Phone bills: the reason we can't afford rent on a monthly basis. It seems like no matter what we do or how hard we try to conserve data, it ends up screwing us over again and again every month.

It's time to take a stand against the greedy phone companies and figure out a way to give them as little as possible. There are actually some amazing tips that will help you save data and ultimately, money that you probably never knew about. The following list is a compilation of all of the best data hacks that will help you breathe and continue to have a roof to live under at the end of each month.

1. Disable Wifi assist.

Some people think this feature is extremely helpful, however it can be extremely expensive as well. Wifi assist will use cellular data to help with a bad wifi connection, meaning you aren't really using wifi and you are still paying to surf the web (see point #4 for another great tip to avoid this).


 2. Turn off cellular data usage for iCloud.

If you use iCloud to move files back and forth between devices, you are probably racking up that data bill quickly. If you don't know if your cellular data usage for iCloud is on, it probably is and will explain the 0's at the end of the alarming number on your phone bill.


3. Disable automatic downloads on cellular data/ app refresh.

Downloading apps on your phone using data is a pricey decision, as apps take up some of the most space on your device. If your phone is enabled to download automatic application updates then your phone is probably constantly using data to update major files, causing your data bill to rise quickly.


4. Turning your phone on and off when you enter a new building with wifi.

More often than not, your phone will say it is connected to wifi when the connection is either weak or non existent at all (in which case you are actually using your data). Turning off your phone and turning it back on will give you a stronger wifi connection.


5. Get rid of unnecessary Apps.

Some people are app hoarders. It's okay...but it's really not if you're broke. Some apps run in the background constantly, using data and eventually costing you a lot of unnecessary money. It is a good idea to go through all of the apps and really question when the last time you used them was and whether or not they are really that important to keep.


6. Turn off high quality music using cellular data.

Apple created an option for users to listen to higher quality music via their cellular data. Music files are already fairly large in size, high quality music is larger, therefore it uses a lot more data to stream and of course costing you the extra bucks.


7. Prevent Facebook and Twitter's "autoplay" from occurring.

Facebook and Twitter have evolved the world of video sharing by attempting to reach more viewers through "autoplay". When a user scrolls through their feed, any video will automatically begin playing. This is a great feature, as long as you are connected to wifi. However, if you are not connected to wifi, it forces you to use data you didn't consciously decide to use.


8. RESEARCH PHONE PLANS.

This is a very important point. A big part of people's problem is their initial decisions when it comes to purchasing phones and choosing their plans. Everybody wants the "cheapest deal". Warning...that is exactly how they get you. By buttering you up with these inconceivably cheap plans, they are hoping you bite knowing that you will eventually go well over your allotted data and end up paying way more than the most expensive plan would have been. Investing in unlimited data is a GOOD IDEA people.


9. Save preloaded data.

It is inevitable that at some point in time you are going to knowingly use your data. Using your GPS for example, it can take up a lot of your monthly data usage; however, there is a way to cheat the system. Once you  have input your destination, press and hold your destination to drop a pin, then you can tap the three dots to that pin where an option to save the map offline will appear. You can access it through Maps>MyPlaces>Offline


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