Data Usage & Costs Saving Tips

If you want to save data consumption on your Powww device, we have some tips for adjusting settings on your connected devices. You can see them below.

Streaming, video and audio files

‘Streaming’ services such as Netflix, Spotify and YouTube might use large amounts of data. This also applies to video and audio files on Facebook and other social media. Try to limit this use.

Tips for Apple devices:

Tip 1 – Make sure you have turned off automatic download, such as Apps, Music and software updates
Go to: Settings, iTunes & App Store and switch off the automatic downloads for Music/Apps/Updates.

Tip 2 – Make sure you have turned off cloud drive auto-sync, such as iCloud, Dropbox, Onedrive etc. Go to: Settings, Apple-ID, iCloud and switch off Photos and iCloud Backup.

Tips for Android devices:

Android Nougat
If you’re running the latest version of Android on your handset, things are pretty simple. The process may look a little bit different depending on your specific phone’s manufacturer, but should be fairly similar.

First, jump into the Settings menu. You can do this by pulling down the notification shade and tapping the cog icon.

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Then, tap on the Data Usage option.

At the bottom, you’ll a section labeled “Wi-Fi”. You can see how much data has been used on Wi-Fi with the “Wi-Fi data usage” button. Tap the “network restrictions” button (it may be labeled slightly differently depending on your manufacturer).

You’ll see a list of Wi-FI networks. Slide the toggle for networks for which you’d like to restrict data usage.

Android Lollipop and Marshmallow

If you’re using a phone with Android 5.x Lollipop or 6.x Marshmallow, handling metered Wi-Fi networks is slightly different, but still very easy. Start by pulling down the notification tray and tapping on the Settings cog. On some devices, you may need to pull down twice. (We’re using a Samsung Galaxy S7 in this example.)

From here, tap into the Data Usage menu.

This will show your mobile data usage by default. Tap the menu button in the top right corner—it reads “More” on Samsung devices, but it’s just a three-button overflow menu on stock Android.

Tap the “Restrict Networks” button. Note that the verbiage may be slightly different here—on stock Android is reads “Networks restrictions,” for example.

This will show a list of all the Wi-Fi networks the device has ever connected to. Use the switches to enable restrictions on any given network. Once activated, this will prevent apps from using background data on that network, and you’ll also get a warning before any large downloads.