Data. It doesn’t matter whether you distribute the phones to employees or use a BYOD approach. Data can kill you.
Data-eaters like video and music somehow creep onto devices and creep onto your bill. While we all know that devices for professional use provided by an employer have their parameters, BYOD presents data usage challenges which may not be as simple to manage.
Unless, of course, you’ve built those good fences that make good neighbors.
In the interest of supporting those of you reading who are eager to put in place viable policies and procedures, we’re offering our best tips to limit data usage for iPhone and Android.
Use the wi-fi. Raise the Alarm.
You need to know that wi-fi is your friend. Writing guidelines into your policies and procedures with respect to company and BYOD devices encouraging the use of wi-fi is a great strategy in this respect, as it greatly reduces costs associated.
Another tool in your toolbox is notifying your users when they’re getting to a benchmark for data usage. For this tip, it’s important that you maintain real-time insight on high consumers of data from month to month. Notifications direct to the users’ phone is an effective way to send the right message.
Letting employees know that this control is in place should be written into your company policy about data usage, to prevent pleas of ignorance when the subject is raised.
Some Apple apps send automatic notifications to advise users of new data. Push notifications (usually for social media platforms or instant message) hog data. But these can be turned off by going to settings and then, notifications.
You can turn cellular data off by going to settings, then cellular. Select the applications you want to turn off and take control of data usage by prioritizing what matters to you.
Another tip for iPhone is that turning off background application refresh will save even more data. Go to settings and then, general and select the applications you want BAF turned off for. This change will also extend the life of battery between charges.
Something important to know about Android devices is that some applications continue to eat data, even when your device isn’t in use. There’s just no need for that!
Fix the problem by going to settings, then data usage, then mobile data usage. Here, you’ll find out how much data each of your respective apps is eating. From there, you take control by making the necessary adjustments.
All the foregoing information should be compiled and given to incoming employees as key resources. When you’ve got your ducks in a row, it’s less likely they’re going to run amok, gobbling up vast quantities of data as they go.
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