Tip of the Day: Save Data by Turning Off Web Page Preloading

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One useful feature of Safari since iOS 7 is faster loading of web pages, thanks to the preloading feature. When you do a search in Safari, it preloads the top search result in the background so that if you do indeed select that result, the page will appear almost instantly. What this means, though, is that if that's not the web page you want, you've already used up some of your data to preload it. This is fine if you're on Wi-Fi or an unlimited data plan, but perhaps not a good idea if you're trying to keep down your data usage. Fortunately, you can turn off this feature, thereby avoiding data usage for web pages that you may not want to access.

To turn off this preloading of web pages, go to Settings > Safari > Preload Top Hit and turn it off.

Now you'll only be using data if you choose to actually view a web page.

 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.