These days our smartphones are getting bigger and more HD, and so is the content we view on them. If you’re like millions of Americans worried about your data usage, here’s how to check how much data you’re using, how close you are to your limit, as well as how to set limit reminders.
The days of truly unlimited data plans are long gone, with a few still having grandfathered unlimited plans from some carriers. Most have switched to tiered data plans, and those offering “Unlimited Data” cap users speeds after a certain amount, usually around 2GB.
With Android there are a few different ways to get to the data usage settings menu, and with Android 5.0 Lollipop Google’s even introduced a new shortcut right in the notification pulldown bar. Below we’ll go over both of those and everything above, letting users be in control of their data usage, and monitor it as they go.
While carriers claim the data usage meter on our Android smartphones may slightly differ from actual usage from the carrier, the numbers are usually fairly accurate and safe enough to use in order to ensure you don’t go over your limit. Thankfully with Android checking your data usage is extremely easy, so here’s how to do it.
The easiest way is to simply pull down the notification bar slider from the top of the screen and tap the gear-shaped settings icon. This is in the top right on almost all Android devices, and will take you into device settings. From here, the top of the list has a few options and usually right at the top with WiFi and Bluetooth, is Data usage. This may be in the “connections” column on some Samsung devices.
Tap the data usage option in settings and you’re done. This is the area with a graph showing you your data usage, how much you’ve used since your last cycle (which can be set monthly) and it even breaks it down by app below the graph. It’s very convenient, and will also help you figure out which part of your usage habits is draining the most data if you’re experiencing overages and getting additional fee’s from your carrier.
From here all you need to do is set the dates, if it hasn’t done so for you already, and you’re all set. From here you can also slide the data usage limit reminder bar to whatever tier you’re carrier offers, or to fir your plan. If you have a 2GB plan, it’s a good idea to set this at 1.75GB or even less to get notified well ahead of any limits being reached. To prevent overages and additional fees. The graph can be seen below, just adjust the sliders.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google made this even easier. Swipe down with two fingers (or twice with one finger to access to quick settings) where you’ll see WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, the flashlight and other quick-toggle settings, and tap the icon that shows your connection service. This is the icon that show how many bars of service your device has, and will probably say AT&T or 4G LTE. One tap on this instantly gets you a quick-view of your data usage, as well as an additional button to tap more settings and instantly head right into your data usage settings menu.
As you can see above this is another extremely easy way to view, track, and set limits of your data usage. It’s a nice addition to Android 5.0 Lollipop, and one that many don’t know about. Long pressing any of the other icons will open to their specific settings menu as well, so give it a try.
That’s it, it is that easy to see your data usage on Android smartphones or tablets. Simple head into settings and it’s one of your first choices. This is a good way to track things, manage data, and see what apps use the most if you’re trying to cut back on your data usage.