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.
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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 oniOShead toSettings>Mobile Data(orCellular) >Mobile Data Options> and turn off Data Roaming by moving the slider to the left.
OnAndroidhead toSettings>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.
OniOSits:Settings>Mobile Data(orCellular) > Mobile Data Options > and turn off Cellular Data by moving the slider to the left.
ForAndroid: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 oniOS:Settings>Privacy>Location Services>TurnOff.
ForAndroid:Settings> FindLocation> TurnOff.
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.
OniOS:Settings> Mobile(orCellular) > Scroll down toUse Mobile (or Cellular) Data ForandToggle OnorOfffor each installed app.
ForAndroid™:Settings > FindData Usage>Data Saver>Turn On. Then, head toApplications, tap the apps you still want using data and tapMobile Data> Allow Unrestricted Data Usage.
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 theLeft.
ForAndroidthis is using the Data Saver function again. Those steps once more are:Settings > FindData Usage>Data Saver>Turn On. Then, head toApplications, tap the apps you still want using data and tapMobile Data> Allow Unrestricted Data Usage.