What the Tech? Making your phone data plan last during summer
Even if you're phone plan is for "unlimited data,” you can still go over a certain amount when the wireless carrier will throttle the speed of the network. You might go from 4G LTE to 2G before the end of the month. Then you can almost forget trying to watch a video or even streaming music. We all need to keep an eye on the amount of data we use. If you seem to use more of your data plan in the summer months, it's more than likely because you're not on a Wi-Fi network as much.
The good news is there are a few settings you can change to make your data package last longer.
First, check to see which apps are using the most data. go to settings, then 'cellular.’ You'll see each app and how much data it's gobbling up. You'll probably see some apps using data that you're not even using. Turn those off. You can still use them on Wi-Fi, or turn cellular on when you need to use the app. On an Android phone, go to settings and turn on "data saver.”
Once they're turned off, you won't get notifications of a new post or comment until you open the app when you're on Wi-Fi and turn cellular back on. Most people will see that it's Maps or Waze, anything that constantly tracks your phone. If you use your phone for directions, you can download a Google Map before you leave the house, and use it offline. To do that, open the Google Maps app, and tap the three lines at the top left. Then, offline maps.
It may have already downloaded a map of the area between your home and work, but you can select your own map. If you're going on vacation, you can download a map of the area by navigating the box to where you're going once you tap "offline maps.”
Tap 'download' and you'll be able to use this map without using data. It will take up some of the storage on the phone and you won't be able to get live traffic data.
Also, you may have 'Wi-Fi assisted phone calls' turned on. This is helpful if you're in areas with spotty cell service, but if it's always on, it can use data. Turn it off. If you don't notice a difference in the quality of your phone calls, keep it off.
Social media apps can eat up your data plan, even when you're not using them. Next time we'll look at a couple of things you may want to change in Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.