How to Check Data Usage on Android

Posted January 27, 2018 by Leomar Umpad in Android, Apps

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Manage the data usage on Android and save on your data expenses. Visibility is the mother of control. What you do not know, you have no control over. If you are not on an unlimited data plan, making sure that you are within your allowed data usage allows you to have control over your data usage. Learn how to check data usage on Android through this article.


Before Proceeding: Please take note that the screenshots in this article were taken from a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The steps in the next sections are also for the said device. Most Samsung Galaxy devices should have almost, if not the same, steps. Other Android devices may differ a bit with the screenshots and steps, but overall, the general steps should be similar.

How to Check Cellular Data Usage on Android

To check how much data you are using within a certain period, do these:

1.Go to your Home screen and open your Settings app.Android Home Settings
2.From the Settings menu, access your Connections settings.Android Settings Connections
3.From the Connection Settings, tap on the Data Usage option.Android Settings Connections Data Usage
4.Your phone’s mobile data usage is displayed. Graphs and figures inform you of your mobile data usage for the current period.Android Settings Connections Data Usage Screen
5.Tap on the Mobile Data Usage option to view details of your cellular data usage.Android Settings Connections Data Usage Screen Mobile Data Usage
6.The details show your mobile data usage in graphs and numbers. The page also shows what apps use your mobile data the most.Android Settings Connections Data Usage Screen Mobile Data Usage Screen

How to Check Wi-Fi Data Usage on Android

To check your Wi-Fi data consumption, follow these procedures:

1.Go to your Home screen and open your Settings app.Android Home Settings
2.From the Settings menu, access your Connections settings.Android Settings Connections
3.From the Connection Settings, tap on the Data Usage option.Android Settings Connections Data Usage
4.Your phone’s mobile data usage is displayed. Graphs and figures inform you of your mobile data usage for the current period.Android Settings Connections Data Usage Screen
5.Tap on the Wi-Fi Data Usage option to view details of your Wi-Fi data usage.Android Settings Connections Wifi Data Usage
6.The details show your mobile data usage in graphs and numbers. The page also shows what apps use your Wi-Fi data the most.Android Settings Connections Wifi Data Usage Screen

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the data displayed on my phone accurate? Why does my billings for cellular consumption from my telco provider show a different number? A: The feature merely gives you an idea on how much your data you’ve been using for a certain period. The numbers will not usually be the same as that of your network provider’s numbers due to the difference in cut-off dates. Also, there are a lot of factors that need to be checked and considered. However, the figure shown on your phone should give you a good estimate. If the difference is too high, you can check with your carrier’s customer support.

Q: As of yesterday, I have used up 10GB of data. Today, when I checked my phone, the consumption has gone down to 100MB. Is there something wrong?
A: Data consumption is computed per cut-off and resets back to zero on the day 1 of the next period. You may be on another period on the day that you checked your consumption again. Also, resetting your phone will reset your data usage numbers.

Q: I did a reset on my phone. Now, my consumption for the period has reset to zero. What can I do to get that data back?

A: You cannot recover data consumption numbers after a reset. Your only option left is to call your network’s customer support and ask for their figures then do a┬ámanual addition of numbers based on your new data usage until you move to the new period.

You just learned how to check data usage on Android. We hope that this article has helped in managing your data and saving on your data expenses. If you have a question about any of the steps above, let us know in the comments.

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About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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