How to monitor your mobile data use easily on iPhone


Apple's latest iPhones are all about speed: with the blazing fast Apple A9 chip loading up webpages is as quick as it gets, but this is a double-edged sword. Opening up more webpages, watching more videos and consuming more images results in using more mobile data and that could quickly end your monthly allowance.

While there is a way to check your data usage in iOS itselft, it's a bit tedious to go into settings every time you want to do it.

Instead, what you might want to do is to set up a widget in your today panel that you can quickly access and customize to show you just how much data you've consumed in a given period. 

There's a plethora of such widgets on the Apple App Store, but we'll show you just one that works great for us: Traffic Monitor. It's a dedicated free app that comes with a widget that shows you both the data you use on Wi-Fi and cellular, and allows you to know how to better organize your data usage. We walk you through the installation and show you how it all looks right below.

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6 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Cool! No need to worry now

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even though many people don't like carrier bloat, me being one of them; they all offer something on the device that helps you track your data very easily. I know because Apple doesn't allow any carrier bloat on their devices, they have to come up with a way to do similar things. But what I like about T-Mobile and Verizon as those are the only carriers I work with, they have a widget you can place on any home screen, and there is one right on the notification panel, that is automatically set the day your phone ships. That way when you get it, the data usage is accurate because on what the carriers server is pushing back to your device. What cools is, even if I reset my phone, it still pushes back my usage I already did so I am still right on track. I am also able to set my billing cycle on the device and I get a detailed graphic on how much I use per day or per cycle which came in handy with VZW because I could set my data olan to have more data available at the beginning of the cycle, and then lower it just before my billing period for the month is up, so I only pay for what I used. Apple should consider a way to get a push notification from the carrier for data usage vs just monitoring what you're doing every day.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

All that would have made a good argument, techie, if the same apps were not available on iOS - but they are, the choice in this manner is truly yours and not carriers whether to have it on your phone or not.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Fail. Still doesn't utomatically turn off data...gotta jailbreak for that simple money-saver.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What? For real, what's your point because I fail to see one.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The point is this is a half-assed solution to the data-overage problem on iOS; can't do the simple money-saving task of setting data limits up till today in stock iOS... - still gotta jailbreak to accomplish such simple thing, - or keep worrying about data while browsing online content, - or remain ignorant of your overages and watch the bill take off Probably option three is what Apple wants from it's users...

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