Simple ways to reduce your cellphone data usage

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 29: Front view of Vivo Y27L smartphone on January 29, 2016 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 29: Front view of Vivo Y27L smartphone on January 29, 2016 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images)

The FCC is getting a spike in complaints about high data fees from customers of wireless providers.

So why are so many getting data overage fees?

One big culprit is ‘vampire apps.’  They’re apps that run on your phone all the time and use data.

Tech website CNET looked at some of the most popular apps to find out what’s using up your data.

With Facebook and Twitter, the problem is videos that auto-play.  That feature can be changed in settings.

Similarly, Instagram uses up data by preloading videos and photos.

For Spotify users, constantly streaming music can be an issue, but you can download albums as a premium subscriber so that you can listen without a cellular connection.

CNET has detailed instructions on how to change the settings for each of those apps to cut down on the amount of data they use.