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How to save data when on the road

How to save data when on the road

Get data smart.


There is nothing worse than chewing through your data only to be deprived of life’s finer and more necessary things, like Facebook status updates and Instagram stories. Oh, wait ... there is actually: and that’s having to pay for that data.

So, how do you save those precious, precious MBs when on the road? Here are 7 tips to help you stay online and out of the red.


Get your settings right

Say sayonara to location services and push notifications. These will suck you dry. Also, kill any automatic updates. Do you really want to be disturbed anyway? Enjoy the alone time and set your life to CHILL.

Settings are a trap for young players and should be the very first thing you adjust when hitting the road, no matter where you’re travelling.

Make sure cellular data is a no-go zone for all your apps. How? For iPhone users, go to settings, then mobile and slide mobile data to off. Then hit mobile data options and slide data roaming off. Also: be sure to flip your 4G off. If you’re on Android, hit up your settings, then wireless controls then mobile network settings and then slide off your data roaming.


Buy data before you make your way on the road

Because then you can ‘gram your road trip whenever you need, in real time.

Pick up a roaming pack from an Aussie carrier that helps you. Be sure to compare prices, sure, but more importantly check on coverage and align it with your trip - some networks are stronger in certain areas Down Under.


Same same with a local SIM card.

Make sure you are chucking your new SIM into an unlocked phone and it’s compatible for local networks. Grab this at the airport or at any corner store.


Stay off the social - unless on WiFi

Social media apps are the biggest eaters of your power, so try to give Instagram, Facebook and the others a rest for as long as you’re not connected to WiFi. Plus, implementing this rule kind of stops you from overusing them! Bonus. If they’re your go-to for entertainment, why not try something else? Like an old fashioned book!


Use offline maps

Or even the old fashioned kind. Hire a car with a GPS device. You should, however, always have enough data on your phone to get you out of trouble / find your way.


Don’t stream

This is a no-brainer, but it’s easy enough to get caught out on. Download all you need beforehand when you’re near free WiFi. Playlists, podcasts, eBooks, the lot. Here’s a great playlist to start saving thanks to our pals at JUCY.


Close all apps that aren’t in use

What are you doing on your apps anyway? You should be looking out the window, taking in the view.

Not sure how much each app will use? Sending or receiving an email (without attachment) will eat a tiny 20 KB per email, loading a webpage will swallow a rough 1MB, streaming music will hit 500KB/minute (30 MB / hour) while video (standard quality): will set you back 2 MB/minute. And that soothing voice that tells you where to go? She isn’t cheap, costing you 5MB per hour.

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