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Internet, iPhone, Data: How To Check Your Usage

Internet, iPhone, Data: How To Check Your Usage

Today, the idea that mobile phones once managed to do without the Internet seems almost amusing. After all, what’s there to do with a phone if it doesn’t have an Internet connection, right?

Nowadays, the ability to access the web from anywhere we go feels like a natural thing – which, of course, brings about the issue of data usage. Most of us use a limited data plan while trying to tap into Wi-Fi hotspots whenever possible, but how much data passes through your iPhone, exactly? When is it time to limit your usage? How can you make your usage limit last longer? Follow these steps to make it happen.

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1. Checking Your Data Usage

Nothing can be simpler – just open the Settings and find the Cellular Usage tab, which stores all the information about how much data your iPhone used throughout a particular period of time and which apps are responsible for which percentage of this usage. You may also read more about how to check data usage on your device, as well as some advice on how to make it more efficient.

2. Set Your Apps for Manual Updates

Automatic updates are one of the most notorious culprits when it comes to data usage, especially if you have a lot of apps “just in case.” You may not use them on a day-to-day basis, and sometimes even forget about their existence, but they are still there, regularly downloading new versions, patches, and content updates, eating up your data quotas. Turning them off (Settings – iTunes and App Stores) will not only decrease your data usage, but prolong battery life as well.

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3. Turn off Auto Refresh

Again, most apps you have installed regularly refresh their content and don’t care how much you actually use them, devouring both data and battery life. If you want to use your iPhone in a more efficient manner, go to Settings – General – Background Apps Refresh and turn it off for apps you don’t need updated every couple of minutes. It may also give you a great insight into which apps you actually need – perhaps it’s time to clean up a bit?

4. Restrict Cellular Data Usage

If you don’t particularly care for battery life, you may limit the ability of particular apps to use cellular data. It’s helpful in the case that updating content for a particular app can wait until you get to a Wi-Fi spot, but you don’t want to turn it off altogether. This way you will make sure your apps use the Internet only when you can safely spare it.

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5. Turn off Mail, Calendar, and Contacts Sync

Unless you absolutely must have up-to-date data on all these fronts, setting synchronization to manual may be of great help. By default, iPhone automatically checks your emails, contacts, and calendar events, downloading updates as soon as they appear. This may not seem like much, especially if you download them later on anyway, but traffic adds up; and if you set it to manual, you may at least synchronize using Wi-Fi.

6. Use a More Data-Efficient Browser

Using a browser with a built-in data compression proxy, like Opera or Chrome, may help conserve traffic as well – unfortunately, Apple’s Safari doesn’t support this function, so you’ll have to do a bit of tweaking.

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As you can see, the ways to improve your iPhone’s data efficiency are numerous and diverse – you don’t have to waste money on unnecessary traffic if you simply take a few simple steps to prevent it. In most cases, it is more than possible to improve the situation enough to both save money and still comfortably use your device.

Good luck with your iPhones!

Featured photo credit: Laptop, iPhone, Notebook And Pen Neatly On A Desk/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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