How to save data when traveling

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How to save data when traveling

Our phones have become our favorite travel partner. We rely on them to navigate, translate, capture memories, and keep us connected to what matters most. But how do we keep from spending our vacation funds on data charges?

We asked Asurion’s tech experts to share their favorite data-saving travel tips. Keep these in mind whether you’re headed down the street or around the world.

How to use less data

Connect to Wi-Fi before you download media

Save your data, but keep the tunes going. Connect to Wi-Fi before downloading music. (Or books, movies, apps)

Use airplane mode

Switching on airplane mode turns off all wireless connections, which saves your data but still allows you to use your phone in a limited way, such as a camera to snap those vacation memories. Airplane mode is also useful if you want to enjoy your vacation and not be disturbed.

How to turn on airplane mode on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings > Airplane Mode and turn it on.

How to turn on airplane mode on Android:

  • Swipe down to reveal the quick settings menu to toggle airplane mode on.

Switch off background refresh

Your apps may run in the background, even after you return to your iPhone’s home screen. This helps your device run smoothly but can drain your battery and data quickly.

Here’s how to turn off background refresh for iPhone and Android.

Turn off Wi-Fi assist

The Wi-Fi assist function in iOS lets you automatically switch to cellular data when Wi-Fi signals are weak, but it can also burn through your data plan quickly.

How to turn off Wi-Fi assist on iPhone:

  • Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll to the bottom past the list of apps to find “Wi-Fi assist.” Turn it off.

How to save data when traveling internationally

In addition to the tips above, add these items to your list if you’re traveling internationally:

Choose the right browser

Consider using a web browser like Opera Mini (it quickly loads acceptable versions of web pages with slow networks, like 2G and 2.5G) when trying to access apps that are available online (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Google Maps).

Use maps offline

Download region maps for offline use in advance.