How can I reduce my data usage?

If you are on the go frequently or do not have unlimited data, there are several things you can do to make your data go the distance:

 

1. Enable WiFi wherever you can.
Optimum Mobile strives to deliver the best connections wherever you are. We strongly recommend getting into the practice of enabling WiFi and switching on WiFi Calling for continuous connectivity. WiFi Calling remains switched on until you reset your phone settings or restart your device. Both settings allow you to save your data and enjoy premium call quality where you are, including indoor environments that may suffer from weak carrier signals.

Many public places offer free WiFi hotspots, including coffee shops, libraries, stores, and restaurants. When you find a hotspot, check to see if your connection is secure. If the connection is unsecured, hold off entering any personal information including logins and passwords.

 

2. Save downloads for when you’re connected to WiFi.
By default, your device may be set to automatically download content and refresh apps using wireless data. Set your phone to only download updates over WiFi.

iPhone (new apps)

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to iTunes & App Store
3. Cellular Data Section > App Downloads > Select “Always Ask”

iPhone (updates)

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Cellular Data Section > Automatic Downloads (toggle left to “off”)

Android (new and updates)

Play Store App > Menu Icon (upper left) > Settings > App Download Preference > Select “Over WiFi Only”

 

3. Deactivate WiFi Assist (iPhone) or Smart Network Switch (Android).
Prevent your device from automatically switching to wireless data to boost your WiFi signal.

iPhone

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Cellular
3. Go to WiFi Assist and disable

Android

1. Go to Settings (cog icon)
2. Go to Connections
3. Go to WiFi
4. Tap the three dots in the corner and select Advanced
5. Go to Switch to Mobile Data and disable.

 

4. Set Video Autoplay to off.
Turn off this feature in your settings to prevent videos from running in the background and draining data without your knowledge.


5. Disable Background App refresh.
Your device could be automatically updating apps in the background over a cellular network. Limit its ability to do by choosing WiFi only.

iPhone

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to General
3. Go to Background App Refresh and set to Off.

Android

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Data Usage
3. Select App
4. Toggle “Background Data” button to “off”

 

6. Take your GPS maps offline.
You can download maps directly onto your device from Google Maps for use off the network. Although Apple Maps and Waze do not offer this feature, any search and route will be cached and available to reference offline.

 

7. Turn on Low Data Mode (iPhone) or Data Saver (Android).
These features will shut down updates and background tasks such as photo syncing from running in the background.

iPhone

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Cellular
3. Go to Cellular Data Options
4. Enable Low Data Mode

Android

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Connections
3. Go to Data Usage
4. Enable Data Saver