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Tethering data usage high
February 1, 2021
9:05 am
Carla Hall
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We have Verizon “unlimited” data, but after 8 days on the road, we had used 15Gb hotspot data (for our laptops) and learned our speed would be reduced.  Campground wifi is horribly inadequate,  and the Galaxy s10 screen just isn’t as comfy to use as the laptop.  Can we stop video ads from playing on Chrome browser screens?  We don’t play many videos so not really sure why reading email, browsing, trip planning, take so much data.  Any help will be appreciated. 

February 3, 2021
7:23 pm
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hmmm – if 2 of you spend much time on your computers, I could see it reasonably using 15GB in 8 days. But, it is normally watching videos on your computer that eats thru the data. See this article about using your unlimited data connection to watch movies on your TV. I don’t see any setting to turn off video ads, if it’s available, it’s hidden. 

How about updates and synchronizing from your computers to the cloud? Turn off OneDrive, Dropbox, Drive etc.? Another really good thing to do is to tell windows that the hotspot is a “metered” connection. Then it will automatically stop doing updates etc. Find that setting in your Wi-Fi networks – select the hotspot network, choose properties, then Set as metered.

Hope that helps. Let me know.

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