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Revealed: 5 Ways To Maximise Your Mobile Data Usage | The Precision

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Detailed
analysis of mobile data usage suggests that connectivity rates remain
comparatively pricey in Nigeria. According to the Research and
Development Unit of Yudala, Nigeria’s pioneer online and offline
e-commerce outfit, data has thus become a very critical commodity that
must be efficiently maximised, especially in view of the tiered data
plans currently used by service providers. 

With
the growing popularity of social media, we are in age of information
overload; one in which content is not only king but also predominantly
ubiquitous. In addition to music streaming, watching videos online and
other activities that drain your data, most smartphones are also loaded
with tons of data-hungry apps. 
If
not checked, you might find your mobile data bills burning a huge hole
in your expense sheet on a monthly basis. The following tips from Yudala
will come in handy for maximising data usage on your smartphone:

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1. Monitor your data usage:
Most users live in fear of exhausting their mobile data before the
expiration date, but with the help of some useful apps, you can now
monitor and limit the amount of data used. The best way to save data is
to be aware of the activities or applications that drain your cellular
data.  Most smartphones are equipped with data usage setting that enable
you manage your data. Usually located in the Settings menu, you can set
up alerts for when you exceed data usage for your most notoriously
data-consuming apps.
2. Exercise caution with online video streaming:
This is a known fact. But as much as we hate to admit it, the fun
things consume most of your mobile data. Excessive streaming of videos,
music, high quality images or GIF files, are things you need to avoid if
you really want to maximise your internet usage. While we know these
things are not entirely avoidable, there are some other ways to stay
entertained responsibly. If you can’t avoid the entertainment your
smartphone brings, you can set the quality at lower rates or decrease
resolution in the settings menu of your smartphone.
3. Use Wi-Fi connection for updates or downloading heavy content:
Wi-Fi is often regarded as a blessing by most smartphone users. While
access to unlimited Wi-Fi connection is still rather limited in Nigeria,
there are certain locations you can count on for free Wi-Fi. One of the
most sensible ways of maximising your mobile data usage is by setting
up your smartphone for automatic updates only when on Wi-Fi connection.
This way, you get to save some significant volume of the data drain that
comes with auto-updates. Furthermore, downloads of heavy contents such
as videos, high-resolution images and music files should also be done
when on a secure Wi-Fi connection.

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4. Restrict background data:
Some applications use up a lot of data even when the phone is not in
use. This is a brilliant feature of the smartphone: allowing background
data to keep the applications on your phone updated. However, not every
app needs to stay active at all times. You can stop the constant update
by going to your settings option to select the app you want restricted
or simply disable background app refresh in your settings. This helps
reduce data consumption and also preserves the battery life of your
device.
5. Preload and Cache: Despite the
anxiety over cellular data, developers have made things easy and
included options that make smartphone apps less demanding. A very good
example is a cache, a hardware or software component that stores data so
future requests for that data can be served faster. The data stored in a
cache might be the result of an earlier computation, or the duplicate
of data stored elsewhere. These days, certain apps allow you to store
data temporarily so you can cache as much content as possible. Caching
is enjoyable on a Wi-Fi network which enables you enjoy preloaded
content at any time, without using your cellular data.

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