5 simple steps to reduce your data usage

Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to stick to the parameters put in place by a data-based subscription. 

This guide will give you five handy pointers to help you to control what data gets used and when.

1. Consider Big Updates

Big updates mean big data consumption. Buying downloadable video games, starting up new devices like PCs, or just saving up your updates for a long time can fall into this category.

Consider what you need them for, and your allotted monthly data limits.

Do you need to do update all your devices in a single monthly billing cycle?
Are your updates set to automatic, or have you maintained control over when they happen?

2. Be aware of Streaming to your Chromecast

Depending on your setup, it's possible to stream to your Chromecast device without your television being on. If this is the case with you, forgetting to stop a stream can have serious consequences on your data use. You could be waving bye bye to your monthly allotment without even seeing it.

The good news? You can see on your connected devices (like a mobile phone) when networked devices are streaming, and you can turn off the Chromecast using Google Home voice commands. It's as simple as, "Hey Google, stop streaming to the TV"

If you're feeling bold and experimental, then the app IFTTT can be used to automatically turn the Chromecast off depending on the time of day, or with some other trigger such as your phone leaving the proximity of your home. See www.ifttt.com for details.

3. Netflix / other video subscription data quality

Imagine this: you're burning through your data each month because the kids are watching too much Netflix at full HD 4k quality. What a waste!

Did you know that video streaming apps have controls for video quality? Drop their quality to 480p instead of 4k (4000p). That's about 8.4 times less data use you've used without even blinking.

4. Use audio streaming over video streaming

A number of our clients use Youtube for music purposes. 

If you can use an audio-only app, such as Spotify or Youtube Red instead, you'll save exponentially more data with the same, if not better audio quality.

5. Use your Google WiFi to control who uses your data

The Google WiFi application has a number of useful tools for controlling data - you can have multiple logins with different controls, prioritise devices' data use, and even use it as a killswitch to cut use altogether.



Nathan Smith
Author for Switchnode