In a line-up of apps accused of wasting your mobile data, I bet you’d probably never consider your old friend Instagram. I mean, how could it be guilty? It’s just pictures, right? Hundreds of pictures of brunch, with some filters on it. Pictures, and sometimes video. Streaming video that plays without your permission…
You hear the shatter without realizing the mug was slipping out of your hand. Coffee spills everywhere.
How could you have been so foolish? Instagram was Kaiser Soze all along. What once appeared as an innocent looking app with a bum leg, now confidently strides out of your work place and into a limousine, taking your precious megabytes along for the ride.
Luckily, this week’s Ting Tip exposes the one secret Instagram never bothered telling you – it has a mode to control cellular data usage. Just flip on the “Use Less Data” switch and videos will no longer automatically preload over your mobile network, saving you money in the process if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.
Read on for our step-by-step instructions.
From the Instagram main feed, tap Profile and click the Settings icon in the top right.
Scroll down to Settings and tap Cellular Data Use.
Tap Use Less Data.
Now you’re using less data. Yay!
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