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Tips On How To Save Data

To help avoid reaching a data limit on a plan here are some tips to reduce your usage on a daily basis! It is always an option to disconnect devices from your Network to avoid unwanted usage however, here are some alternative solutions to help reduce usage.

Adjusting Netflix stream settings to save on data

1- Login to your Netflix account

2- Click on your account (usually at the top right)

3- Go to My Profile

4- Select Playback Settings

5- Select Low then Save

Adjusting your Roku stream settings to save on data

1- With the Roku remote, go to the home screen

2- Press the Home button 5 times

3- Rewind button 3 times 

4- Fast forward 2 times

A screen will appear where you can set the speed settings. Set to .6 mbps, second from the bottom option

How to turn off automatic updates on iPhones

1- Go to Settings

2- Select iTunes and App Store

3- Go to Automatic Updates

4- On Updates turn toggle switch from green to gray (off)

How to turn off automatic updates on Androids

1- Open Google Play

2- Tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top left

3- Go to Settings

4- Tap Auto update apps

5- Select do not auto update apps

How to turn off automatic updates on Xbox One

  1.  Available system updates can be prevented by pressing the Xbox button, and then going to Settings.
  2. Choose All Settings, System, Updates and Console, before deselecting Keep my console up to date and Keep my games & apps up to date.

How to turn of automatic update on PS4

  1. Switching off automatic updates involves turning on the device and going to the Settings menu, depicted by an icon resembling a toolbox.
  2. Go to the Power Saving Settings menu and select Set Features Available in Rest Mode. Untick the box next to Stay Connected to the Internet.
  3. Next, return to Settings and go into System, followed by Automatic Downloads. You can then choose whether you want to block featured content, software updates and application updates.
  4. Press and hold the PS button to enter Rest Mode. Once the power light goes orange, updates are deactivated.

How to reduce usage on Hulu

The default setting on Hulu.com is Best Available, but you can make changes during playback. Your selected setting will apply whether you’re streaming through Wi-Fi or cellular data.

To manage your quality control settings on Hulu.com:

  1. During playback, click the gear icon Select the gear icon during playback on Hulu.com to access quality control settings
  2. Click Quality
  3. Select your preferred quality setting

The default setting on mobile devices is Data Saver, but you can make changes in-app from your account settings. Your selected setting will only apply when using cellular data.

To manage your quality control settings on a mobile device:

  1. From the Home screen, select the Account icon 
Select the account icon on Android and iOS mobile devices to access quality control settings
  1. Tap Settings > Cellular Data Usage
  2. Select your preferred quality setting 

How to reduce usage on a Fire Stick TV

Tweak Video Quality

  • To change the settings, go to Menu > Preferences> Data Monitoring> Data Monitoring> Set Video Quality, and tweak it to your preference (good or better).  

Disable auto-updates

  1. Go to Settings and select Applications.
  2. Select the App Store from the drop-down page.
  3. Click on Automatic Updates and turn off the toggle. 

Disconnect Internet Ads

  1.  Select ‘Preferences’ and tap on privacy settings.
  2. Tap on ‘Interest-Based Apps’ and switch off the toggle. 

Disable Auto-Play

  1. Go to the Settings Page and click on Preferences.
  2. Tap on the Featured Content option and switch off the Allow Video Play and Allow Audio Play option.  

How To Reduce Amazon Prime Data Usage

  1. Log into your Amazon Prime Account on your mobile device. Once logged in, click on the menu icon which is represented by three lines near the top of the screen.
  2. Once inside the Amazon Prime Video menu items tab, look towards the bottom of the screen to where it says “Settings” and click there.
  3. Next click on the menu item that says “Stream and Download”. 
  4. After that you will go to the “Streaming Quality” option in the menu for the maximum amount of data savings you will want to select “Data Saver”

How to reduce usage on Apple TV

Screensavers

  1. Go to Settings > General > Screen Saver > Download New Video and set to Never

Automatic system updates 

  1. Go to Settings > System > Software Updates > Automatically Update and set to OFF.

Automatic application updates 

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > Software Updates > Automatically Update Apps and set to OFF 

Video streaming resolution 

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > iTunes Movies and TV Shows > Video Resolution and set to Better or Good.

*PLEASE NOTE: For any downloaded applications, you must change the video resolution settings within each app.*

How to save data on YouTube

  1. While watching a video in the YouTube app, click on the three-dot menu on the top right corner.
  2.  Select Quality.
  3.  Change it 360p or 480p as needed, and you’re good to go.