I’ve definitely had those moments when I’m in the store and want to buy something, so I pull my phone out to check if it’s available online for less money.
A lot of stores offer public Wi-Fi, so you can either connect to the internet or use your phone’s data. There are times when you should use Wi-Fi instead of cellular data, and I’m here to highlight a few of these situations.
When You’re Streaming or on a Video Call
Videos are large files, and streaming them can be a sluggish process when trying to do it with cellular data. It’ll work but that hot Netflix show you’re enjoying will suck up your data and can be hit-and-miss depending on your location. There are ways to increase your phone’s data speed, but when you’re watching a video, I recommend using Wi-Fi when it’s available.
Wi-Fi is also a better option when you’re on a video call with someone. You may find that a stable internet connection over cellular data reduces buffering and keeps your call going smoothly.
When You’re in a Secure Area
Many people argue that you should always use Wi-Fi instead of cellular data when the option is available. I’d say this is true for secure areas like your home or if your workplace has an employee Wi-Fi connection.
One of the potential risks of using Wi-Fi over cellular data in unsecured areas is a breach of data from those around you. I recommend installing a VPN or similar service if you use Wi-Fi in unsecured, public places. A good piece of advice is to avoid accessing any financial or personal accounts on public Wi-Fi without protection.
When You Have Limited Data
I used to have a limited data plan, and I can confirm it’s never a good time when you need to check or access something on your phone but don’t want to use up your data. Using Wi-Fi is typically the better option if you’re operating on a limited plan.
No matter your plan or situation, Wi-Fi is typically a good choice when it’s available. However, it’s important to know what to avoid checking when using a public Wi-Fi spot for the sake of yourself and your personal information.
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A passion for writing and ongoing research projects gives Catherine an incredibly broad knowledge of all things. She has authored an incredible number of articles and can be found in the wilderness when not attached to technology or listening to podcasts.