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Tech Tip - How to manage your data when travelling overseas

Tech Tip - How to manage your data when travelling overseas

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Tech Tip - How to manage your data when travelling overseas

If you’re planning an overseas trip you are going to want to make sure you have enough data to use your phone. If your plan involves using your Australian handset and SIM there are a number of settings on your phone that can help keep data costs down.

Roaming is available in most countries commonly visited from Australia with Boost Mobile. International roaming rates are higher than rates within Australia. Check call rates for the country you’re visiting here


Here is a handy guide to help you navigate the data settings of your smartphone.


Turn Off Data Roaming

If you’re not planning on using mobile data you’ll want to turn off the Data Roaming on your device. As long as this is turned off you won’t be able to connect to any 4G or 3G networks outside of Australia.

 

To do this on iOS head to Settings > Mobile Data (or Cellular) > Mobile Data Options > and turn off Data Roaming by moving the slider to the left.

 

On Android head to Settings > Find: Mobile Networks > and turn off Data Roaming by moving the slider to the left

 

Turn Off Mobile Data

Alternatively you can also completely turn off all Mobile Data, regardless of where you are.

 

On iOS its: Settings > Mobile Data (or Cellular) > Mobile Data Options > and turn off Cellular Data by moving the slider to the left.

 

For Android: Settings > Find “Data Usage” > and turn off Mobile data by moving slider to the left.

 

Turn Off Location Services

If you’re wanting to just limit data usage, first of all try turning off Location Services. While you won’t be able to use maps apps, many apps like to use your location in the background, so overall this will cut your data use down.

 

To turn off Location Services on iOS: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Turn Off.

 

For Android: Settings > Find Location > Turn Off.

 

Control Mobile Data for Each App

Similar to what you’ve just done with your Location Services, you can also toggle Mobile Data on and off on an individual basis for each app. This means, for example, you can make sure that while data is disabled for everything else, you can still get your emails.

 

On iOS: Settings >  Mobile (or Cellular) > Scroll down to Use Mobile (or Cellular) Data For and Toggle On or Off for each installed app.

 

For Android™: Settings  > Find Data Usage > Data Saver > Turn On. Then, head to Applications, tap the apps you still want using data and tap Mobile Data >  Allow Unrestricted Data Usage.

 

Offline Modes

Some apps have Offline modes, or allow you to save certain songs, videos, or files for Offline use. In preparation for your trip it’s worth looking into the apps you’re likely to want to use and save some materials ahead of time.

Turn Off Background Refresh

If you’re not wanting to disable mobile data in general, or toggle individual apps, it’s still a good idea to turn off Background Refresh settings. This will prevent your phone from using data in the background to update apps, or retrieve/send messages while you’re not using it, and allow you to control your data usage more deliberately.

 

iOS: Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Move slider to the Left.

 

For Android this is using the Data Saver function again. Those steps once more are: Settings  > Find Data Usage > Data Saver > Turn On. Then, head to Applications, tap the apps you still want using data and tap Mobile Data >  Allow Unrestricted Data Usage.