Earlier today iPhone5latest.com reported on iPad users who have complained about going through their 4G LTE monthly data allotment fast. Although this currently mostly affects iPad users, it will likely soon affect many iPhone users once they get the 4G LTE iPhone 5. Even if you don’t own a 4G LTE iPad and instead have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, you’ll find these quick tips for conserving data on your iPhone to be useful.
Tip #1: Wi-Fi Wherever Possible
One thing that many AT&T iPhone and iPad users forget is that AT&T has thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation that AT&T customers can use. These are restricted only to those who are a part of the AT&T network, so the connection is safe. Also, many public places, ranging from restaurants to libraries, offer a Wi-Fi connection. Wherever you can, you should take advantage of the Wi-Fi network. Not only will it save you data, it will also likely be considerably faster than the 3G or even 4G LTE network that your iPhone or iPad is on. One quick note: be very careful with your browsing if you are using an unsecure Wi-Fi network, as sometimes hackers use these to steal data. In other words, don’t check your bank account on an unsecure Wi-Fi network.
Tip #2: Don’t Use HD
Many of the media streaming apps on the iPad or iPhone allow movies, TV shows and other videos to be streamed in High Definition (HD). While HD obviously looks very nice, it comes at a price: the average HD video consumes a lot of data. If you’re not within reach of a Wi-Fi network and want to kick back with your favorite show, make sure you select the video in standard definition.
Tip #3: Use the Mobile Version
Although many websites, when visited in Safari on the iPhone or iPad, will go straight to the mobile version of the website, some do not. There are times where using the mobile version of the website may be more cumbersome than using the regular version on your iPhone or iPad, but the obvious advantage of using the mobile version is that it will generally take less time to load and thus consumes less data. Again, whenever possible, use the mobile version of the website you’re browsing. You can usually do this by typing m.websitename.com.
Have Tips to Share?
We just covered 3 quick tips for cutting down on data usage on the iPhone or iPad, but there are probably lots of other ones out there. Share your best tips for conserving data on the iPad or iPhone with us and we’ll feature them in an upcoming article.