At some point in your relationship with Republic Wireless, you may have received this dreaded email: “you’ve used 100% of your cellular data”. It’s one of my least favorite emails to receive, especially when I have no idea where all that data was spent! Fortunately, one time data adds make it easy to add more data when I need it. But, it doesn’t answer the question – where did all my data go? Data protection tools in the Republic Wireless app are here to help.
There are many reasons your data may seem like it’s disappearing. Perhaps you turned off your WiFi for a time and forgot to re-enable it. Maybe you have apps running in the background that you aren’t even aware use data.
Fortunately, we’ve built the necessary tools to help you understand how much data you’re using and where all of it’s going. Here’s a few tips to help you stay within your personal data limit.
Monitor Your Usage
Pro tip #1: Check the app periodically throughout the month to ensure you’re using data at the rate you expect.
|The Republic Wireless app was designed to help make it easy for you to monitor and control your data usage. Immediately upon opening the app, your remaining data amount will show in the circle on the screen. This makes it super easy to keep a close eye on your usage and have time to investigate if you think it’s being used too quickly.|
|Did you know you can tap the icon below your remaining usage? (For me it’s the thumbs up in the green circle.) Try it! This handy tool tracks your data usage rate and lets you know if you may be at risk of running out before your next bill cycle date.|
The ability to quickly assess if I’ll need another GB of data by seeing how many days are left in my billing cycle on the same screen as my usage is extremely convenient. I typically use only 1GB per month. If I see that I only have about 100 MB left and still have 10 days in my billing cycle, I can decide if I want to make a one-time data purchase for another GB. Or I can choose if it’s better for me to ration that data over the next 10 days. This transparent view of my data usage gives me the opportunity to plan ahead and change my usage accordingly.
Manage App Permissions
Pro tip #2: Check which apps are using your data and turn off the permission for data usage within the app itself.
|One of my favorite things about the Republic Wireless app is that I can see exactly which apps are using most of my data. Many apps use data in the background unless you specifically tell it not to. This is a great built-in tool for making sure I’m not wasting unnecessary data on apps that I don’t use when not on WiFi. I can simply tap into “see where your data is going” and from there determine if I need to go into an app’s settings and turn off its access to data.|
Turn On Data Freeze
Pro tip #3: Pause the usage of data on your phone straight from your app to prevent overuse.
Republic’s data freeze option is an extremely helpful feature – it allows me to toggle my data off completely through a few easy taps.
The data freeze option is available by tapping the cog in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and then tapping data tools. Data freeze is the first option and can be extremely useful if you find yourself frequently over-using your data.
My favorite time to use this feature is when I’m at home or in a location where I have a strong WiFi connection. Because I prefer my apps to only use WiFi, I will turn on data freeze to prevent unwanted background usage. (Just remember to turn it back on when you leave your WiFi connection).
Use The WiFi Reminder Tool
Pro tip #4: Turn on the WiFi reminder and set it for a short time to limit data usage.
Have you ever forgotten to turn your WiFi back on after disabling it for a short period of time? I have – and my data usage didn’t thank me for it. I was in a location where my WiFi connection was spotty, so to get the best coverage I had to rely on cellular data. Once I turned my WiFi off I forgot to turn it back on. This is where the WiFi Reminder tool really came in handy!
The WiFi Reminder option is available by tapping the cog in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and then tapping data tools. It is the third option on the screen and has been a lifesaver on many occasions.
Simply toggle on “Turn on WiFi reminder” and it will send you a push notification to remind you to turn it back on after the time you select. I have mine set to remind me after 30 minutes to make sure I limit the amount of time my data is being strictly relied on, but you can choose to be reminded anywhere from 5 minutes to 60 minutes after WiFi has been turned off.
I hope these data protection tools will help you monitor and control your data usage moving forward and that you’ll find them as useful as I do! Now, you can finally answer the question of where did all my data go and take action to make sure you’re using your data at a pace you’re comfortable with.