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Your First Android Device: Avoiding Nasty Data Charges [How To]

With my handset, I pay for 5GB a month and then the Mobile Hotspot on top of a good extra $200 in overcharges. I use my Mobile Hotspot a ton, and that is mainly because my home internet is downright terrible. So, in this case, theses charges aren’t really avoidable, but they can be for you though. You may possibly might not even use your carrier’s mobile network a whole lot either if you have a good Wi Fi at home.

All you have to do is go into Settings > Wireless & Networks and then turn on the Wi Fi and connect it to your home network whenever you’re just chilling at home. Mobile Networks are really nice, and are often pretty speedy, but they come with a heck of a lot of charges that you might not be able to pay for. On a regular  basis, I use a good 25 – 30GB per month, which usually gives me an extra $200 – $250 in extra charges to pay for, which is pretty ridiculous, but since it’s the only thing I have right now, it’s fine.

Wi-Fi isn’t the only thing that is going to help you save money on data charges though. One of the largest things that I have noticed that has become a problem as of late, is those silly updates many companies like to put in applications known as “Background Data.” One of these specific applications that uses background data is known as Facebook, which you might be familiar with. Facebook is wretched on your data plan due to the notifications it pushes to your phone (i.e. if you don’t change the settings). Without changing the settings on your background data for Facebook, you could find the application using a good 150MB per day, which adds up extremely fast and in a matter of days you could have your first overcharge from Facebook alone.

With that said, if there are some apps you don’t want running in the background, you need to go into Settings > Applications > Running Services, and then close whatever you don’t want running in the background. I would suggest making sure that Facebook or Google+ is not running in the background, as they are pretty huge data hogs. Of course, that’s on the basis that you have those apps downloaded on your new Android device. If you don’t have those, there isn’t a huge need to worry.

If you take these steps, that should save you some money, and even time off of your bill from your selected carrier. Hey, it may even make your internet go a bit faster as your phone won’t be tied up with running Facebook or Google+ in the background. This specific guide can go into detail a lot more, and I could be writing for hours, but if you have some questions that this post does not go into, feel free to ask and I will make sure to answer your question!

Stay tuned for our next one, on what apps you absolutely NEED to have!

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