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5 tips to save data volume on your iPhone

From TECHBOOK | April 9, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

Automatically playing Facebook videos, apps that eat data undetected in the background, and volume-devouring updates: If you are not careful, the monthly data volume can quickly be used up. TECHBOOK explains how to reduce the data consumption of the iPhone.

Unfortunately, you have to manage the data consumption on your smartphone and if you are not careful, the mobile data will be used up before the end of the month. To prevent this from happening, TECHBOOK has five tips with which you can save data volume on your iPhone and surf longer at full speed.

1. Check your own consumption

The first step in getting a grip on data consumption is to find the biggest data suckers on your own mobile phone. All you have to do is Settings of the iPhone open and Mobile network choose. If you scroll down, you will find a list of all apps that use mobile internet and, more importantly, how much mobile internet they use.

Is there an app among them that you rarely or never use and that still uses a lot of data? In this case, you can either completely separate the app from the mobile internet by flipping the switch next to the app and only use it in the WLAN or you can only switch off the background updates for the app.

To do this, you have to go back to theSettings of the iPhone and scroll down until you find the app in question. Here you can now use theBackground update Deactivate - the app only uses the internet if you actually use it, which can save an enormous amount of data volume on the iPhone.

2. Make WhatsApp, Facebook and Co. less hungry for data

With apps like WhatsApp and Facebook, for many it is not an option to deny them access to the mobile network or to switch off background updates. But here, too, there are ways to save data volume using the iPhone.

It is worth taking a look at both of them Settings: WhatsApp, for example, allows content such as videos and voice messages to be downloaded automatically only via WiFi and thus saves volume. You can also set a reduced data consumption for WhatsApp calls. The way there leads within WhatsApp via theSettings. If you click here Data and memory usage, you can determine there which data should be transmitted over the mobile Internet.

You can find out how you can save even more data with WhatsApp in the linked article.

A big data hog on Facebook is the automatic playback of videos in the timeline. To deactivate this function, you have to tap on the three lines in the lower right corner of the app, then continue onSettingsandAccount settings. Here you can now Videos and photos select and there at the function Autoplay Restrict the automatic download of videos to the WLAN. Depending on how much you use Facebook on the go, you can significantly reduce data consumption.

3. Switch off WLAN support

Since iOS 9, Apple has built a function into the iPhones that many users have unsuspectingly sent to reduced speed: "WLAN support" is the name of the function that ensures that the mobile Internet is automatically activated in the event of very poor WLAN reception jumps in and thus ensures a faster connection.

The problem: The iPhone does not indicate that mobile internet is being used and users believe they are in the WLAN. This can lead to massive data consumption unconsciously. So if you regularly run out of data volume, you should deactivate this function as a precaution. To do this, simply join theSettingson Mobile networktap and scroll all the way down. That is where the point is found WiFi support - deactivate this.

4. Disable automatic app updates

If you have a lot of apps installed on your iPhone, automatic app updates can swallow up a lot of data volume. You should therefore check whether the iPhone is automatically loading updates and via which connection it is doing this. To do this, you go to theSettings of the iPhone and dials iTunes & App Stores.

Here you can not only see what is being loaded automatically, but you can also prevent it from being loaded via the mobile network. Simply use the function Use mobile data Deactivate and save a lot of data volume on the iPhone.

5. Use a browser with data compression

In order to reduce data consumption even further, you can switch to browsers, which use compression to further reduce data consumption when surfing. Instead of using Safari, you can switch to Opera Mini, for example. Here the compression is activated automatically and you save valuable MB while surfing.

How much data volume do Spotify, Netflix & Co. actually use?

If you want to save data volume, you should also keep in mind what the individual streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Spotify actually use. Would you have thought that high quality Spotify is consuming over 100MB per hour? In the following article you can find the data usage of all major streaming services.

In this regard, you can also save data volume by, for example, loading your Spotify playlists onto your iPhone in advance when you are on the go. The same applies to the streaming provider you use. Netflix, Prime Video and Disney +, for example, all offer a download function. You just need to have enough storage space.

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