How to Monitor, Reduce Your Data Usage on Android
March. 05, 2020
Increasingly sophisticated phones and data-hungry applications make it easier than ever to blow through your cellphone plan’s data cap…and incur nasty overage charges. Here are tips on how to save data.
How Check Your Data Usage
The easiest way to check past data usage is to log into the web portal of your cellular provider (or check your paper bills) and look at what your data usage is. You can also check your current month’s usage right from Android. Navigate to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage. You’ll see a screen with data usage details.
How to Keep Your Data Use in Check
1# See Which Apps Are Using Data: First, let’s investigate which apps are actually generating notable amounts of background data. Head back to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage to see your apps, in order of data usage. You can tap on individual applications to see a more detailed view.
2# Use Android Data Saver: Android has a much more granular way to take the reins on your mobile data with a new feature called Data Saver. Basically, this allows you to limit background data used by apps, but whitelist anything that want to have unrestricted access. This means background data is disabled for every app by default, then you can pick and choose where to grant unlimited access.