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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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