It’s a familiar feeling when you get a text from your phone provider saying you’ve nearly run out of data for the month. Depending on what sort of mobile phone contract you’re on, if you don’t keep an eye on the amount of data you’re using you can find yourself landed with a hefty bill.
Here’s 10 simple ways to minimise your data expenditure on both Android and iPhone.
Once upon a time, Apple made iPhones with 32 GB of storage space. It was the perfect amount to hold all your music, a long gallery of photos, and a couple videos from that concert you went to last summer. And then Apple took it all away with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which comes in two storage sizes: 16 GB and 64 GB. (The latest model, the iPhone 6S, goes up to a whopping 128GB.)
This change really screwed things up. People didn’t want to drop 💸 on the pricier 64 GB, so they bought the 16 GB thinking they didn’t need tons of space on their phone. Then they tried to download iOS 9 and got the dreaded “There is not enough available storage” message. Thanks a lot, Apple.
The next time this happens, don’t go on a deleting spree. Instead, follow the advice of Reddit user eavesdroppingyou and try to rent a really, really long movie.
“I have an iPhone with 16 GB so I’m always dealing with low storage,” eavesdroppingyou wrote. “A trick I do to get back some storage is to try to ’rent’ a movie with a big file size (something like The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).”
Apple knows you need your beauty sleep — and that your iPhone is one of the only things standing between you and your pillow. In fact, studies suggest the bright, blue light of an iPhone screen may be to blame for our zombie-like sleep deprivation, and that warmer tones could help lull us to sleep.
Fortunately, iOS 9.3’s Night Shift feature is here to help.
“A lot of waking hours went into thinking about sleep,” Apple writes of its new iPhone tech. “Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location, then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings…Pleasant dreams.”