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Tips for Reducing Your Monthly Wireless Data Usage

The following tips will help you reduce your monthly wireless data usage, yet still take full advantage of the Internet from your new iPad:

  • Turn off iCloud functionality, unless you’re using a Wi-Fi Internet connection.
  • Refrain from using the new iPad’s Dictation feature.
  • From the Settings app, tap on the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option, and then under the Mail heading, turn off the Load Remote Images option. The iPad will not automatically load photos or graphics that are embedded within incoming emails. You can, however, load desired photos or graphics manually with a tap on the screen.
  • Turn off the Push data feature (also found within Settings, under the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option). Instead, select the Fetch option and choose Manually. Upon doing this, your iPad will only check for new emails when you request it. The tablet will not constantly check for new emails and automatically download them from the server.
  • Refrain from streaming any type of web-based audio or video content using a 3G, 4G, or 4G LTE connection, such as web-based radio stations, YouTube videos, or TV programming available from a wide range of apps.
  • Avoid purchasing apps with a large file size directly from your iPad when using a 3G, 4G, or 4G LTE connection, and wait until you’re using a Wi-Fi connection to check for and install app updates.

Track Your Wireless Data Usage: There’s an App for That

To track your monthly wireless data usage throughout the month, you can visit the AT&T Wireless or Verizon Wireless websites and log in to your account. Or, you can download the free myAT&T or My Verizon Mobile app from the App Store in order to track your usage. There’s also the Data Usage Pro ($1.99) or Air Meter: Data Usage Monitoring ($1.99) app, for example, that monitor your wireless data usage, and will alert you when you’re approaching your monthly limit.

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