When it comes to our mobile devices, one of the main concerns people have is their use of data. While some plans offer unlimited data, many do not and therefore it is important to be mindful of just how much is being used.
There are many ways to use it, too. From games and streaming to maps and other things, data gets chewed up at a faster rate than we probably realize.
Google wants to help people trim down their data usage, having released an app called "Datally" last year. Millions of people have given it a shot, with the average user saving around 21 percent of their mobile data.
Here's how it works
Available only for Android, Datally helps people better understand, control and save their data. By limiting what certain apps were able to do as well as providing you with metrics and personalized recommendations and helping to find Wi-Fi, it has done a good job so far.
But there are four additional ways in which it really helps to save, which is not a bad thing. After all, the idea of saving even more data is one that anyone with a limited plan should be very interested in.
Let's take a look at them.
Google is offering this feature, which is extremely helpful for anyone who lets others borrow their phone. Guest Mode will let you set a specific amount of data that you are OK with another person using, helping to limit the amount of data damage someone else could cause you.
You know how much data is available to you each month, and therefore can set a budget. With Daily limit, you set a maximum amount that can be spent per day and then will receive warnings as you are close to surpassing it.
Along with that, you can also choose to block data for the rest of the day or, if you want, plow through your pre-set limit.
A big drain on our data is apps that often times are running in the background without our knowledge. Worse is that a good number of the apps that use our data are those that we don't open much at all.
This feature shows you apps that you are not using but are still taking up data. It will then let you, with just a single tap, uninstall any data-hogging app that you are no longer using.
The best way to avoid using data is to be on a wireless network, and Datally will show you all of them that are nearby. Now, that won't help you if the networks are password protected, but there are also plenty of them that are free and open to the public.
Hopping onto one of them will help keep your data usage down without you needing to sacrifice anything.
To download Datally, click here.
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