Mexico City (José Luis Adriano) – As hundreds of millions of people around the world are forced to stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19 disease, internet services are in greater demand to load their websites and entertainment, work or study platforms.
To avoid the overload of mobile networks, follow these recommendations to consume content from your cell phone during this crisis season. Tip number 1? Say goodbye to all the HD content you consume until the situation returns to normal.
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By using data, avoid HD
Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video, among other streaming services, are great options to entertain you with their content through their mobile applications. But if you use these services with the mobile data of your cell phone, avoid playing in HD or higher qualities.
In your Netflix mobile app, go to More App Settings Video Quality and select Standard. This quality will take up less space on your cell phone, will play the videos with lower quality and will avoid saturating mobile networks. If you use Netflix at home through WiFi, it is also best to forgo resolutions like 4K, as they put a heavy burden on internet traffic.
When playing a video on YouTube from your mobile app, go to the three-dot Quality button and choose 360p or 480p. In fact, this platform reduced the quality of its videos since last week to decongest the network. Google and its services are the largest consumers of internet traffic in the world, so it’s worth checking your settings.
Amazon Prime Video
The Amazon streaming app also allows you to adjust its quality to reduce the use of mobile data. Activate this function from your cell phone or tablet by going My Stuff Settings Playback and downloads and choose ‘Good’ in the Playback Quality. If you want, you can also turn off the option “Use the highest quality with WiFi”.
Although it may not seem like it, Facebook is a big consumer of mobile data. To reduce its use, open your mobile app and go to the Menu Settings and privacy Settings Videos and photos Settings and video and disable Upload HD. So your videos will not be uploaded with the highest quality.
In this same menu, also go to Autoplay and select “Never play videos automatically”. With this, you will prevent Facebook videos from starting to play on their own, unless you click on them.
Using this browser on your cell phone will help you save data, a useful function to avoid network saturation in these weeks. To activate it, open Chrome and go to Settings Lite mode and select the Activated option. From there, all the sites you visit will use 60 percent less mobile data, loading only the information essential for its operation.
If you use iPhone, you can limit the use that certain applications make of your mobile data to download updates or content, and thus contribute to a more comfortable mobile network. To do this, unlock your iPhone and go to Settings Cellular data Options and turn on the Save cellular data function.
In the Cellular data menu you can also “turn off” the data for the applications you choose, and leave them on for the ones you think are most necessary, such as WhatsApp or your email.
Although the videos shared by the messaging application are not very heavy, you can still turn on a couple of options to reduce your mobile data consumption on WhatsApp. Just go to Settings Data & Storage and turn on Decrease data usage. Thus your data calls will consume less mobile internet.
In this same menu, also check the Automatic file download options so that the photos, audios, videos and documents received by WhatsApp are not downloaded with your mobile data unless you decide.
The music streaming app can be a major consumer of mobile data if you don’t configure it properly. From the app, go to Preferences and turn on Data Saver Mode. With this function, the music quality will be lowered.
If you are a Premium Spotify user, it is best to download all your playlists through a WiFi network. That way you won’t waste your mobile data and your music will be available in a higher quality.
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There are other actions you can take to care for mobile networks during the coronavirus contingency season.
That video call, is it really necessary?
If you have video calls for work or school, question whether it couldn’t be solved using a traditional phone call or an email.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok or Twitch are just some of the social networks that allow you to broadcast live videos to your followers. If you have to use these functions, do it from a WiFi network and not with your mobile data.
Calling from home? Use the phone
If you have a landline in your house and need to make a call, it is best to use the traditional phone on your cell phone. According to the IFT, doing this reduces the burden on mobile networks.
You are gamer? Don’t play with on data
Mobile games like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile and Free Fire are very popular mobile video games, but they demand a lot of mobile data. If you are playing them during your quarantine, it is best to do it from WiFi networks. Follow this advice for any mobile video game that demands internet consumption.