Days after installing Data Usage Monitor on my phone (and that’s a link for Android phones), I started to understand my data dependency.
The app teaches me the benefit of connecting to wifi hotspots instead of relying on my phone provider’s wifi.
I never thought about connecting my phone to my apartment’s wifi. I now do that. I don’t think about it. My phone auto-connects.
When I roamed outside, I never thought about purposefully connecting to public wifi hotspots. I now do that. My phone now auto-connects to wifi whenever it goes to a place I’ve been before. When I go to a new place, it tells me available networks and I join them.
I share photos to Instagram nearly every day and it constantly syncs with the cloud; but over the past month, the app used a mere 84 MB of mobile data compared to a much larger 249 MB of wifi data.
Facebook was the worst offender of data usage with a whopping 21% of total monthly app usage, compared to Google Maps which used 2% and GMail which used less than 1%.
Over the past month, I used 7 GB of wifi data vs 1 GB of mobile data. The prior month I’m sure the wifi usage was in the megabytes!
I guess I never thought about using wifi on my phone in the way that I seek out public wifi hotspots when using my laptop. I changed my ways.
Looking back, it’s no wonder why I kept hitting T-Mobile’s monthly mobile data limits. I relied on them as if there was never an option.
Why was I paying so much for a mobile-heavy plan? I just logged into my account and reduced my monthly cost for less mobile data needs.