Use less Mobile Data On Your iPhone 7 with iOS 10

Apple’s iPhone hase come along way but the one thing that still sucks is mobile phone data and just how expensive it’s here in Australia. Not everyone has unlimited cellular data. If you’re on a particularly small phone plan with Vodafone,Telstra, Optus etc things can be even worse for you. Like that latest snap-chat fails to send -bad. Or maybe you’re just 1 days away from your next billing cycle and you don’t want to be stung $10 for an extra Gb. Here are some handy ways to reduce your mobile data usage using the latest iOS 10 release.

1. Disable Auto play Videos Settings Everywhere

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This is a massive data saver because an app like Facebook by default auto-plays videos even when you’re on cellular data. Before doing anything else disable auto-play videos for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow these steps below.

Facebook: Tap the “More” tab, select “Settings” -> “Account Settings” -> “Videos and Photos” -> “Video Settings” -> “Auto-play” and either select “On Wi-Fi Connections Only” or “Never Auto-plays Videos”.

Twitter: From your profile view, tap the “Gear” icon, select “Settings” -> “Data” -> “Video Autoplay” and then either choose “Never play videos automatically” or “Use Wi-Fi only”.

Instagram: From your profile view, tap the “Gear” icon on the top, select “Mobile Data Use” and toggle the “Use Less Data” option.

 

2. How Much Data Are Each Of Your Apps Actually Using?

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Navigate to the “Cellular” option in the Settings, and by browsing through all the apps you can see how much data they’ve used- prepare yourself for some surprises.

Find the high use apps that you can make do without; disable their access to cellular data. If you need, you can come back and enable it later on.

3. Disable Cellular Data for Apple iCloud

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If you use iCloud Drive for backing up files and data from apps, you should check to see if the “Use Cellular Data” in “iCloud Drive” section of the Settings app is turned on or not. Some apps might be backing up data on 4G without you knowing.

4. Disable Automatic Downloads

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The Automatic Downloads option is going to be one of the biggest killers of your data plan. In the Settings app, go to “iTunes and App Store” and make sure “Use Cellular Data” option is disabled.

This means you won’t be able to download new app or automatically update them when on cellular data. Just wait until your home or at work and connected to Wi-Fi to save dollars every month.

5. Disable Wi-Fi Assist

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When it came out, this sounded like a great idea- BUT its eats all your data. In theory, Wi-Fi Assist feature is supposed to “assist” your browsing when Wi-Fi becomes spotty, using Cellular Data to fill in the ups and downs.

But turns out, if you have a really spotty connection this could be that even big stuff like downloads and updates over data. Worst of all, you wouldn’t even know about it.

Thankfully, in the latest iOS update, Apple now tells a user how much data Wi-Fi Assist has used. But still it’s best to turn this feature off by going to “Cellular” -> “Wi-Fi Assist” inside the Settings app.

 

6. Disable Background App Refresh Settings

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This feature is meant to make sure that your favourite apps launch instantly and sort of idle behind the scenes. The problem is that with apps like Facebook they keep refreshing in the background and download new updates. Updates you aren’t even viewing.

So go to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Background App Refresh” and turn it off for apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. You’ll end up saving more of your battery life as well.

7. Don’t Use Cellular Data For Apple Music

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If you use Apple Music you might be streaming songs on cellular, taking up a lot of the data without you knowing. Go to “Music” section in the Settings app and select “Cellular Data“.You can either turn off the data, or you can only disable either streaming or downloads over cellular.

 

8. Take Care Of the Mail App

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Depending on how you use your Mail app it can end up costing you a lot of your data plan. If your work depends on it then it’s worth it. But in some cases, it might be best to stop the Mail app from downloading stuff in the background altogether.

One way to do that is do to disable the Mail app’s Cellular Data and Background App Refresh rights, like we showed above.

Or you can go into “Settings” -> “Mail” and turn off the “Load Remote Images” option.

9. Use Chrome’s Reduce Data Mode

If you’re browsing heavy sites like Engadget, it’s possible to lose 5-13 MBs of data per page. Try using Google Chrome and enabling its “Reduce Data” feature from the settings. It turns the data through Google’s servers, compresses it and then sends it out to you (sites secured with HTTPS, like login pages, don’t go through Google). Another good option is Opera’s mini web browser.

 

10. Constantly Monitor Your Data Usage

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Download and use your carriers data/usage app. Alternatively, use a third party app like DataMan Next or smartsapp. Tell these apps your billing cycle dates, data allowance and they’ll alert you when you’re about to max out.

11. Send Low Quality Images via Apple iMessage

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If you send a lot of media via iMessage, you can turn on the “Low Quality Image Mode” option from the “Messages” section in the Settings app.

This will send a compressed version of the image instead of the full resolution. This feature is only available in iOS 10.

12. Just Turn Off Cellular Data All-together

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The last tip is the most obvious! Simply turn off your data all-together! (aah but can you live like that?) Think about all the spare money you will have to spend of these must have iPhone 7 accessories

NEW iPhone 7 Unboxing: Jet Black and Matte Black

It was only a week ago when Apple unveiled its latest iPhone on September 7. In 2016 we get what’s called the iPhone 7 – the newest device to be added to Apples range of iPhone’s. They quickly sold out in a matter of just 10 minutes, an un-boxing video, thanks to Marques Brownlee, has hit the web comparing the new iPhone 7 Jet Black (which might scratch easily) with the iPhone 7 Plus Matte Black. The video also runs us through the new iOS 10 operating system. Apple iPhone 7 Accessories are due to arrive shortly, and we can confirm older iPhone 6/6s cases or covers aren’t compatible with the new iPhone 7. Watch the unboxing below to get a better look at the latest iPhone and let us know if you’d still prefer the iPhone 6s or you will make the upgrade in the comments section!

 

Why is my Fitbit not charging? Common issues and fixes

Quite often we have customers purchasing a new cable from us in hope of fixing their charging issues. Occasionally there is another issue preventing their Fitbit device from recharging. Below are some of the tips we share to help them work out the cause of the problem.

1.There is grime or dirt on the charging contacts

Fix: Try cleaning them gently using a cotton earbud, toothpick or toothbrush. This can help improve your charging time as well.

2.A faulty or inconsistent charging source

Fix:Try a different USB port or your phones USB charger. Remove any usb hubs or try a different usb port on your computer. Most chargers provide the required 1.0A to charge a fitbit

3.Tracker isn’t connected to the charger—Try reconnecting your tracker to the charging cable. If your tracker has a display, you’ll see a battery icon while it’s charging. Fitbit Flex™ lights up while charging. If you have a Fitbit Alta™, make sure the charging contacts are clipped into the Fitbit Alta charger.

4.Fitbit device Firmware is outdated

Fix: Update your tracker using the instructions provided on Fitbits’ website. They periodically release updates that fix bugs and improve your devices performance.

5.Tracker has totally freaked out and isn’t responding

Fix: Restart the device

If you try all the above and that doesn’t seem to fix the charging issue your Fitbit battery maybe be faulty or you require a new charge cable. Unfortunately if your battery is faulty your device will have to be sent back under warranty. The design makes its virtually impossible to easily replace a battery inside a Fitbit. If you decide it might be your cable that’s faulty we have a range of Fitbit cables available here.

6. Your Fitbit doesn’t seem to be responding, or jittery especially after you just charged it.

Fix: Try removing your fitbit band,  its common if you have an aftermarket or metal band installed, a static charge can sometimes build up and interfere with the electronics.

How to replace an iPhone 5s battery guide

Hey there! Today we are going to walk you through changing over your old or damaged Apple iPhone 5s battery. The process is fairly straight forward and can be done with little fear of damaging your iPhone – aslong as you’ve had a little screwdriver experience haha. Apple can take upto 2 weeks to return your phone once you send it in for servicing, which isn’t an option for most of you! A little tip that isnt shown in the video that works a treat, is to preheat the battery a little with a hair dryer to help loosen the adhesive seal

If you need to purchase a replacement battery consider buying one from us here

Thanks to ifixit for the great video