how to use less data

South Africa has one of the highest data costs in Africa, with an average $2.20 (R37) For 1GB prepaid mobile data. Incredibly, this is less than it was a few years ago. But even then, it’s a lot to pay. Especially for the many South Africans who rely on mobile data for internet access for both personal and business reasons.

The good news is that there are some ways to use less data and save money on your data costs. And as you know, we are all about savings, so let us dig into our royal tips on how you can use less data and get more.

Choose WiFi, Always

A very easy way to use less data is to connect to WiFi whenever possible. Many public places, such as coffee shops, restaurants, and libraries offer free Wi-Fi. Just make sure you’re connecting to a secure network because scammers are offering free Wi-Fi to steal your personal information. Check with the coffee shop you’re connecting to their real network by using their password.

turn off those automatic updates

Automatic updates can use a lot of data, even if you are not aware of it. Loading your phone with data is a difficult moment and it should be gone in a matter of minutes as each app seizes the opportunity to update. To avoid this, turn off automatic updates on your phone and choose to update your phone and apps only when connected to WiFi.

Say yes to data saving apps

Data saving apps can help reduce your usage by compressing data and blocking ads. When you’re out and about, choose to use these apps instead of the apps you’d use when connected to WiFi. Some popular data-saving apps in South Africa include Opera Mini, datelyAnd MyMTN, if you’re interested in this tip.

Limit video streaming

Most of us do not know how to stream videos when we are not connected to WiFi. But what if you don’t have a choice? Well, the answer to this conundrum is to either download videos while connected to WiFi and watch them later, or reduce the quality of the video you’re streaming.

Take your maps offline

Navigation apps use a lot of data. They’re also pretty essential, so how can you avoid using up your data if you need to use an app like Maps? What you can do is set the offline option, as it does not require an internet connection. There are 2 great options with this feature, including Google Maps and Here Wego.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure

The average person doesn’t really know how much data they use, especially if they’re going back and forth between WiFi and their personal data. The thing is, monitoring your data usage will give you an idea of ​​what it’s doing. Then you can make a choice to avoid going over your limit.

In fact, did you know that most mobile providers offer data usage tracking? Check with your provider to see how much data you’ve used and how much is left. You may also be able to set up alerts to notify you when you’re nearing your data limit.

Raja has got your phone covered

Almost 10 years ago, in 2013, the King introduced cellphone insurance as part of our royal mission to make it less painful to have your smartphone made away with by a crook or your child flushing it down the toilet.

After all these years, we are still covering phones against loss, damage and theft by offering this cover as part of our portable property policy. Otherwise, you may find yourself paying for a contract even though you don’t have a device to use!

Getting King Insurance for your phone just requires 1 call, or you can WhatsApp us on 0860 50 50 50.

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