Smartphones brings so many conveniences to modern life that it can be hard to remember how we ever managed to get by without them.
However, sometimes it might feel like a bit of a nuisance having notifications pinging away in your pocket – and if you do not have an unlimited data plan, then it can be difficult to be sure of how close to the end of your allowance you are when using apps and browsing the web.
With this in mind, we've come up with a few helpful tips that should make it much easier to improve your smartphone experience to your own specific requirements.
If app notifications just keep coming and you do not find all of them useful, then you may want to think about managing them more carefully.
It is perfectly understandable that you might have lost track of what you granted notification permission to when downloading apps, but taking control of the situation is not at all difficult.
Android users can stop any unwanted notifications when they appear in the notification bar, by long pressing on the notification for a message box to appear. After this, simply tap on App Info and untick the Show Notifcations option.
Those with iPhones can manage notifications in the dedicated page in the smartphone's settings. Here, a list of all your apps allows you to select which ones have permission to present at all, and the style of notification taken by those you do permit.
Keeping track of your data usage is very straightforward. It is also a good idea if you want to keep tabs on how much of your allowance is remaining in any given month.
All smartphones include a data usage tracker in their settings. This can be used to monitor how much has been used in the month, then reset to start afresh.
Some handsets also have a feature to set a data limit, giving you an alert when you are coming close to the data limit you set yourself.
Whenever you don't need to stay connected, you can always disable mobile data altogether and use Wi-Fi wherever possible. Turning off background app updates can also limit the amount of data your smartphone gets through.
Organise the homescreen
The homescreen can fill up very quickly when you start downloading all the apps and games you want on the device.
This can be more clutter than practical – particularly if there are some default apps you cannot uninstall. The Stocks app on the iPhone is notoriously irrelevant to a lot of users.
However, managing this space is easy, as you can dispense of anything you don't need in folders and hide it away from the homescreen.
If there are more apps you do need to use than can conveniently fit on the homescreen, you can always organise those into folders too, grouping games or communication-themed apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat together in one place, for example.