How much data do you really use?
Many of the things you do on your phone – like surfing the internet, streaming music and using GPS – use data.
Some use a little, some a lot. Here’s a rough guide to help you estimate your own data usage.
Data can be confusing to understand, so here’s a quick 101 on gigabytes and megabytes and what they mean for you.
In the same way that a weight of an object is measured in grams, data is measured in bytes. Today, data is commonly measured in kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB). As a guide, there are:
- 1,024 bytes in 1 kilobyte
- 1,024 kilobytes in 1 megabyte
- 1,024 megabytes in 1 gigabyte
Tips to limit mobile phone & mobile broadband usage
- Turn off or limit automatic notifications (eg. Facebook alerts)
- Limit or stop videos from automatically playing (autoplay) within websites/apps (e.g. Videos in your Facebook news feed)
- Turn off or limit location services (eg. mapping services where data is used for GPS / social media). Particularly for apps that don't really need your location to function.
- Set automatic software updates to download only over Wi-Fi (where available)
- Turn 'Push' email off (Push email is when your device automatically retrieves emails as they arrive). Switching to 'Pull' / 'Fetch' retrieves emails, when you manually refresh your mail or at a set time frequency (eg. Hourly) etc.
- Use secure Wi-Fi networks (where available)
- Limit or set apps, media, photos, podcasts, etc. to download, sync or back up via Wi-Fi only
- Use tablet / mobile versions of websites (where available)
- Switch off multi-tasking and / or background apps that are no longer in use
- Close unused browser windows / tabs
- Keep your device's operating system up to date
- Delete apps you don't use (to avoid unnecessary updates)
- Secure your device with a password