Minimizing data usage with pre paid phone plab/data top up

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I just bought a LG K4 phone, and intend to install a prepaid plan today and purchase 2GB of data top ups (30.00 each).  I have never used a smartphone with data.  The only thing so far that I have done is set a few things that the phone has prompted me to (time, date, etc) and have yet to go onto Koodo and actually get a number.  I have printed out the instruction manual for the phone, but there is very little in there how to minimize data usage.

In my set up, I picked that I would NOT be using other available Wi Fi, but just Koodo's phone would only be used for my job (out and about as a homecare nurse, to use things like Google maps, send e mail back to the office while on the job, text, etc).  I have a desktop computer, a tablet (Samsung/Android), and an Ipod touch at home, and would not use my phone for getting on the internet, etc while I am at home and have those other devices for access.

Any idea how I could not use data while my phone is sitting at home and charging?  I would only really need GB's for the above activities, likely would not be downloading games, movies, etc.
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Robert, Mobile Master

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Hello Tina if you're connected to a wifi network while at home or office, then you will not use data at all


You could disable data and activate it only when you need it! To disable you can put a widget (long press on home screen) for cellular data
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You wouldn't be using Koodo's WiFi. WiFi refers to a wireless local area network created by a router (what you'd have at people's houses, libraries, businesses, etc.). Do you not have home internet?

To minimize data usage, go into your phone's settings and if you go into the update section, make sure it's set to download over WiFi only. Then go into your Google Play store app and under settings select to update over WiFi only.

If you use Facebook, please go into the app settings and make sure that videos do not autoplay, or autoplay on WiFi only.
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I have home internet.  My WiFi is through MTS.  would it not be using data then just sitting there at home, on and can I have it not use data when I am not using my phone? Sorry I am not getting or understanding this, and I am sitting here frustrated as well by the way trying for the last TWO HOURS to activate my phone online in the FIRST PLACE!!  I am using the prepaid page and links, FINALLY got past it saying my SIM card was invalid (by trying using a different browser, get as far as picking my phone number, and getting to the drop down menu to pick a plan, and when I select it the "previous" button at the bottom of the screen is my only option, and I cannot click "continue".  Go to "previous" page, and am stuck in the same scenario!  I am waiting in line currently for a phone call (45 min wait)

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Set your phone to connect to Wi-Fi when ever it can connect. Turn off access to the cellular network of any program you don't need to use away from home. Download a mapping application that keeps maps on the device, rather than downloading them as needed. I use Co-pilot GPS, but others recommend Here Maps
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Another thing that you can do to stretch out your data is to download opera max, which compresses data that your phone uses. In practice I've seen 15-35% savings in data depending on what was being done.
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Under the data usage section make sure to restrict background data as well.