Data Draining Apps

Data Draining Apps


Have you ever felt like you need to curb your phone usage as you come to the end of your monthly data cap? Even though with Sky Mobile, you can mix your plan and save your data, we can often feel as though we're at the end of our tethers when it comes to data usage.


What can we do to reduce the amount of data that we use each month, so we're not left scrambling for a connection?



How do I check which apps are using my mobile data?


For IPhone


To see how much data you've used for each app:


  • Go to Settings > Mobile Data

  • Or Settings > Cellular.

  • If you're using an iPad, you may see Settings > Mobile Data.

  • Scroll down to find out which apps are using mobile data. 

If you don't want a specific app to use your data, turn it off for that app by flicking the green toggle. There is currently no way to set up data alerts for IPhone. You can install 3rd party apps for this, but many users prefer not to.



For Android


To see and alter how much data you use:


  • Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage

  • Tap Mobile data usage > Scroll down > tap the app you want to alter

To set data alerts:


  • Go to Data warning & limit > turn on Set data warning.

  • Go to Data warning > Enter a number >Tap Set



What apps use the most data?

IMG: data draining apps include Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Spotify.IMG: data draining apps include Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Spotify.
Typically the apps that use the most amount of data on your mobile devices are Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
If you have a streaming service or social media app, chances are your data is already getting drained.

How can I reduce how much data these apps use?

Get rid of Autoplay
For Twitter:
  1. Tap your Profile icon and scroll down to "Settings and Privacy"
  2. Tap into there and press 'Accessibility, display, and languages” > “Data usage”
  3. Click on the “Autoplay” setting and change it!

For Facebook:


  1. Tap in the top right of Facebook
  2. Scroll down to "Settings" > Scroll down to "Media" 
  3. Tap Autoplay video > tap next to Autoplay videos on Wi-Fi to turn it on or off.

For Instagram:


  1. Open the app > “Settings & Privacy” "Settings"
  2. Scroll down to "Preferences" and tap "Media"
  3. Scroll down to "Autoplay" > “Never Autoplay Videos.”
Set video quality


  • Open Netflix, tap the triple-line button in the top left

  • Scroll down and tap "App Settings"

  • Tap "Cellular Data Usage" and toggle off Set Automatically.

  • Select either "Low" or "Medium" to watch lower-quality streams when on cellular.


Enable Travel Modes


  • Launch Snapchat > swipe down to profile screen.

  • Tap the gear icon > scroll down > tap "Manage"

  • Tap to turn on "Travel Mode"


Enable Wi-Fi only


  • Open YouTube, tap account profile button > "Settings"

  • Toggle switch for "Play HD on Wi-Fi only"

  • Scroll down > toggle switch for "Upload over Wi-Fi only"


Download content for offline use


When viewing an album, playlist or podcast, just toggle the switch for "Download".




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