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On MacOS, is is possible to tell the OS that this is MiFi or shared internet from cell phone and the OS should "save" data as much as possible.

(like Android OS is capable of)

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Unlike on an iPhone or iPad, MacOS does not have an easy option for selecting Low Data Mode. However, there are 3rd party utilities that may be helpful.

See this older post for a bit more info - TripMode remains an option for setting Low Data Mode on MacOS.

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    Since macOS Ventura 13, launched October 24, 2022 it is available under Apple menu > System Settings > Wi-Fi in the sidebar or Menu Bar > Wi-Fi status icon > Wi-Fi Settings... . Then for the active connection at the top Details... > Low data mode
    – cachius
    Jun 13, 2023 at 7:04
  • Thanks @cachius. You can also select it for any of the Known Networks by clicking the three dots to open the menu, and choosing Network Settings... > Low data mode.
    – ADTC
    Apr 11 at 18:20

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