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10 Data saving tips!

10 Data saving tips!

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10 Data saving tips!

We all want to make sure we get the most out of our mobile data. Here are 10 tips to make your data go that little bit further.


  1. Connect to Wi-Fi where possible

Got an ADSL / Cable / NBN connection at home? Use this data instead of the data on your phone! Save your usage when you are out and about. Just make sure you have connected to your Wi-Fi network at home initially and you should automatically reconnect every time you enter the front door.

For iOS click here for instructions on how to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

For Android click here for instructions on how to connect to a Wi-Fi network.


  1. Close any apps you are not using

If you are not actively using the app, close them! This could save both your data and your battery!


End active applications


• Press the Home button twice in a row quickly.
• To end an active app, flick the window above the app icon upwards on the screen until it disappears
• Tap the Home button to return to the home screen

• Launch the recent applications menu.
• In the app list find the application you want to close
• Tap and hold on the application and swipe it to the right.


  1. Disable background refreshing or data fetching

Often certain apps can refresh in the background and this requires data. Turn this feature off so you are in control of your data usage


Turn off background app refresh

• Tap Settings
• Tap General
• Tap Background App Refresh
• Toggle the Background App Refresh button so it's no longer green, or toggle the button beside each app to manage them individually
• Tap the Home button to return to the home screen

• Select Apps
• Select Settings
• Under Network Connections, select Data Usage
• Scroll downwards to view the data usage record per app (limits and warnings can be modified by dragging the values on the graph)
• Select an app's record for further information
• Select Restrict background data (if available) to restrict data usage when the app isn't being used


  1. Watch your kids usage

Talking from experience here! Make sure you watch your kids using your phone. It’s amazing what they can download, watch and access whilst they have your device. Whilst it can be simple to hand your phone over to play a few games or watch a few videos it’s amazing what content they can download and consume your usage. I’d suggest to keep a keen eye on how your child is using your phone and if possible, use a pin number or parental controls to limit what they can access.


  1. Turn off your mobile data

Some people do not even need data whilst out and about. If that’s you, set your phone to only use Wi-Fi networks (for example when you get home!)


Turn off mobile data for individual applications that you only want to use when connected to Wi-Fi.

• Tap Settings
• Tap Cellular
• Scroll down to 'Use Cellular Data For' section
• Toggle the Cellular Data switch off, so it is no longer green for the apps only use on Wi-Fi
• You can turn these back on again any time by toggling the switch back "on"

• Swipe down from the top of the screen to access menu
• Select Settings, press Data usage and then flick the Mobile data switch from On to Off - this will completely turn off your mobile data connection.


  1. Set your apps to automatically update over Wi-Fi only

Whilst it’s important to update the latest updates for your phone, do it whilst you are at home or within a Wi-Fi network. This then can be handy to update apps overnight and not whilst you are at the shops.


Set Apps to update over Wi-Fi

• Tap Settings
• Tap ‘your name’ (The name you used when setting up your Apple ID will appear here) 
• Tap ‘iTunes & App Store’
• Toggle ‘Use Cellular Data’ off.

• Launch Google Play
• Tap on the three horizontal lines icon at the top left corner and choose ‘Settings’. 
• Under General choose Auto-update apps and select 'Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only'


  1. Limit the amount of Facetime & Skype used whilst out and about

We all love to show our friends where we are or something exciting. Whilst you can video chat (either through Facetime / Skype or other programs) this does consume a significant amount of data. Be sure to not spend too long talking via video to your pals and if so, maybe a picture could tell a thousand words instead?


  1. Love listening to music on your device?

This can consume your data usage rather quickly. Be sure to download your playlists of songs via Wi-Fi first or better yet, use Apple Music data free! For more information visit

(Note: A subscription to Apple Music may be required to stream music)


  1. Are you a keen navigator?

The use of Google Maps and Apple Maps can consume usage to download the locations and directions of the area you are in. It’s OK to use (in fact great if you get lost!) just be mindful you are continuously using data. Be sure that you hit the ‘End’ button once your journey is complete to stop data being consumed when you have found your way.


  1. Use the Boost Mobile App

Finally, the easy way to know how you are tracking for usage. Simply download the Boost Mobile App either via Android or iOS.  For other devices, you can do this online from your phone’s browser or by dialing #111# from your phone.


All the best!