3 Ways To Monitor And Control Your Data Usage
Although many data plans these days are advertised as “unlimited” most actually have a cut-off point when your data stream is going to slow radically. If you don’t want to pay the premium prices that “unlimited” plans demand, then it’s even more important that you avoid going beyond your maximum data allowance, or there will be high penalties to pay. Either way, it’s smart to monitor and control your data flow not only to make sure you don’t pass your limits, but also to find out if you need to reorder your current data plan.
It’s not hard to do this using tools baked into current versions of modern mobile applications or third-party apps. Here are a few strategies that you can try. The interface of your phone many vary somewhat, depending on the manufacturer, model, and OS version.
However here are the 3 common Ways you can monitor and Control Your Data usage;
1. Set a Data Limit.
You can have your phone issue a warning if you’re nearing your data limit before the end of your monthly billing plan. You can even set a limit beyond which your phone won’t use any data. Here is how you can set a data limit; Go to Settings, Go to Network & internet, Data usage, Data warning & limit” Tap on “App data usage cycle.” This will let you set the day that your account starts its monthly cycle. Back up and toggle “Set data warning” on. You can then enter the data limit that you want for your phone or device.
On the same page, you can toggle “Set data limit” on. This will turn off your mobile data completely when it hits whatever limit you set.
2. Use Data Saver Mode.
If you have Android 8.0 or later, your phone should come equipped with Data Saver mode, which kicks in when you’re not on Wi-Fi and ensures that apps and services that are not being actively used won’t be able to stream data in the background. It’s very easy to turn Data Saver mode on and off. Here is how you can set a data saver mode; Go to Settings, Go to “Network & internet, Data usage, Select “Data Saver.” Toggle “Use Data Saver” on.
There may be specific apps that you want to allow to use background data, even when Data Saver mode is on. For example, you may want to get notifications no matter where you are. Go to the “Data Saver” page, Tap on “Unrestricted data”, Scroll down to any apps that you want to enable for background data use even when Data Saver mode is on. Toggle them on.
3. Use a Data Management Application.
Finally, While Data Saver can help you manage which apps are allowed to work in the background, you may want more detailed control of your data. In that case one of several available data management apps can help.
Most data management applications will not only automatically prevent apps from working in the background, but they will also allow you to set a daily data limit and a bedtime mode, create an emergency bank of data (in case you run low toward the end of the month), and monitor hot spot usage (which, as I know to my regret, can destroy a month’s data allowance in short order).
They will also tracks data usage across single and multiple devices, arranges for alerts, check data usage across a family plan (so that you’ll know who used 75 percent of that month’s data allowance), and tracks consumption so you can figure out whether you should switch to a different plan.
The advantage of all these apps is that you can treat them as set-and-forget tools, allowing them to do their thing in the background, or you can continually tweak them to fit your needs as you go.
Let me know if this was helpful.
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