Will an app use my mobile data?

 

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Will an app use my mobile data?

Opening up an app on a smartphone by tapping on it

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It’s always a good idea to make sure that your smartphone isn’t wasting your monthly mobile data allowance.

In this activity, you will learn how apps use data from the internet, and to check how much they’re using.

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How apps use data

Apps use data from the internet in two ways:

  • When installing or updating.
  • When downloading information from the internet. A maps app, e.g., downloads data to show your location and provide directions.

That data comes to the apps on your device via a Wi-Fi network, or your smartphone’s mobile data plan. So, which one should you use?

An illustration showing a smartphone using the internet
A pie chart showing how much mobile data allowance has been used compared to how much the cheaper Wi-Fi data has been used by apps

What kind of data are your apps using?

Mobile data is expensive, so it’s best to use and update apps over Wi-Fi. But this isn’t always possible.

That’s why it’s good to know which apps use the most data, and limit their use when you’re out and about with your smartphone.

Which apps use a lot of data on Apple devices?

Next is a video that will show you which apps on an Apple iPhone are using more data than others.

On the next slide, click the ‘play’ button on the video to watch it. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

Which apps use a lot of data on Android devices?

Next is a video that will show you which apps on an Android phone are using more data than others.

On the next slide, click the ‘play’ button on the video to watch it. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

Well done

You’ve reached the end of the Will an app use all my data?

Coming up next, if you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you’ll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the course. If you’re not registered, you are now at the end of the Managing and deleting apps course!

Enjoying a cuppa and a quick check of the cricket score on a smartphone app