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#3 Datawyze 101: How does my device affect my data use?

26th Jan 18

James Francis
By James Francis66 Followers

As our devices are getting bigger, better and smarter, they’re also giving us richer content, and that means more data usage. Here’s what you can do.

All devices are not created equal. Even though data is the same thing no matter what you use, individual devices can consume data in different ways and at different speeds. Your new smartphone may be using more data than those of your friends and family. Why does this happen?

Smartphones and tablets

Despite their data-hungry reputations, smartphones are actually very lean data users. This is because they were designed with data in mind (unlike PCs, which we will get to in a moment.) Yet while phones are better for data, they also offer more opportunities to use data and this is why it often feels as if the data on your device is disappearing.

A major reason for this is that smartphones and tablets are almost always connected. Maybe you have noticed that even your phone GPS doesn’t work all that well if you are out of data or not connected to Wi-Fi. Smart devices become really dumb when they don’t have access to the internet.

This includes everything from updates and sharing photos to backing your files up in the cloud. All of these services require data. The best way to save on data is to use Wi-Fi whenever you can, especially when you do large downloads and uploads. But remember: even those small images that come through WhatsApp use d...

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