When you’re traveling and it comes to cellular data usage, every byte counts. In preparation for our 90 days on the road, Paolo researched all the data sucking settings he could find for our iPhones. When I saw his list, my jaw dropped open. The man had created a killer Data Vampire Hitlist and he was ready to slay.
You don’t have to be a travel-crazed nomad like us to gain the benefits. Actively switching streaming quality in the Amazon Video App from Best to Good can save you 5.2GB of data over 1 hour alone, no matter where you are.
Since making the setting changes my iPhone battery lasts longer, has zero performance differences and we have plenty of data while traveling and using our iPhones nonstop.
28 iPhone Settings to Save Data
Without further ado, here is our own personal Data Setting Vampires Hitlist for iPhones.
- Settings: iCloud – Photos (All Off)
- Settings: iCloud – Back Up (Off)
- Settings: General - Background App Refresh (Off)
- Settings: iTunes & App Stores – Updates (Off)
- Settings: Mail – Fetch New Data – Push (Off and scroll down to the bottom to Fetch and select Manually)
- Settings: Mail – Load Remote Images (Off)
- Settings: Phone – WiFi Calling (Off)
- Settings: Photos & Camera – iCloud Photo Library (Off)
- Settings: Photos & Camera – My Photo Stream (Off)
- Settings: Photos & Camera – iCloud Photo Sharing (Off)
- Google Maps App: Menu – Offline Areas – Settings Wheel - Update Offline Areas (Select Manually)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Chats – Chat Backup (Auto Backup Off)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Chats – Save Incoming Media (Off)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Data Usage - Media Auto-Download – Images (Off)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Data Usage - Media Auto-Download – Audio (Off)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Data Usage - Media Auto-Download – Video (Off)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Data Usage - Media Auto-Download -Documents (Off)
- WhatsApp: Settings – Data Usage - Low Data Usage (On)
- Google Drive App: Settings – Photos – Auto Backup (Off)
- Google Drive App: Settings – Photos – Google Photo Folder (Off)
- Chrome: Settings – Bandwidth – Preload Webpages (Never)
- DropBox App: Settings – Camera Upload (Off)
- Amazon: Settings – Streaming Settings (Good)
- Netflix: App Settings (Low or Set Automatically)
- Rhapsody: Settings – Streaming Quality – Cellular (Good)
- Rhapsody: Settings – Streaming Quality – WiFi (Good)
- Rhapsody: Settings – Network Options – Download Over WiFi Only (On)
- Spark Mail App: Settings – Load Remote Content/Images (Disable)
Not all of these setting changes may be right for you, but if you find a few good tricks you like, do your friends a favor and give them the heads up. The more data to text you with my dear! Better yet, if you have some we’ve missed, leave ’em in the comments below and help others stop their data bleed.
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