Use This Easy Method to Avoid Data Overages on Android

Ben Stegner 21-04-2016

Mobile data is always a concern for Android and iPhone users. Phone service isn’t cheap, and with HD video and so much more always available to stream in your pocket, it’s easy to go way over your data limit.


Android apps that help you use less data when browsing the Web 4 Ways to Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage with Android Apps You can reduce your mobile data usage without doing anything differently on your Android device -- just use these apps! Read More  can help, but there are more ways to make sure you don’t ever cross the threshold into extra charges.

To make your Android phone warn you when you approach your data limit, head to Settings > Data usage. Here you’ll see your current data usage in a graph — see the line that has a number next to it? Drag that wherever you’d like to set a monthly warning — 75% of your total is probably a good number.

To make sure this is being measured correctly, check that your billing cycle is accurate right above the graph. Tap the dropdown box and choose Change cycle… to define your start and end dates. Note that your phone’s measuring is not official and may differ from your carrier’s records.

This tool is great for giving you an estimate, but do plan for some wiggle room just in case.

If you’d like, you can also enable the Set cellular data limit option here and define a threshold at which your phone will block all data connections. This is a great safety net, but it does mean you won’t be able to use any data in the background, so be careful when setting it.


Remember that you can play games that don’t require a connection 11 Fun Mobile Games When You Have No Internet or Data Here are the best mobile games that don't need an internet connection, allowing you to save your mobile data. Read More if you have to go a few days without data at the end of the month! Check out how you can block any app from using your data How to Prevent Any App From Using Mobile Data on Android If your apps use too much mobile data, try restricting background data on Android. Here's how to turn off data and save money. Read More if you need to keep an eye on just a few.

Do you use these data warning and blocking features? Share your tips for managing data usage below!

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  1. Shikhanshu
    April 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    You can also turn on Chrome data savings (compression). It does help quite a bit.

    As for Bob stating the obvious, sometimes you might be on a long bus ride home and you really want to watch a couple of youtube vidoes to kill the time.

  2. Bob
    April 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Stating the obvious...don't stream music and video unless you're connected to wifi.

  3. ben
    April 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Plus - get an ad blocker - Ads, especially stealth and scam ads will eat a lot of your bandwidth. Yes, I do know that many web sited rely on ad revenue to stay in business. But until we take a stand against bad advertising they will keep stealing bandwidth while steering you to scam sites and infecting you with malware. This is definitely not the fault of the site, but the fault of the ad providers not doing enough to keep those badvertising ads out. The ad companies are killing the goose that lays golden eggs by not taking action against these kind of ads.

    What finally convinced me was an Uber ad that popped up over a google map - with no way to clear the ad except to go to the uber site where they insisted I needed to call an Uber ride to go 3 blocks. This ad effectively made the navigation on my phone useless. I had to actually stop and ask someone how to get where I wanted to go. That convinced me I want absolutely nothing to do with Uber as any company that stoops that low is not going to get my business even if I have to pay someone else more. Uber is now blocked along with any other intrusive ads.