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.

Data Saver

Use Data Saver to reduce mobile data by restricting background data usage of selected apps. You can also set Data Saver to ignore those apps you want to always have access to data—such as your email app.

  1. Tap home key > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More > Data usage.
  3. Tap Data saver and then tap the switch to turn it on.
  4. Tap Unrestricted data access, and then select those apps that you want ignored by Data Saver.
  • The apps you select will not have their data usage restricted.

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 > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More > Data usage.
  • At the top you'll see a bar that displays the data usage to date, and the data usage cycle, alert, and limit.
  1. Tap Mobile data usage and then tap settings icon.
  2. Tap Reset data usage, set the day of the month when your usage cycle resets, and then tap Set. This date is usually the start of your monthly billing cycle.
  3. Tap Set data warning to enable, and then tap Data warning.
  4. Enter the amount of data usage at which you'll be alerted before you reach your monthly data limit and tap Set. Tap dropdown icon to select between gigabytes and megabytes of data.
  5. Enable Set data limit to automatically disable your data connection when you reach the set limit.
  6. Tap Data limit and enter the set data usage at which your data connection will automatically be disabled.

View the Data Usage of Apps

  1. Tap home key > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More > Data usage.
  3. Tap Mobile data usage.
  4. Drag the lines left and right to display the usage at a specific duration within your usage cycle.
  5. Scroll down the screen to see a list of apps and their data usage info.
  6. Tap an app to see more details.