How much data is being spent on your Android smartphone, how to monitor and control it

Data Limit Set: Telecom service providers like – Airtel, Jio and Vi – offer many ‘Unlimited Data’ plans. These telecom companies offer prepaid recharge plans to the customers to spend large amounts of data daily. These data services are also available for postpaid customers. However, these plans usually have a daily limit and after that the internet speed drops drastically under the Fair Usage Policy (FUP) of the service provider. Accessing internet on such a slow speed smartphone can leave users disappointed, however there are some ways to monitor and control data usage on an Android smartphone. Follow the steps mentioned here to set the data usage limit and use the data saving mode.

  • First of all open Settings on your phone.
  • Now Connections/Network & Go to internet option. This name may be different for different phones.
  • Tap on Data usage now.
  • Now tap on Billing cycle and data warning.
  • Now Toggle (on) the set data warning switch. 
  • Set data usage limit after which your device will notify you. 
  • To set data limit Toggle the switch.
  • Set a data limit after which your mobile data will be turned off.

Android smartphones running Android 8.0 or above come with data saver mode. This mode starts working when you are not on Wi-Fi and ensures that apps and services that are not actively used will not be able to stream data in the background. Turning on the data saver mode can slow things down a bit, however, it can come in handy if you’re worried about exceeding your data limit.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Next to Connections.
  • Tap on data usage now.
  • Tap on data saver now .
  • Now toggle the switch coming from the menu.

Android users can also check the data usage of the current billing cycle on their device. Data used by each app is shown here and total data usage can be viewed here.

  • To check data usage, first go to Settings.
  • Then go to Connections. 
  • Now select Data Usage.
  • Tap on Mobile data now.

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