Save data by turning the video auto-play feature off, meaning videos won’t play automatically as you scroll through your newsfeed. To do this, go to Settings, Account settings and then Videos and photos. You could also switch off Upload HD if you upload a lot of videos too.
In Settings under Manage, you can switch on Travel mode. If you use Snapchat a lot this will save you data by stopping videos from automatically downloading.
If your music is eating up all your data try downloading playlists over Wi-Fi and listening to them in ‘offline mode’. Go to Your library, followed by Settings and Playback to switch to offline.
Streaming quality also affects data usage – so to switch to standard quality and use less data, go to Your library, followed by Settings and Streaming quality. You can also adjust download quality and opt out of Download Using Cellular here.
You can choose not to have Instagram preload videos over your mobile connection, reducing data usage on videos you don’t want to watch. Go to your profile, tap the settings icon in the top right corner to choose Mobile Data Use and toggle the Use Less Data option to On. This won’t change the way Instagram works when you’re on Wi-Fi.
Switching off the auto-play videos feature is the best way to manage your data usage on Twitter. Go to Settings and choose Data, then Video auto-play and set it to Never play videos automatically. On the Data screen you can also switch off high-quality video playback on a data connection (making it Wi-Fi only), and prevent images from pre-loading by unticking that box.
Use less data to stream your videos by reducing their quality. Go to the menu, then choose Quality and switch to the lowest option available (this may vary on different operating systems). You can also restrict HD streaming to Wi-Fi only connections.
These settings will stay in place on Android, but will need to be adjusted each time you use the Apple app. Android users should go to Settings, then General, then Limit mobile data usage. Apple users can go to Settings, then toggle the Play HD on Wi-Fi only option to On.
You can adjust your settings so that you only stream over Wi-Fi, rather than using data. In the menu, select My account followed by Playback and toggle the Wi-Fi only option to On.