There is a feature on every smartphone that allows users to minimise and monitor data usage on their phones. This feature sometimes comes preinstalled or in the form of an app that can be downloaded from an app store.
Below are steps smartphone users can follow to minimise and monitor their data usage
1 – Uninstall every app that you never use from your phone. This is extremely effective because it’s impossible for an app to use your phone’s data if it isn’t even installed on the device.
Note: Many pre-installed apps cannot be uninstalled from a device. However, you can disable them which will also prevent them from using any background data.
2 – Change a setting for each app that will prevent it from sending or receiving data in the background.
But there are likely several apps that you do use but you don’t really need for them to be sending or receiving data in the background when you aren’t actually using them.
It is recommended that you leave the background data enabled for apps that need to receive data and alert you to changes at all times (your email and messaging apps, for example).
You can safely disable background data access for all of your other apps.
Luckily, this is very easy to do. Just follow the steps below for the type of phone you’re using…
If you have an Android phone:
1 – Tap the Settings icon.
2 – Depending on how it’s labelled in your particular phone, tap either Apps or Apps and notification.
3 – Tap on the name of the app you wish to disable background data usage for.
4 – Tap Data usage.
5 – Toggle the “Background data” setting to Off.
6 – Repeat steps 1-5 for every other app that you wish to disable background data usage for.
If you have an iPhone:
1 – Tap the settings icon.
2 – Tap General.
3 – Tap Background App refresh.
4 – Toggle the setting to n off for every app in the list that you want to disable background data usage for.