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Save mobile internet on laptop

When we connect our smartphones to our laptops or PCs, they suck up all our internet data. If you own a new laptop, you probably face this problem, and we wonder how we could save mobile internet on the laptop?

To save your mobile internet when connected to a laptop, you can change or disable the settings of automatic updates on your pc. Also, turn off Pc Sync, close background applications, and turn on live applications that use your mobile data. You can lower the setting to standard or SD if you use HD streaming.

Most of us get only 1-2Gb of mobile data daily, and if that too is consumed all by mistake, we regret that if what we have done. Let’s figure out why your laptop is consuming your internet data without your consent and how to troubleshoot this problem with some easy tips.

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Ways do you connect to your laptop?

There are two ways to connect your mobile phone to your laptop to use the internet.

USB Tethering

In this method, you need a USB cable to use the internet. Just search USB Tethering on your phone settings and on it to use your internet connection. With this method, you can use the internet at high speed, just like a wired internet connection. Also, you can share files and photos on your PC to mobile.

Portable Hotspot

Mostly all of us use this method of sharing internet connection with the phone to Pc. But in this, you can only use this for using the internet, not for sharing your files to your computer. When we use this method, we lose data because several setting in pc has been set over ” download when wifi is connected.

Why is your laptop consuming so much data?

A laptop can consume all of your data in a few minutes, depending on your internet speed or technology.

For example, if you use a 3G modem or phone, which hardly a few people use, you may see that data consumption is slow compared to a 4G LTE connection, 10-20 Times faster than 3G.

1. Automatic updates

turn off automatic updates

Automatics updates are the most significant reason you lose your mobile data when connected to a laptop.

Many people underestimate this thing. Also, when I got my new laptop, I didn’t have a fixed internet connection then, so I used to use my mobile hotspot.

2. Background applications

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On your pc, several background applications may be running that connect to the internet to get updates. In photoshop, the creative cloud uses the internet and loads many things in the background.

I use task manager to turn off background applications. You can also use the “services” option to stop background applications for a permanent solution.

3. Antivirus updates.

I use a quick heal antivirus, and several updates occur daily whenever I connect it with the internet. This may be a reason why you’re doing your mobile data.

But only 10-20 Mb of data is used by my antivirus daily, not more than that. I don’t know about another antivirus, but they also don’t use that much internet as per my analysis.

When you uninstall or reset your PC and install the antivirus, the problem occurs. To update it may take several Mb’s of data.

4. Youtube Videos

I like watching videos on youtube but doing this costs a lot of data. If you watch videos on youtube of high quality, it will take you more data.

Here’s some data on how much internet data is consumed when you watch a youtube video per hour.

The higher the frame rate, the more you will lose data.

Video QualityData consumed/Per/HourFrame Per Second
240p225MB24-25 FPS
360p320MB25FPS
480p560MB25FPS
720p (HD)1.1GB30FPS
720P (HD)1.8GB60FPS
1080p (FHD)2.2GB30FPS
1080p (FHD)3.1GB30FPS
1440p (2K)4.2GB30FPS
1440p (2K)6.3GB60FPS
2160p (4K)10.2GB30FPS
2160p (4K)15.9GB60FPS
Data Consumption Chart Per/hour of watching youtube videos

5. Live Tiles

Most pc users use windows as their operating system, and in that, you may have seen the live tiles. This mainly occurs when using windows 8, 8.1, or Windows 10.

The tiles may be consuming your internet data for no reason. You can see the tiles by clicking on the windows icon on your pc.

Tips to save mobile internet when connected to a laptop.

I have told you about the factors that may cause you to lose your mobile data. Let’s check out how you can save your mobile data when connected to your laptop.

1. Turn Off Updates.

Turning off the automatic updates will save a lot of your internet. Many of us forget to turn it off because we frequently use permanent Wi-Fi or a broadband connection. But when your wifi is not working, or you have issues with your fixed internet when using mobile data.

For Windows Users

Click on the windows search option > type update in the search bar > Click on the Check for updates > Click on Advance option > Off all the updates.

For mac users

Open system Preferences > Click Logo of apple > Disable the Automatic Updates.

2. Turn Off Background Applications

Several applications running in the background can drain your mobile data. Applications that require internet connectivity should be closed before you use a hotspot.

You can also change the setting of applications and disable them on the startup of your computers.

Also, when you use the internet from your phone, try not to open one or more two applications on your PC because you don’t know whether your app needs an update.

3. Limit your connected users

There may be one or more users connected to your internet connection. It’s better to limit this by going to your hotspot setting and limiting it to 1 user. Also, you can change your hotspot password frequently or once a month so that the previously connected users cannot connect.

4. Set your data limit

You have to find the one-time data limit option, and in there, the default option is given to set the data limit consumption over a portable hotspot is 200 Mb.

Using this setting, you can set the data consumption, and once you have reached your limit, the internet connection will be closed. But don’t worry, you can have internet access by switching it off.

5. Watch videos on low quality

Just use 360p quality to watch videos on youtube to save your mobile internet data. I don’t know if you may have observed or not, but the video with a lot of motion will consume more data.

You can observe this when going to youtube and watching a music video on 480p and now watching a whiteboard animation video with the same quality of the same duration.

You will find that the music video will consume more data because of the images produced. Whereas in the whiteboard animation video, you will see fewer data used.

Is using mobile data suitable for your Pc?

I cannot say clearly whether you should use mobile internet data with your pc or not. If you don’t have a fixed internet connection, there’s no other option left but to use your mobile phone.

Getting a fixed internet connection may need some money, and due to that, most people don’t get it unless their family members or friends agree to use it or share it.

And getting mobile internet is cheap; however, the plans are pretty expensive if you calculate it per/GB.

So if you want to use it for browsing and simple studying purposes, you can do it. But this is not meant for downloading huge file types.

Remember, when using your mobile data, always use a password-protected connection. If you do so, you will be on the safer side, and people around you will not be able to steal your internet.

What should you do in the end?

Now you know about the things and tips on saving mobile internet when connected to a laptop. But if you often use the internet a lot, then time to get a Wi-Fi or line-based connection.

You can talk to your friends about this or search for it on the net to get an internet connection. In this way, you save some bucks.

FAQ about saving mobile internet on laptop

How much data does a laptop consume in 1 hour?

During normal browsing, usage laptop uses 300 Mb – 500 Mb of internet data per hour.

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Manish Pandey

Hi, I am Manish Pandey, this blog's author and content writer. I primarily focus on content related to Digital Marketing, Blogging, and SEO. I have been in the blogging field since 2017 and have over 5+ years of experience. Hope I will try to put some helpful content for you.

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