Ways to decrease you data usage.
HD vs Standard Def
This is a BIG one. If you go off and leave your TV playing in HD, you will use all of your internet plus your neighbors. Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.
#1 don’t go off and leave your tv on. If your not watching, turn it off.
#2 Change your setting on your streaming program to standard definition.
Don't Leave TV on 24/7
If you are using an internet service to watch tv, every minute that it is on, it is using data. If you are not watching, TURN IT OFF.
Streaming music uses data. You can easily use a GB of data per day by leaving music playing. If your not listening, turn it off. Another way to save is to make a playlist and down load it.
Webcams and Skype
Streaming visual files, as when communicating via Webcam and using programs like Skype and MSN use lots of data. Don’t leave them open once you are done talking.
Turn Off Computer / Use Sleep Mode / Home Screen
You don’t think of a computer using much data but if you leave it on 24 / 7, it adds up.
If you leave your computer on, don’t leave it on a page that refreshes like a news page that updates every 5 minutes. Every page refresh, uses data. Leave it on the home screen or set it to go to sleep after 15 minutes of no use.
Don't Share Your Password
Passwords will be changed as soon as Rob the tech guy can get over there. If you share your password, it hurts everyone. If you have shared the password to your router so that you neighbor can log in, change it and tell them to talk to me about getting their own internet.
Cell Phone and Tablet
All of these suggestions for use apply to your cell phone and tablets. Cell phones and tablets use data just like acomputer and your TV.
Turn off "Next Episode"
All of the television services such as Amazon, Netflix and Hulu off ther option to Automatically play the next episode in whatever series you are watchin. TURN IT OFF.
If this is set at off, and you forget and leave your tv on, it will quit using data when it gets to the end of the episode.
Turn off Auto Play
Youtube gives you the Autoplay option in the upper right corner of the screen. This option plays the next video in line, automatically. If you walk off and leave Youtube playing with Autoplay on, Youtube will play one video after another, endlessly, thus eating up data.
On Line Gaming
The continuous exchange of information to synchronize players with each other and with the gaming site (ex. downloading demos or extensions) requires much more bandwidth than a network game.
#1 Don’t leave any games playing. ALWAY S turn them off. If you don’t turn them OFF, they continuously refresh and use data.