I remember that a few months ago my father, accustomed to working from home with Wi-Fi alone, finally acquired a new mobile data plan. About ten days after he started his plan, he called me to say: “I was trying to send him a video that I made of the cat and I could not, he does not let me send it.”
My father, like many other people, uses his cell phone almost exclusively to check his mail, watch videos on YouTube and talk and send files through WhatsApp. This is not bad because each has different needs. His, it seems, is watching and sharing videos. But those videos can devour your data before you know it.
The problem is that many times we do not pay attention to the amount of data we consume when playing streaming videos or when downloading the media that is sent to us through WhatsApp because we are so used to trusting the benefits of Wi-Fi.
Follow these steps to save your data while using WhatsApp
- Open WhatsApp.
- Touch the “three points” on the top right
- Select Settings
- Touch the fourth option, Data and storage usage
- Select the third option, When using mobile data
- Deactivate the four options (Photos, Audio, Videos and Documents) and press OK
- Scroll down to use low data and check the box on the right side
What we have done here is disable the automatic download of any file (Photos, Audio, Videos and Documents) when we are using mobile data. This will prevent these files from being downloaded with your data plan, so they will wait for you to connect to a Wi-Fi network to do so.
Also, we reduce the use of mobile data during calls that we make through WhatsApp. This will allow you to save data, but it will also mean that the quality of the call might suffer a bit.
Have you ever used your entire data plan without realizing it? What other ways do you have to prevent this from happening?