Basics

How can I minimise my data usage?

If you don't have an unlimited data plan, you may be looking for ways to shave a little bit off your data usage. This topic provides a few ways to turn down or turn off some of the features that require a data connection on your phone.

Turning on Battery Saver

Battery Saver turns off some, but not all, of the features that require a data connection. You can turn it on whenever you want or set it to turn on automatically when your battery is low. To learn more, see Battery: making it last.

  1. From Start, flick left to the Application list and then press Settings Settings icon > Battery saver.

  2. Do one or both of the following:

    • If you want Battery Saver to turn on whenever the battery gets to 20%, select Always turn on Battery Saver when battery is low.
    • If you want to turn Battery Saver on now and leave it on until the next time you plug in your phone, select Turn on Battery Saver now until next charge.

Changing email synchronisation settings

You can choose how often your phone automatically synchronises email or you can synchronise it manually, just when you want to.

  1. From Start, flick left to the Application list and then press the email account whose settings you want to change.

  2. Press MoreMore icon > Settings, then press Synchronisation settings.

  3. Press the Download new content list, then select a time. If you don't want your phone to ever synchronise email from this account automatically, press Manually.

Turning on flight mode

If you're looking to turn off your mobile connection for a while, an easy way is to turn on flight mode.

  1. From Start, flick left to the Application list and then press Settings Settings icon > Flight mode.

  2. Turning Status to On.

Stop sending usage feedback with a data connection

Your phone can send feedback to help improve Windows Phones, but you can choose not to send this feedback using a mobile data connection.

  1. On Start, flick left to the Application list, then press Settings Settings icon > Feedback.

  2. Clear the Use my mobile data connection to send feedback check box.

Turning off your mobile data connection

The most thorough way to make sure you're not using data is to turn off your data connection altogether.

  1. On Start, flick left to the Application list, then press Settings Settings icon > Mobile.

  2. Turning Data connection to Off.

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