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How to check data usage on iPhone

How to check data usage of Android & iPhone devices

Most of the prepaid users today opt for unlimited combo recharge plans for themselves. These combo unlimited plans are affordable and address to user’s collective need of talk time, mobile data, and SMS services. While these plans are economical in nature, they also provide a limited amount of mobile data.

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Some of these packs offer mobile data in bulk for the pack’s validity while others have a daily data limit. Be it any unlimited pack, if you heavily depend on mobile data for your day-to-day online needs, your data might get exhausted. Therefore, you need to know how to check data usage on iPhone and Android phone.

Today’s article is a guide on how to check data usage on iPhone and how to check data usage for your Android phone. Additionally, you can learn more about ways to set a data limit on your phone and how to limit your data usage.

So, let’s get started.

How to check data usage on iPhone?

Your iPhone may have the capacity to play 4K videos with the best display quality, but your mobile data might just get exhausted in the process. Therefore, you need to check mobile data usage for your phone regularly.

Follow the below steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • Now locate the Mobile data option from the list. You can also search for it using the search bar located at the top of the settings app.
  • Once you locate the mobile data option, tap on it.
  • In the new window, scroll down to check mobile data usage.
  • You will see a small header as mobile data. Observe the ‘Current Period’ option.
  • The Current Period shows the total data you have used over a month.
  • You can also see your current period roaming information here.
  • To check which apps consume most amount of data, you can check the data usage individually for all the apps in your phone. For example, you can see exactly how much MB or GB you have used up in your social media apps. The exact number is displayed right below the app’s name.
  • If you feel your mobile data is being used too much for a certain app, you can just toggle off mobile data for that particular app. Those apps will only run on a Wi-Fi

This is how you can check mobile data usage on an iPhone. Moving on to Android phones.

How to check mobile data usage for Android phones?

The process to check mobile data usage for Android phones is a little different from iPhones.

Here’s how to check mobile data usage for your Android phone:

  • Head to the Settings app on your smartphone.
  • Now find an option called Data or something similar. Every Android phone has a little different terminology.
  • Tap on connections and go to data usage.
  • Here, you can see the total mobile data usage. Additionally, the mobile data usage is bifurcated for various apps in your phone.
  • You can also find the option to set a data limit here.

The in-built feature for checking mobile data usage in phones is often monthly in nature. If you wish to keep a tab on your data usage on day-to-day basis, you can use the Airtel Thanks app.

Note: You can only check your Airtel prepaid and postpaid number’s mobile data usage on the Airtel Thanks app.

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How to check data usage in Airtel prepaid mobile?

Here are the steps to check mobile data usage for your Airtel prepaid number using the Airtel Thanks app:

  • Open the Airtel Thanks app.
  • Head to the Services tab located at the left top of the app screen. You will see services option only if you are using multiple Airtel services. If you are just an Airtel prepaid customer, you will see a tab with your data pack details.
  • In these tabs, you can find details about the active recharge pack, data used in the day, data left for the day or in totality, and validity of the pack.
  • If you have multiple recharges (unlimited and an extra data booster pack), tap on recharge button.
  • Scroll down to see data usage for each of the active packs.

It is that easy to check mobile data usage for your Airtel prepaid number in the Airtel Thanks app. You can also use the app to do a quick mobile recharge for your number.

How to set a data limit for Android and iPhone?

Head to the mobile data sections as mentioned above in your Android or iPhone. You will see an option to set a data limit for your phone. The data limit can either give you alerts when you are exceeding the limit or automatically switch off your mobile data to reduce your data consumption.

You can also switch off mobile data for certain apps from the same menu. In this case, these apps won’t run on mobile data and will need a Wi-Fi connection.

What are some ways to reduce data consumption?

Other than setting a data limit and restricting mobile data for a few apps, here are a few techniques you can use to reduce your data consumption:

  • Stream high quality videos or OTT platforms only on a Wi-Fi connection. 1 hour of Netflix streaming can use from 1 GB to 3 GB of your mobile data.
  • Even if streaming in low quality, do not stream videos for a long period of time.
  • Try to use the lighter version of applications. Stay away from data hungry apps and go for apps like Facebook Lite or Google Chrome’s Lite version.
  • Restrict mobile data consumption for unnecessary apps working in background and eating up your data.
  • Observe your data usage pattern and try to make changes from your end.
  • Change your settings in the App store or Google Play Store to ensure all the updates are completed only on a Wi-Fi connection and not mobile data.
  • Use mobile data only when outdoors. Stick to Wi-Fi when at home.

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These are a few ways which will help you in the long run to save your data and your time being spent on researching searching the best mobile recharge plans!

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