How to monitor your data usage on your Android phone or tablet

Some carriers are more generous with data than others. Whether you’re a prepaid user or a prepaid one, you’ll find that most unlimited plans has usage thresholds. If you don’t care, you could see your service strained by the end of the month, or even get a big bill that you still have a plan with a hard data limit. Android data monitoring feature can help you avoid slow speeds and large bills. With Android’s data modes, you set a data limit for your monthly cycle and enable data saving mode to apply to reduce background usage. Here’s everything you need to know about data usage and data saving modes in Android.

Check usage data on most Android devices

If you’re using a Pixel phone or a stock Android device (Nokia, Motorola, etc.), follow the steps below and check data usage.

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  1. Swipe up from the home screen and open the app box menu. Find and open the Settings app (the one with the tool icon).
  2. Go to Network and internet menu.
  3. Choose SIMs.
  4. Knock on Usage of application data from the next menu.
  5. You can control the set cycle, total data consumption in that period, and usage data of installed programs.

Check usage data on Samsung phones and tablets

As expected, the steps to check data usage are different on all Galaxy phones because Samsung uses a completely different Android skin (One UI).

  1. Swipe up from the home screen and open the app drawer. Open the Settings app.
  2. Knock on Communications.
  3. Choose Data usage.
  4. Knock on Use of portable data.
  5. You will see a familiar graph of data usage with all the relevant details such as billing cycle, data usage limit, data usage limit warning, and consumption of installed applications on the phone.


You can control the Wi-Fi data usage of the same Data usage menu.

How to use Data Saver mode on most Android phones

If you run out of mobile data, you can enable data saving mode and reduce data usage by preventing applications from using data in the background.

  1. Open up Network and internet menu on your Android phone (refer to the steps above).
  2. Knock on Data saver.
  3. Enable Use a Data Saver scales.

You can also enable Data Save mode from the quick toggle menu. Swipe down from the top and open the notification center. Swipe down again and open the quick toggle menu. Swipe left to check for more options and click Data saver.

While the data saving mode is useful for reducing cell usage, you should not keep it enabled for essential programs like WhatsApp and Gmail.

  1. Knock on Unlimited data the la Data saver menu.
  2. Enable toggle for the relevant apps from the following menu.

These programs will continue to consume data in the background and will work normally.

How to use Data Saver on Samsung phones and tablets

Samsung not only offers data saving mode but also packs an ultra data saving feature to cut down on data usage.

  1. Open Settings and go to the Communications menu (check the steps above).
  2. Choose Data usage.
  3. Knock on Data saver.
  4. Enable data saver turn on and add exceptions to allow applications to use data while data saving is active.
  5. Go back to the Data usage menu and scroll down to Ultra data saving mode.
  6. Enable Ultra-saving data mode and the system will start compressing images, videos, and received data.

The feature will completely block background data for all programs and compress data with the Samsung Max service. You can set an ultra-saving data mode from the data compression menu and add up to six apps that can use mobile data while running in the background.

How to control your data usage from the Android home screen

Google and Samsung do not offer any way to control data usage on the home screen. Thanks to a third-party application called My Data Manager, you can set up data usage widget on the home screen and pay attention to your usage without navigating to the Settings menu.

Download the My Data Manager app on your phone via the link below, and open the app to set data limits for cellular data and Wi-Fi. Put the app on the home screen, and you’re good to go.

Pay close attention to data usage

With millions of apps and games from the Google Play Store and dozens streaming services at our fingertips, it’s pretty easy to run out on our phones. Using the steps above, you can control the usage of data and prevent applications from consuming data in the background.

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