I’ve talked before about how you can use Wi-Fi to preserve the data on your cellular plan. Now, here’s another handy tip: with a little bit of planning and access to a Wi-Fi connection, you can also enjoy movies, music, and more without using any data!
The trick, quite simply, is to plan ahead. Almost anything that you stream on your phone—like movies on Netflix, TV programs on Hulu, podcasts, or music on iTunes, Google Play or other streaming services—can also be downloaded while you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
By downloading an item rather than streaming it, you have it available “offline” for whenever you want to watch or listen to it—without having to be connected to data to stream it “live”. With most services that you use, it’s as simple as looking for the download icon (usually a downward pointing arrow) and clicking the song, movie, or episode you want to keep. Not all items will be available for download, but there’s a truly astonishing number that are, so you won’t lack for great choices.
Just keep in mind that these items will use the available storage on your phone, so it’s also a good idea to delete shows after you’ve watched them, or songs that you’ve already heard enough times, to avoid filling your device’s memory. If you really want to keep a big library, you may want to consider adding a microSD card to your phone, if possible, for extra storage.
In addition to saving your data for times when you really need it, this is a great way to “pack” a few entertainment items for when you travel. What could be better than starting a long plane or car ride knowing that you’ve got a handful of your favorite movies or TV shows right at your fingertips, ready to watch even with your phone in “Airplane Mode”?
You’ll enjoy the convenience of taking your favorites with you—and you’ll certainly be delighted with how much data you save by downloading them using Wi-Fi!