EVERYONE is looking for ways to keep spending down despite a cost of living crisis.
Smartphones can be particularly expensive, even after burning a hole in your pocket buying the device.
So what can you do to avoid wasting even more money?
Check your data and downgrade
Could you be spending too much on your data plan?
If you’re paying for a lot of data — or even unlimited — but only using a fraction, you might be able to downgrade.
You can check how much data you’re using in a number of ways.
First, check your network provider’s own app, which tells you exactly how much you’re working through each month.
If you can’t find this – or just want another way to check – the iPhone has its own option too.
Go to settings and mobile data.
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Under “Current Period” you’ll see how much you’ve used – but that’s a lifetime number, so it’s likely to be huge.
So you need to reset it first and come back in a month by going down and selecting Reset statistics.
Then check again in 30 days and see what it says.
If you’re using much less data than you’re allotted, you should talk to your network provider about a downgrade.
However, remember that you’ve had enough – you don’t want to exceed your pocket money and end up paying more.
There’s also another way to avoid nasty bill shocks, and that’s when roaming.
Most mobile networks have now limited the amount of inclusive roaming data you get when traveling to EU countries.
You can check if roaming is disabled by going to settings followed by mobile data.
blow Mobile data options and see if data roaming is checked.
Save yourself battery repairs
iPhone batteries degrade over time, just like any other smartphone.
This means you will eventually have to get out to replace the battery.
Luckily, you can avoid those costs with a clever trick that allows your iPhone to learn your daily charging routine.
in the settingsgo to battery.
Choose battery condition.
Ensure Optimized battery charge is on.
It’s also worth looking at the Maximum Capacity bit, as this tells you how good your iPhone’s battery is at the moment.
Change your Apple subscriptions — and reconnect with family
Do you use more than one of Apple’s subscription services?
Whether it’s Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud or others, if you use more than one, you can save money by opting for Apple One instead.
Better yet, if you know someone who uses them, you can team up and save even more.
Apple One is the tech giant’s bundle plan.
An individual plan costs £14.95 per month and includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and iCloud+ with 50GB of storage.
The family plan costs £19.95 and gives you everything to share with five other people – plus storage is boosted to 200GB.
You and the family can get even more for £29.95 a month, taking iCloud storage to a whopping 2TB and also throwing News+ and Fitness+ into the mix.
If you only have one Apple subscription service and use a competitor for something else, it might be worth switching to Apple to save money.
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