This really isn't an idea, rather it's more of a way to conserve your data for those that may be on limited data plans or for those who want to avoid paying for 'mystery' data overage charges. This mini-guide caters specifically to [b]Android devices, though there are similar practices for iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Recently, I've come across a few questions concerning data and the ability to send picture messages and what constitutes as chargeable data and what does not. First of all, you will need data in order to send a picture message. Koodo's network can detect when you're sending a picture message and it is that portion of data that is not chargeable to you. However, when you turn on data to send a picture message, any apps or services that are scheduled to download updates will use the data in the background and you will be charged for the data used. Some examples include social media apps that periodically update status or location, synchronization of email and push notifications. [b]Play Store: Settings Your best option is to turn off the features that allow for apps to automatically update. The following steps should work on all Android devices and it doesn't matter whether your prepaid or postpaid. The Play Store setting 'Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only' is set as the default option. Don't take my word for it though, check out the settings for yourself just to make sure. 1). Open [b]Play Store from your phone and tap the menu icon in the upper left hand corner of your screen (three stacked horizontal bars) then tap [b]Settings. 2). Under the heading, [b]Auto-update apps, choose either 'Do not auto update apps' or 'Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only'. 3). Install a data enabler/toggle widget on your Home Screen. It's basically an on/off switch so that you can instantly tell when data is enabled or disabled and you won't have to search through pages of settings to turn off mobile data. Works like a charm and I've been using it for a few years now. Data Enabler Widget https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.data.enabler
If you have a small amount of data to play with (e.g., 50 or 100 MB) I would suggest choosing 'Do not auto-update apps'. I've never lost a single megabyte of data with this setting. If you have a reliable internet/Wi-Fi network at home, then use the setting, auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only. Again, I've used this setting with zero data loss. [b]Your Phone We've covered the Play Store settings, now it's time to take a look at the settings on your phone. Go to Settings > About device - tap Software updates. If you're looking to conserve data, remove the checkmark from the checkbox to disable checking for software updates automatically as this will use data if the box below it (Wi-Fi only) is not enabled/checkmarked. To check for software updates manually, simply tap 'Update now'. The second checkbox 'Wi-Fi only' means just what it says, in that software updates will be performed over Wi-Fi only. If the box is left empty (no checkmark), your phone will use mobile data to download software updates, though on some phones you may get a warning before the download commences. Place a checkmark in the box to download software updates over Wi-Fi only. [b]Worth Noting If you have both Wi-Fi and mobile data on simultaneously and you get out of range of the Wi-Fi signal, or the source of your internet gets interrupted, your phone will automatically switch from Wi-Fi to using data. [b]It's best to turn off data when its not needed and use the settings mentioned previously, to avoid any unexpected charges. That's all for now. Enjoy your data and thanks for reading! Special thanks to Robert Buchanan for suggesting this information become more widely accessible. Thank you, Robert!