November 20, 2017

Tips for Monitoring Your Broadband Data Usage

Most people today are always glued to their smartphones, tablets or laptops. Whether it’s for playing games, watching movies, browsing through social media pages or just to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings, staying online has become a necessity. The good thing is, there are several service providers of broadband plans that cater to a wide range of consumers. And with so many to choose from, it pays to compare internet plans to ensure that you will get your money’s worth.

Go for SD videos instead

If you have limited data allowance, you may need to skip HD quality videos.

You may get carried away with all the video streaming and social media updating that you forget to monitor your broadband data usage. Before you know it, you’ve used up your data limit. Stay on top of your internet use by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Know the culprits of broadband data usage. Of course, it is important to know what sends your broadband usage through the roof. You can do a lot with your data, but the major culprits include video streaming particularly on YouTube or Netflix. Audio streaming also accounts for a big chunk of your broadband usage. The same holds true for digital gaming platforms.
  • Set a personal data limit. This is a great way to ensure that you don’t go overboard with your broadband usage. On your smartphone, just go to Settings > Data usage. You will see a graph that tells you how much data you’ve already used. Set your personal data limit for a month. When you’re already close to that limit, you will be notified by your phone.
  • Web pages that have videos embedded in them need a lot of bandwidth, not to mention that most of them play automatically. Limit your mobile web browsing time when you’re on a 3G or 4G network to avoid eating up too much of your broadband.
  • Who doesn’t love watching videos at HD quality resolution? If you have limited data allowance, you may need to skip HD. Instead, watch with a lower resolution or SD video. It doesn’t eat up as much data allowance as HD. Also, you can disable HD streaming when you go to account settings.

These are just some of the ways to monitor your broadband data usage. Keep these tips in mind so you don’t go overboard with your data limit each month.

Got other tips on how to keep track of your usage of broadband plans? Share your ideas in the comments section.

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