Both upload and download speeds have been impressive when I’ve done the 4G test on my handset.
4G is only going to impact your data connection speed. If you’re having issues with buffering content on iPlayer or YouTube for example, this will have a big impact but not on the overall speed of your device when it comes to loading apps or playing games.
Tips to keep usage down
Once you’ve got an idea of what’s using your data, here’s some tips to keep it down if you need.
ALWAYS USE WI-FI IF WATCHING TV OR MOVIES ON YOUR HANDSET. THIS IS CALLED STREAMING AND IF USING YOUR DATA ALLOWANCE, THEN EXPECT A COSTLY BILL!
Check your phone settings
Use WiFi whenever possible, and save your data package for when you’re out and about.
Your phone may quietly switch back to mobile data if you slip out of range, or the signal is interrupted. Watch out for it by keeping an eye on the toolbar to see which network you’re connected to.
Background data usage
Even when you’re not actively using your phone, it may still be using data in the background. A few things to watch out for include:
They’re huge, save them for WiFi.
Switch off automatic app updates, and choose WiFi to download them.
Reduce the frequency your phone checks your email, and check whether there’s an option to restrict attachment download.
Hotspots and tethering
Laptops in particular can be pretty hungry, so keep track of how much data they’re using.
Switch mobile data off
You can switch mobile data off completely, but it’s a pretty extreme measure. Smartphones rely pretty heavily on data, so it might be better looking at getting more data if you need it.
Check your app settings
These are only a few of the many data intensive apps out there. If you find something else is using a stack of data, take a look through the settings for that app to see if there are any options for quality or mobile data use that would help reduce its impact.
Some optional features can be pretty taxing. If you don’t need them, switch them off:
- Photo and video auto-sync
- Video auto-play in your feed