10 Tips to Reduce your Data Costs when Travelling

Updated: Jan 18, 2019

We’ve put together some useful tips that can help to keep your costs under control when travelling. Use a combination of them together to get some big savings.



Take you RoamingData device with you


Your portable Wi-Fi is a lifesaver as free hotel Wi-Fi isn't always available. Wi-Fi that is open to anyone also leaves your personal data open to hackers. RoamingData gives you secure internet anywhere in the world and it means you can easily manage your data costs. You can pre-buy data bundles to reduce costs further.


Download content before you leave


A little preparation can not only save you time, but also save you money. Before you travel download more than enough videos, music and eBooks so you don’t have to download anything while you are travelling. You can do this at home before you leave.


Change to Chrome


Switch your browser to Chrome and you can reduce your data use by up to 50% as the browser automatically reduces the page size. In order to reduce page size, you will need to enable this feature. To enable this visit: Settings > Bandwidth Management > Reduce data usage.


Google Maps Offline


This is the most underrated thing ever. Google Maps allows you to download maps for places all over the world, long before you travel. Simply open the Google Maps app on your phone, go to the menu bar and select “offline maps”. You can create your own custom maps to download and they will be saved automatically. When you go out and about you can view those maps without using any data.


Keep data roaming turned off

Keep data roaming switched off while you are travelling, only switch it on when you need to access the internet; if you leave it switched on you are likely to wish you hadn’t. You don’t need it on to connect to Wi-Fi. If you need to check any text messages switch it on for a few minutes and turn off again.


Use off line travel apps

There are loads of great travel apps out there that can be insanely useful for your travels – however, many of them are not available offline and therefore could cost you a fair bit therefore maybe not quite as worthwhile as they seem. Make sure all your travel apps are available offline.


Compress data

Apps like Onavo Extend compresses all the data you use and can give you much more usage for the data you consume.


Turn off updates

Smartphone apps are mostly set to update automatically when on Wi-Fi. Make sure you switch off auto updates otherwise they can update while you’re travelling and connected to your RoamingData device.


Close Apps


Close all apps on your phone whenever you’re done using them, including your search engine and maps. It’s good practice to help minimise costs.

iPhone: Press the home button twice to see a line-up of your open apps and swipe them up and out of the screen to close (this also saves battery life).

Android: Press the recent apps button (two overlapping rectangles to the left of the home button on the bottom left of the phone) then just close out of each app (press the “x” in the upper right) or press the “Close All” button at the bottom of the screen.


Switch off auto email sync


Change to manual sync with your email or update the settings to only show a small amount of the email. You can then choose the emails you really want to read.

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