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Four Smart Tips To Help Save Your Smartphone Data

Here’s how to put your smartphone on a data diet, making sure those bytes work for rather than against you.

1.Stay in sync

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If you need round-the-clock access to a steady stream of music, download or sync your Apple Music and Spotify playlists while you’re on Wi-Fi, so you don’t waste data streaming your tunes later. Spotify Premium users can download up to 3,333 songs – enough to give even the most ardent muso’s shuffle button a workout.

2. Stop sneaky automatic updates and background app refreshes

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Look, don’t panic, but you’re probably wasting lots of data…even as you read this. Whether it’s Facebook or Instagram, anything kept open drains data by constantly reloading in the background. Deselect a bunch of apps in the ‘background app refresh’ section of settings and also switch off ‘automatic updates’ to stop iTunes and App Store rinsing data updating the ‘stocks’ and ‘newstand’ apps, which no one has ever used, ever.

3. Make your maps available offline

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Do you remember having to print out actual maps on pieces of paper before venturing out of the house? No? Then you are too young, friend. Trust us, it was a nightmare. The streets full of bumbling idiots wondering what to do once they’d walked off the page. Google Maps has changed everything – but it is a data eater. By simply creating maps within the ‘My Maps’ section of the app and making them available offline, you’ll save on both data and battery-life.

4. Show WhatsApp who’s boss

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A classic millennial conundrum: you’re running out of data, it’s two weeks until your next allowance kicks in, and you desperately want to watch the video that’s just been posted on the “Banter Boys Assemble” WhatsApp thread. What to do? Thankfully, there’s a capped set plan and so can check data usage.

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