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One trick to cut down your data usage

The advent of the smartphone has changed our lives for the better. These amazing little gadgets allow us to do so many important things right in the palm of our hand.

Along with the normal communication functions that you expect, smartphones are able to perform many other tasks. I use mine to stream movies and music, make financial transactions with my bank and even plug it into my car and use it as a GPS.

The downside to all this activity is the excessive use of data. Mobile providers have moved away from unlimited data plans over the years and have gone to capped amounts. Any time that you go over the amount of data that comes with your monthly plan, you will be hit with an overage charge.

That's why you need to know about this one simple trick that will help cut down your data usage.

How to track your data usage

Before we work on lowering the amount of data that you use, it's a good idea to find out how much you're already using during a typical month. That way you can compare the amount you use to the amount that comes with your data plan.

The best way to track your data usage is through your mobile provider's app. These apps allow you to do several helpful things like keep track of data usage, contact support, and check out the details of and pay your bill.

Mobile provider apps show you just how much data you've used during the current monthly billing cycle.

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You can also see a breakdown of the different forms of data being used.

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I'll provide you with the links that you need to download these free apps on the next page. They are available for both Android and iOS.

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