tricks for making the most of Wi-Fi and saving even more.

Android iconWi-Fi Analyzer finds the best connection

Android iconiPhone iconAutomatically connect to Wi-Fi at home and work

Android iconiPhone iconFree Wi-Fi calling with Google Hangouts

Unplug from your phone

While phones can be powerful tools that make our lives better, they can also feel like a bit of a burden sometimes. Why not unplug from your phone a bit? This is a sure-fire way to limit your data use. If you rarely use data and truly could do without it, you can even consider going with a flip or feature phone for texting and calling only.  

Android iconiPhone iconHow to unplug: it starts with your phone

Android iconiPhone iconGoing grayscale to use your phone more mindfully

Lower mobile data use in popular apps

Most popular apps include a built-in data-saving toggle or feature. There’s no need to stop using an app entirely, just take a look through the icons below and find the apps you recognize to reduce mobile data usage.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Google Maps are just a few of the apps listed below.

Facebook data saving Reduce data usage in Facebook (Android – select devices only)

Snapchat travel modeEnable Travel Mode to save data in Snapchat

Snapchat data savingUse Snapchat Memories to save your mobile data

Instagram data savingReduce data usage in Instagram

PocketCasts data savingAutomatically download podcasts over Wi-Fi (Android)

Podcast data savingAutomatically download podcasts over Wi-Fi (iOS)

Google Play data savingUpdate Google Play apps over Wi-Fi only

Google Maps data savingDownload Google Maps for offline use

Can you think of any other ways to limit your data use that we’ve missed? Please let us know in the comments below.