Managing Data While Traveling

Michael Janke

We’re finally back on the road again, this time heading south to find something interesting in Louisiana or thereabouts.

Part of our pre-trip activity is to set our devices up to minimize data usage. We’ve always had low limits on our cell phone data plans, so staying online without burning through our plan has been a challenge. Here are some of the things we do on our Android and Windows devices to keep within our limits.

Turn off auto-updates. Updates can use lots of data. Years ago I burned my whole 2GB plan when my phone decided it needed to download a system update. Now I make sure to get our devices caught up on updates before we leave, and then disable updates until we find free Wi-Fi. Android whines when you do that, but the whining can be disabled too. Pausing Windows updates is possible, but but only…

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