While you’re not able to sort between foreground (when you’ve opened the app) and background (when data is being used without your knowledge) for each app like you can on Android, it’s still pretty easy to figure out.
Just keep a mental note of which apps you’ve actually been opening and using, so you can find the culprits using cellular data without your approval and disable them so you don’t get dinged later.
Tapping on an app lets you separate what’s being used in the foreground (when you’ve opened the app) and background (when data is being used without your knowledge).
If you notice any apps using more background data than you’d like, simply turn on the “Restrict app background data” toggle at the bottom of the page.
Many popular apps today include built-in data saving toggles and features.
It’s likely that several you’ve deemed important enough to access your cellular data can still reduce its data usage.
but that’s not data use you have to directly pay for.
[Learn more] i OS users: Keep your eye on the Cellular section inside Settings.
Our weekly Ting tips dive into data saving tricks hidden inside the latest and greatest smartphone apps, so it’s likely that we’ve covered some of the apps you just can’t live without.
You can also lower your monthly bill by taking advantage of calling and texting apps when you’re on a Wi-Fi connection.
Hangouts, i Message, Whats App, Face Time and Skype all let you call and text for free while on Wi-Fi, but that’s a separate conversation.
These apps will stay dormant until you’re back within a Wi-Fi connection (even if you open them, they won’t connect to the Internet on a mobile network).
If you don’t need up-to-the-second updates in Instagram, for example, it’s a worthwhile trade-off.