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The app TripMode (manufacturer website: tripmode.ch) is not necessarily my constant companion for many years, but I have known it for many years and every few years I have phases in which I like to use it.
But what does TripMode actually do? To briefly summarize the function of the Mac app (also available for Windows), I'll just let the developers' website have their say. I quickly translated the text using DeepL and hope the translation is halfway right:
Dramatically optimize your Mac's data usage by automatically blocking unwanted background updates. Stay in control with the new live monitor and data usage reports. Now with a redesigned user interface that's easier than ever. Reveal the domains your apps send your data to.
Basically monitored Tripmode i.e. the data traffic and see which app uses how much data volume.
The classic use case for TripMode is likely to be where you have connected your MacBook to the iPhone's personal hotspot so that you can use the Internet on your Mac.
If you have an unlimited LTE contract, everything is fine and nobody needs TripMode. But if you – like I currently have – only have 15 GB available per month, then you quickly reach the limit of the data volume, because the Mac thinks it can use Dropbox, Backblaze, iCloud or Apple Mail send huge amounts of data through the network.
With TripMode you can prevent this so that you only grant certain apps access to the network. For example, when I'm working on an article, all I need is my Firefox browser and maybe Mail, but nothing else. That's why I only allow these apps access via TripMode and, conversely, cut off internet access for all others.
I actually want TripMode for here Pick of the week of calendar week 1 in 2022 and go into less detail about the many functions of the app. However, there are two things that I find very useful:
I saved the best thing for the end, because if you think you have to shell out a lot of money for TripMode, you can sit back and relax. The reason? TripMode, like many other handy Mac helpers, is in that "SetApp" software subscription included.
I first wanted to buy the latest version of TripMode and then saw the reference to SetApp on the homepage. That encouraged me again to continue booking this app flat rate.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.