How to Track Your Data Usage on Android

Android data usage hero image

As smartphones have become more popular, data plans have become more restrictive. Many people need to keep a close eye on data usage to avoid surprise bills. We’ll show you how to do this with Android’s built-in tools.

All Android devices have a basic set of tools to monitor data usage. Many devices also allow you to set warnings and usage limits to prevent you from using too much data. Setting up these tools can help you stay on top of your usage and avoid costly fees.

On your Android phone or tablet, swipe up from the top of the screen once or twice, then tap the “Gear” icon to open the “Settings” menu.

Android settings shortcut

The location of the “Data Usage” settings vary by device, although the tools are mostly the same. On Samsung Galaxy phones, you go to Connections> Data usage> Mobile data. For this guide, we are using a Google Pixel phone.

Select “Network & Internet” at the top of the “Settings” menu.

Android network and internet settings

Tap “Mobile network”.

Android mobile network data usage

At the top of the screen, you’ll see how much data you’ve used this month. To see which apps are using the most data, tap “App data usage”.

tap on data usage in mobile network settings

You’ll see a chart and a list of apps categorized by data usage. To prevent an app from using mobile data, tap it.

select an application from the list of mobile data usage

Turn off the “Background data” switch. This will prevent the app from using mobile data when it is in the background. It will still use mobile data if you open the app.

disable background data usage

The next thing we can do is configure a warning and a data limit. Return to the overview page with your data usage at the top of the screen. Tap “Warning and data limit”.

set a warning and limit on data usage

First, turn on the switch to “Set Data Warning”.

enable data usage warning

Then select “Data Warning” and enter a number for your data usage warning. When you reach this number, you will receive a warning notification regarding your usage. Press “Set” when you’re done.

enter a number for the data usage warning

Finally, if you want your phone to completely shut down data usage when you reach a limit, turn on the switch to “Set data limit”. A message will explain that mobile data will be turned off when you reach the limit.

activate data limit

Press “Data Limit,” then enter a number for your data to cut. Press “Set” when you’re done.

enter a number for the data limit

This is what you can do with the built-in data usage tools on most Android devices. If that is not enough or if your device does not have these tools, we recommend a free application called “GlassWire. “

glasswire for android

GlassWire is well designed and has the same tools as mentioned above. Unlike the built-in tools on Android phones and tablets, GlassWire can also show you Wi-Fi usage. It’s a great app if you need to closely monitor data usage.

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