We all love the convenience of watching video on our smartphones. It’s so much fun to have a world of entertainment at your fingertips, almost anywhere you go. Here’s a savvy way to make the most of your viewing: always connect to Wi-Fi first. Streaming just one minute of high definition video can eat up to 5.0MB of your cellular data, while using Wi-Fi means you’re watching completely data-free!
With a strong Wi-Fi signal, you’ll be able to enjoy as much video streaming as you want without using any data from your monthly cellular plan. While connected to Wi-Fi, you can also download videos, television shows, or movies from the Play Store, iTunes, and even Netflix or other streaming services. By saving them to your phone or an SD card, you can watch them at your convenience even when you’re offline—no data required!
Videos have also become a standard part of the social media experience. Yet, without you even realizing it, if these are playing automatically, they could be using data from your plan, as well. Be sure to check your settings to make sure that “Autoplay” only happens when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
The steps to change this setting can vary between applications. For Facebook users, go to the Account Settings on your phone or computer. Select “Videos and Photos,” then “Autoplay.” Finally, choose “on Wi-Fi connections only,” or, to disable this feature entirely, choose “never autoplay videos.”
With just these few simple steps, you can continue to download apps, keep up with your favorite shows, stay up to date on the latest news, or delight in adorable pet videos. And you do it all while preserving your cellular data for times when you need it most, like when you’re traveling or simply out of Wi-Fi range!