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Android: View and control data usage - here's how

Your mobile data volume determines how much you can surf on the go. Therefore, it is advisable to always keep an eye on your consumption. Fortunately, you don't even need an app to view your data usage on Android.

In Android, you can control your data usage at any time.

Today's tariff landscape is broad: many people get by with little data volume per month, while intensive users resort to LTE packages with 5 GB and more. Especially with smaller data volumes, it makes sense to keep an eye on your data usage so that you don't end up without any remaining volume at the end of the month.

How to find Android data usage information

To get all the data usage information, all you have to do in newer Android versions is follow these steps:
  1. Open the "Settings" of your smartphone.
  2. The correct menu now depends somewhat on your Android version and smartphone manufacturer. Find "Wireless & Networks", select "Data Usage".
  3. If you have the "Connections" menu instead, tap on "Data Usage".
You will now see a graph showing your data consumption within a certain period. You can change this period as desired and set individually. You can also set up a warning here, which informs you about dwindling data volume.Interesting for analysis purposes is also the listing, if you scroll down: There you can see which applications are responsible for data consumption and to what extent. Usual suspects for the top positions are the Facebook app, mobile browsers like Chrome, map services like Google Maps or messengers like WhatsApp. To better assess your data usage in the future, you should find out about the approximate consumption of popular apps such as Google Maps or Netflix.

By Stillman

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