Data usage on your phone plan

This support article will give you key information about keeping track of data usage on your phone plan and provide tips to avoid going over your data allowance.

How to manage data usage on your phone plan.

The best way to manage your data usage on mobile broadband is through My Vodafone.

If you’re on a plan, you can also use My Vodafone to:

If you’re sharing your plan’s data, you can also use the Data Control feature in My Vodafone to remotely switch off data for any users in your sharing group.

Tips for limiting your data usage.

Here are some other ways you can limit your data usage.

Connect to WiFi.

When you’re connected to a WiFi network, you won’t use your plan’s mobile data.

To reduce your mobile data usage connect to WiFi when completing data tasks such as:

  • Installing software updates.
  • Downloading and updating apps.
  • Syncing cloud storage services.
  • Streaming video and audio.

For more information, check out our WiFi support page.

Device data monitors.

Most smartphones have in-built data monitors to provide details of your data usage. For more information, check out our data usage monitors support page.

Switch off mobile data access.

You can limit your data usage by switching off mobile data access in your phone’s settings. Some devices also allow you to restrict mobile data access for certain apps or features. 

Switch off background data.

Your device may still be using data in the background, even when you’re not actively using it. To reduce your background data, you can try switching off automatic:

  • Backups.
  • File transfers
  • App updates.
  • Email refresh and attachment downloads.

Data saving in apps.

Many popular apps have data saving features that can be configured to help reduce the amount of data they use.

Facebook: Turn off Video Autoplay.
Instagram: Turn on Use Less Data.
Snapchat: Turn on Travel Mode.
YouTube: Turn off High Quality setting.
Google Chrome (Android only): Turn on Data Saver.


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