How to check your data usage on iOS 9 (iPhone 6s tutorial)

How to check your data usage on iOS 9 (iPhone 6s tutorial)
4G LTE and cellular data is great, but it’s a pleasure limited to a gigabyte (a few at best) of data that you can quickly go through by watching a few videos and streaming some music. 

And if your carrier has some inconvenient clauses, or if - God forbid - you’re in roaming and an app has decided to auto-update after you’re over your data limit, some hefty bills will follow.

This is a simple tutorial that will help you to keep tabs on your data usage, and avoid those overage charges.

With iOS 8 you can easily check out your data usage for a set period of time, and you can even limit use of data by a particular app. This level of control is nice, but how can you reach it? Take a look at our iOS data check tutorial that will work on all devices running on iOS 9 including the iPhone 6s, 6, 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, as well as iPad 2, iPad mini and later.

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Is it just me or is the iOS settings app really cluttered and difficult-to-use?

4. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Not just you, a lot of the settings are deep within the settings area requiring some sort of navigation. Even on my iPod Nano. To check data I just pull down the top bar and head to data use, going through a couple of settings or less depending on phone, or have the widget installed on my home screen.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah, the stock Android settings are much more easy-to-use IMO...

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I disagree as you have to go through all of the settings menu's. The shortcuts created with two finger swipe down eliminated all of the clutter through Android's settings.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

That's exactly how I feel trying to change settings on android. Not lying. On top of that most settings can be changed using siri.

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

0% intuitive, is not like you can set up a limit nor even a cycle when data starts over. This is the feature I LOVE THE MOST on my Android and the iPhone lacks. Victor H, can you do a small guide for checking data usage on Android? (And if you don't mind, remember to include restrict background data for each app)


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Amazing how everything with Apple is so backwatds; i'M surprised that one doesn't have to sync with iTunes first to check data usage! SiRi should be able to tell iPhone users how much data "they" use instead of saying, "I'm sorry, there seems to be no network connection; try again when you are connected. iCan play chopstix!"

5. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

SWEET! I wonder how long it will take before Android gets this feature. /s

7. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

LOL Sarcasm mode = iLegendary

10. BobBaumeister

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

A good tip, but not very handy. That's the reason why I am using the app DataRocket to monitor my data usage. It's a fancy Widget in the Notification Center. I just need to pull down the Notification Center to see how I am doing. There is also the option to receive alerts that warn you if you are going to exceed your allowance. And it does automatically reset it's statistics if you enter your billing cycle.

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