Data consumption is a big deal in Nigeria today. People complain of consuming over 10gb of data in less that 3 days without carrying out heavy tasks like downloads or streaming. The truth is, most people don’t know the rate at which their mobile devices consume data “behind the scenes”.
First of all let me debunk these myths; We all know the four major mobile networks in Nigeria are MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile. Sometimes you hear people say, data from this network lasts longer than the other, it’s not true, they are all the same. You also hear people say things like this type of data lasts longer than this(both being the same size and network). It is also not true. It does not matter if you buy SME data, Direct Data, or you’re sent the data from someone else. The way your internet data plans lasts always depend on how you use them.
NB- Cheats or illegal data does not apply to the above statement. MTN has the right to wipe any illegally gotten data or even airtime on your sim. You can even get banned/blocked or arrested.
What Consumes Data on My Phone?
You think you’re using your phone for only social media and you don’t download movies or large apps, and thus your data should last right? You might be surprised to find out the other unknown things that consume your data. Here are a list of the most popular apps that consume mobile data on smartphones in Nigeria today;
- News apps
- Hotspot connections
Now take a good look at your phone, how many of the above apps are there? Still not convinced? or you don’t even have those apps, then follow the steps below to see a detailed analysis of your data consumption.
- Go to settings
- Click on Data Usage
- Locate an click cellular data usage
The options may be slightly different based on the android version you’re using, you should see an image like this;
Once you take the above steps, you will see all the data consuming apps on your phone from highest to the lowest. From the above image the highest consuming app of the month was chrome followed by boomplay…etc
How do I minimize data usage
As I said earlier, it doesn’t matter if you’re using MTN, Glo Airtel or 9mobile. You can minimize data usage no matter the kind of data you buy by following the steps below.
- Restrict Background data on all inactive apps
- Protect your hotspot with a secured password
- Try the “lite” versions of social media apps
- Restrict auto-play and auto-download within all social media apps(whatsapp, facebook, instagram etc)
- Stop automatic app updates on play store
- If you connect your hotspot to computers, don’t forget to restrict auto updates in the computers
- Off your data connection when not in use.
- Try downloading videos rather than streaming them
If you take all the steps above and constantly observe your data usage, your data consumption will be surely minimized. Future posts will be made on how to carry out the above steps so stay tuned.
Where can I get cheap data?
Do you need a legit site to buy cheap data bundles on all networks? We have just the site for you, rush now to cyber data hub and get the cheapest data plans in the market. You can get MTN 1gb as low as 250/gb if you register as an end user and 235/gb if you register/upgrade to reseller(N2000 one time naira fee involved).