How to Conserve Data Usage on Your iPad

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Conserving data usage on the Apple iPad is a smart way to stay within your data plan's monthly bandwidth allowance. You can conserve data on the tablet computer in a number of ways, such as downloading offline reading apps, turning off the 3G network and being smart when you watch streaming videos. Apply a few of these practical measures and you will begin to drastically reduce your iPad data usage.

  • Download one of the many offline reader apps for the iPad. Popular titles in this category include Offline Pages, Instapaper, Offline Reader and Read It Later. Offline Pages and Instapaper are sold for $4.99 in the App Store as of May 2011. After you have installed one of these apps, you can save your favorite Web pages on your iPad for reading while on the go without using your 3G data plan.

  • Install iPad apps only over a Wi-Fi connection. Some apps are large and will quickly eat into your 3G data usage. It is smart to download apps from your home, office or using a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • Watch streaming video over Wi-Fi. Although you might be tempted to watch movies and TV shows while riding on the bus or train, apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Vevo HD consume enormous amounts of data. If you must watch video on your iPad while traveling, load up your favorite videos before you start your commute.

  • Turn off the cellular network completely. This is a bold step to stop 3G data entirely. You can use this method when you are very close to exceeding your data plan. To turn off the network, go the "Settings" app and tap "Cellular Data." On the right panel, tap and drag the "Cellular Data" slider to "Off." This prevents applications from retrieving data in the background.

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