5 Ways to Reduce Data Consumption on macOS

Too much screen time means too much data usage, which indicates that you can reach the stipulated data cap soon. That’s not a problem if your data pack is about to charge, but what if it was only a week ago you renewed it. 

When you are working from home, you need to save data so that you won’t run out of it, which will influence your work. If you are a Mac user, this can be a common problem due to the huge connected ecosystem that Apple offers. Since your Apple devices sync with each other, data consumption can be huge. 

So, if you are looking for ways to reduce your data usage, here are some easy tips to help you. 

Disable Automatic Updates

First thing’s first, most problems in digital devices start with the updates and end with the updates. While installing the operating system updates is probably the first thing that you do after purchasing any new device, setting them to install automatically can turn into a problem at a later stage. 

The OS updates that install automatically consume data. Some of the updates are not even required on your computer, but your computer keeps installing them until you turn off the automatic updates. 

To do this, navigate to System Preferences, tap Software Updates, click Advanced, and then clear the checkbox available with Download new updates when available. Click OK to complete the procedure. 

Compress Files Before Sharing

PDF or JPG formats can be compressed to smaller sizes to ensure quick sharing. When you need to share large files, save them as JPG and compress it before you share them over email so that it consumes limited data. Visit https://setapp.com/how-to/compress-jpg to learn more about compressing JPEG files. 

By storing files in easy-to-share formats, you can save a lot of time that you otherwise spend on converting the documents for sharing them over email or messaging apps. These file formats ensure data security as the users on the receiving end cannot make changes to the data stored within. 

Turn Off App Updates

After installing a new app, users find app updates as important as operating system updates. They are not essential. 

Most of the time, we download an app for a single time use only, but we never delete it for years. The app stays on the computer till we start to face storage issues, and then also, we delete it only when we notice it. 

Apps that you install from the Apple App Store get automatically updated at regular intervals. Each update consumes data, so disabling them can help. To disable automatic app updates, navigate to the Apple App Store on your computer and open App Store Preferences from the App menu. Uncheck Automatic Updates, and you are all set. 

Check for Mail Messages Manually


When you are at home, checking the Mail app automatically makes sense; however, you can conserve some bandwidth by checking the app manually. To check the Mail app manually and disable the automatic settings, launch the Mail app, go to Preferences, and tap the General pane. 

Next, expand the Check for new messages option and set it to the Manually option from the drop-down menu. 

This will stop the Mail messages from displaying automatically on the computer screen, which used to be a major reason for high data consumption on Mac computers. Plus, checking the messages manually prevents them from being exposed to unknown people when you are not around. 

Disable App Notifications

We all know that notifications use data, no matter what operating system or device you use. Although they are important, not every time; so, when you feel that the notifications that you get for different apps are distracting, disable them right away. 

You can turn on a couple of them for useful or office-specific apps, but you can disable the social media-related notifications to reduce data usage and improve focus. 

To disable the notifications on your MacBook Air, navigate to the System Preferences, click Show Previews, and set it to Never. In addition, you can also put your Mac to Do Not Disturb mode as it will help save data. 

Disabling the notification on your Mac computer will also prevent you from the kind of frustration that some of the app alerts bring along. 

The Conclusion

Although the major part of this article focuses on reducing data usage on Mac computers, Windows users can also follow the tips to save data consumption. The procedures may vary, but the tips work on all computers, regardless of the operating system.

In addition to the tips mentioned above, you can also save your data by viewing limited videos to stop streaming movies until the renewal period. If required, you can ask the internet service provider to upgrade your data plan.

Fry Electronics Team

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