How to limit data usage on Android Phones/Tablets to avoid overages


I surf a lot on my Samsung Galaxy S2. I check internet data usage every couple of days to see if I am reaching data limit. If you have unlimited data plan, it is a different story though. As carriers are trying to remove unlimited data plans, avoiding overages becomes a must these days. Current rates for extra data usage of 1GB is about $10 on AT&T.

Limiting 3g/4g/2g Data Usage on Android version 2.3 or less

Thanks to Android Market, Apps are available to monitor data usage & notify you as soon as you reach predefined limits.

-Monitor data usage. Check what app is using more data. Notifies when the defined cap is reached.
-Supports hundreds of cellphone carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Tmobile, Sprint, Vodafone, O2 etc
-You can set data cap limit, billing cycle dates, cost.
-You can specify some of your apps to use WiFi only.

image credit:Google Play

3G Watchdog
-Limits data usage for 4G/3G/Edge/GPRS
-3g watchdogpro is available for $2.99 to include billing rules, usage by application etc

image credit:Google Play

Limiting Data Usage on Android 4.0 or more (Icecream Sandwich)

Android has builtin data usage to notify you of any warnings and absoulte data usage limit

-Go to settings on your Android device. Tap on “Data Usage”. Modify orange, red lines for warning threshold, actual data usage. Thats it.

Also, you can view data usage on your respective carrier app like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile etc. These apps have lag in updating data usage by about 12 hours to 24 hours though.


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