Save mobile data on your iphone
What you need: iphone or ipad Time required: 10 minutes
InIssue 503 (page 40) we showed you how to keep track of your mobile-data usage on your Android phone. If you use an iphone or ipad and have a monthly limit on your mobile
data, then the free app My Data Manager will help you keep on top of it. It lets you set your monthly data limit, then activate useful notifications to ensure you never exceed it.
Install and open the app ( www.snipca.com/24573), tap the box at the bottom to agree to the T&CS, then tap ‘Let’s get started’. Next, tap Later on the first two screens, tap ‘Yes, alert me!’ on the ‘Data usage’ screen, then tap Allow to confirm that. Finally, tap ‘No thanks’ on the ‘Help us improve My Data Manager’ section. The app tells you how much data you’ve used 1 using mobile data 2 and Wi-fi 3 , and in roaming mode 4 . It also estimates your monthly data usage 5 based on your current usage.
Select the mobile-data section, tap the green Add Your Plan button, then tap Set Individual Plan. Here, you can set your plan type (recurring or pre-paid 1 ), set your data-renewal period (options include ‘daily’, ‘weekly’, or ‘monthly’) 2 , and enter your mobile-data limit 3 in MB or GB 4 . Tap Next 5 then select the day/date on which your monthly plan restarts (call your service provider if you don’t know this). Finally, tap Do Later, then Close.
We’ll now show you how to set up alerts to ensure you don’t exceed your data limit. Tap Settings at the bottom right, My Alarms, then select the Mobile tab 1 Here, ensure that the Enable Alarms slider is switched on 2 . You’ll see that several types of alerts are switched on by default 3 . Tap to uncheck the ones you don’t want. Finally, tap Set Custom Alarms 4 to create your own alerts – for example, when you near a mobile-data daily limit or use up a certain amount of your overall allowance. Go back, then tap Done 5 to set these alerts.