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Unless you have an unlimited plan (which is expensive), using less data is a concern for many Android users. Most of the enjoyable tasks you do with your phone all suck up data and can cost you dearly if you’re not careful.
To this end, Google has just released a new Android app called Datally. It’s a user-friendly tool for controlling your data usage, and everyone on limited data plans can benefit from it.
Start by downloading the app from Google Play, then pop it open. Accept the terms of service, then you’ll have to give the app permission to several elements of your phone so it can work properly. Once that’s done, you’ll see Datally’s main screen:
This shows how much data you’ve used today so far, and gives you access to a few useful tools. Tap Set up Data Saver to start blocking apps. You’ll have to give the app permission to use a VPN so it can block properly. This will unfortunately prevent other VPNs you may use from working on your phone.
Tap the Manage data button to see how much data you’ve used today, in the current week, or over the past month. Scroll down, and you’ll see what apps have used the most data. You can tap the Lock icon next to an app to prevent it from using mobile data if it’s using too much. Turning on Data Saver will select some apps here for you, so use this menu to fine-tune it.
The Find Wi-Fi feature will locate nearby open Wi-Fi networks near you. This is useful if you need to use a large amount of data and don’t want to do so on your mobile connection. But don’t forget that connecting to public Wi-Fi is dangerous.
Finally, after you use the app for a while, you’ll see personalized highlights at the bottom of the main screen. The app will also show a bubble with your real-time data use, which you can tap to toggle control on the fly.
Most of these features are available elsewhere in Android. But this app makes it easy for anyone to manage their data, and does so in an aesthetically pleasant way. If this app isn’t enough for you, check out other Android apps that will help you save data.
Do you have trouble with using mobile data? What apps have you blocked from using data? Tell us if you find this app useful in the comments!
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