Manage Your Data Usage

If you’re on a limited data allowance, it’s important to keep track of the activities and apps that usually send and receive data, such as browsing the Web, syncing online accounts, and sending email or sharing status updates.

Here are some other examples:

  • Streaming Web videos and music
  • Tuning in to Internet radio
  • Playing online games
  • Downloading apps, maps, and files
  • Refreshing apps to update info and feeds
  • Uploading and backing up your files to your online storage account
  • Using your phone as a Mobile Hotspot
  • Sharing your mobile data connection by USB tethering

To help you save on data usage, connect to a Wi-Fi network whenever possible and set your online accounts and emails to sync less frequently.

Keep Track of Your Data Usage

Note: Data usage measured by your phone may differ from, and be less than, your actual data usage.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More > Data usage.
  3. On the Mobile tab, select Limit mobile data usage to automatically disable your data connection when you reach the set limit. Then, drag the upper Limit line to set your monthly data limit.
  4. Select Alert me about data usage, and then drag the lower Alert line to set an alert before you reach your monthly data limit.
  5. Tap Reset data usage, and then set the day of the month when your usage cycle resets. This date is usually the start of your monthly billing cycle.
  6. Drag the vertical line markers to see how much data you’ve used during a particular time interval.

Note: If you’re connecting your phone to another portable Wi-Fi hotspot, tap data options icon > Mobile hotspots to restrict background data from downloading that may incur extra data connection.

View the Data Usage of Apps

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > settings app iconSettings.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More > Data usage.
  3. On the Mobile tab, drag the vertical line markers to see how much data you’ve used during a particular time interval.
  4. Scroll down the screen to see a list of apps and their data usage info.
  5. Tap an app to see more details.