Optimize Apps for WiFi

Overview:

In order to help you reduce the amount of cell data you use, we've put together a list of step-by-step instructions from some of the most popular apps. Each tutorial will guide you on how to adjust your app's settings to automatically use less cell data. We hope this helps you become a more WiFi centric person. Let us know in the comments section (at the bottom of this document) if you'd like us to add your favorite app!

1.png This document is intended for Moto E (1st and 2nd Gen.), Moto G (1st and 3rd Gen.), and Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen.) users.

Streaming Tips

Spotify

You can download music for offline listening instead of streaming over a cell network.

Note: Downloading music to your phone will use your internal storage space.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
2.png 1. In the Spotify app, go to the music you'd like to download. You can download playlists, songs or albums.
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Tap the slider next to Available Offline.

Tip: Make sure you're on WiFi when downloading music.

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Each song associated with your playlist or album will begin to download.

Once each songs completes downloading, it will have a 5.png green arrow next to it. This means that it's available for offline listening.

YouTube

YouTube allows you to limit HD video streaming to only when you're on a WiFi connection.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
6.png 1. In the YouTube app, tap the 7.png icon in the top right corner of your screen. Then tap Settings.
8.png 2. Tap General.
9.png 3. Make sure the box next to Limit mobile data usage is checked (tap the box to check it).

Social/Surfing Tips

Facebook

In Facebook, you can set photo syncing to off and set videos to only autoplay over WiFi.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
10.jpg 1. In the Facebook app, tap the Facebook_Menu_Icon.png Menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.
11.jpg 2. Under HELP & SETTINGS, tap App Settings.
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Under General, tap Autoplay. Then tap On Wi-Fi Connections Only in the pop up box.

Under Photos, make sure Photo Syncing says Off (if it doesn't, tap it to turn it off).

Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, you can turn data saver mode on, which will reduce the amount of data that gets downloaded when you visit a webpage.

Note: An Incognito or secure webpage (https) is not affected by data saver and will full load. Additionally, turning this feature on may cause:

  • Some websites may not be able to determine your location.
  • Some images may look fuzzy.
  • Internal Intranets may not load.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
13.png 1. In the Chrome app, tap the Chrome_Menu_Icon.png Menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.
14.png 2. Tap Settings.
15.png 3. Under Advanced, tap Data Saver.
16.png 4. Tap the slider next to Off to turn Data Saver on.
17.png 5. Once turned on, Chrome will keep track of how much data it has saved in a one month period. Check back here to see how much you've saved!

Google Drive

The main setting for Google Drive is to make sure that documents sync only when you're on a WiFi network.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
18.png 1. In the Google Drive app, tap the 25.png Menu icon in the top left corner of your screen.
Google_Drive_2.png 2. Tap Settings.
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Under DATA USAGE, make sure the box next to Transfer files only over Wi-Fi is checked (tap the box to check it).

Google Play Store

The main setting change for the Google Play Store is to make sure that any auto-updating of apps is done on WiFi only.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
28.png 1. In the Google Play Store app, tap the 29.png Menu icon in the top left corner of your screen.
30.png 2. Tap Settings.
31.png 3. Under General, tap Auto-update apps.
32.png 4. Tap Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.

Google+

The main setting change for Google+ is to turn on conservation of data, which will display images in a lower quality and animated gifs will not autoplay.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
33.png 1. In the Google+ app, tap the 34.png Menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.
35.png 2. Tap Settings.
36.png 3. Under General Settings, make sure the box next to Conserve data usage is checked (tap the box to check it).

Instagram

In Instagram, you can choose the option to Use Less Data when on a cell network.

Note: Choosing this option may make photos and videos have a longer load time.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
37.png 1. In the Instagram app, tap the 38.png Profile icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
39.png 2. Tap the 40.png Menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.
41.png 3. Under Settings, tap Cellular Data Use.
42.png 4. Tap Use Less Data.

Snapchat

In Snapchat, you can turn travel mode on when you're not connected to WiFi. While in travel mode, Snaps, Stories and Discover won't load unless you tap on them.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
43.png 1. In the Snapchat app, tap the Snapchat_Ghost_Icon.png Ghost icon at the top of your screen.
44.png 2. Tap the 45.jpg Settings icon.
46.png 3. Under ADDITIONAL SERVICES, tap Manage.
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Tap the box next to Travel Mode.

While in travel mode, Snaps, Stories and Discover won't load unless you tap on them.

Twitter

In Twitter, you can set videos to autoplay over WiFi only.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
48.png 1. In the Twitter app, tap the 49.png Menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.
50.png 2. Tap Settings.
51.png 3. Tap General.
52.png 4. Tap Video autoplay.
53.png 5. Tap Use Wi-Fi only.

Travel Tips

Google Maps

Using Google Maps, you can save maps for offline use (when you're not on WiFi).

Note: Saved offline maps do not give you turn-by-turn directions, but you can zoom in and out.

To Save a Map

Before you begin, make sure you're connected to WiFi and signed into your Google account.

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
54.png 1. In the Google Maps app, tap Search Google Maps at the top of your screen.
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Enter and select the name of the area you want a map of (results will auto-populate as you type).

For example, Raleigh, NC.

56.png 3. Tap the white bar (labeled with the location name) at the bottom of your screen.
57.png 4. Tap the 58.png Menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.
59.png 5. Tap Download offline area.
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You can adjust the area you want to save by moving the map around with your finger. You can move it up, down, left or right. You can also zoom out or in by pinching or unpinching the screen with your thumb and index fingers.

Tip: If the area you want to save is too big, it will let you know in the blue box at the top of your screen. The largest area you can save is 50km X 50km.

Once you've adjusted to the area you want, tap Download.

Note: Saved offline maps do not give you turn-by-turn directions, but you can zoom in and out.

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Now you can enter a name for your map.

Once you've entered the name, tap Save. You'll then see a confirmation message that your map was saved.

To Access Saved Maps

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  Follow the step-by-step tutorial
62.png 1. In the Google Maps app, tap the Saved_Google_Maps_Menu_Icon.png Menu icon in the top left corner of your screen.
63.png 2. Tap Your places.
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Tap the name of the map you'd like to use.

Tip: You can view and manage all of your saved offline maps by tapping VIEW ALL AND MANAGE.

Note: Saved offline maps do not give you turn-by-turn directions, but you can zoom in and out.

Other Apps

Here

Here is a free app recommended by our members that allow you to download maps for offline use with turn-by-turn navigation capabilities. Download Here or read our members reviews for Here.

Other offline navigation apps can be found in the Google Play Store.

Wander

Wander can automatically disable mobile data while roaming, then re-enable it right when you need it.

Designed specifically for Republic Wireless users who wish to keep their roaming usage low, Wander is able to re-enable mobile data specifically when you are running:

  • Republic Wireless App (so you can change plans, etc.).
  • Phone app (required to place some outgoing calls).
  • Messaging (send/receive texts and pictures).
  • Chrome (get your web browsing on).
  • Google Maps (navigation when you need it).

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