How to Manage Data Use on your iPad

how to manage the data use on your ipad

As an Apple device user, the most frustrating notifications is the one requesting for an upgrade in storage, or to delete data, due to insufficient space. In fact, a lot of users who get this alert aren’t even sure what’s using up their data, and therefore have trouble managing it.

Data is a collection of information; it’s the content stored in applications and within the device that’s used when the device is running or connected to Wi-Fi. Types of data include anything from notes and photos, to contacts and text messages. When information is stored, devices “use” of the data refers to the device and its applications input and output of information, while the application is open or running. Struggling to manage the data use on any device is common, but when it comes to IPads, there are a number of sufficient ways to avoid this issue.

The Source of Usage

Depending on what apps are being used the most frequently, can depend on what’s consuming a majority of your data usage. In order to check what uses the most data, first go to the settings app. Then, click on the Cellular Data option and listed below should be a list of all of the applications, and how much of the data usage they acquire. Avoiding as much use on these applications, unless connected to Wi-Fi (especially for those with Cellular + Wi-Fi IPads), is one of the easiest ways to stop apps from using up so much data.

Apps that Track

Since so many have faced complications managing their data use, there have been a number of applications released that can do the managing all by themselves. Among the wide variety of options available in the App store; these are some of the most recommended.

  • Data Man – With a 4-star rating, Data Man credits itself for being the “simplest and clearest” app to track data usage. Some of its features include a Real-Time Hourly Statistics, Export Usage Statistics, and a clean cut design. It’s received positive reviews from companies such as New York Times, Business Insider, and TIME.
  • Data Usage – Data Usage has been listed as one of the most reliable data tracking apps, and received a rating of 4+ stars in the App Store. This application monitors mobile and Wi-Fi Data, and predicts when customers are on the verge of going over their data.
  • Data Flow – Data Manager has a variety of features within its App, and even works with Apple Watches. This app received a 4+ star rating, and offers a number of different features, allowing users to control auto reset on bill cycle dates, and to choose data plans.

The Short-Cuts

Along with using apps to manage data, or taking the initiative to maintain each apps data usage independently, there are other methods to the madness. For example; turn off push notifications. While some IPad users need to be alerted by certain apps, there are probably some notifications that aren’t as important, and data is used with every notification sent. Another would be to turn off the background app refresh. When a device is connected to Wi-Fi, this IOS 7 feature is beneficial, but if it updates while the device isn’t connected to Wi-Fi, that can use up a lot of data.

The more attention given to data usage, the more efficiently it can be managed. In just a few steps, the download of an app, or the consideration of some data use tips, managing data is inexpensive, and worthwhile.





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