Your data usage doesn’t have to be an unknowable mystery bill that adds up to an unexpected monstrosity at the end of the month. Instead, you can take control of your data usage through a variety of user-friendly tools such as this list of apps. These ones offer different tools and features, can work in the background, and let you relax and leave the tracking and monitoring to them.
The best iPhone apps for data management
27 Dec 2016, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Have you been surprised by your data bill in the past, not realizing you went over? The My Data Manager app gives users a way to track their data so they never go over their amount; or at least, if they do go over, they can track by how much. This app makes it possible to monitor your roaming and WiFi in a user-friendly manner. The app allows you to customize it so that it matches with your own individual data plan and then you can set up alarms so you don't accidentally go over your allowed amount. The app will also track a history of your consumption, which can shed light on how much you use and when.
- Customize the app
- Set alarms so you don’t go over your limit
- Track usage and your history of consumption
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Tired of spending so much on your data plan? DataCompress helps you control your mobile data usage, saving money, and time. The app compresses text and images so that the content you see gets to you quickly. The quality remains high and the compression happens very fast so there’s no delay. It runs in the background and all of your mobile data traffic is directed through Private Communications Corporation’s servers, which uses the latest and best compression technology. You can try the app free for 10 days and after that you will need a monthly or yearly subscription.
- Save up to 50% off your mobile data plan
- Photos and text are compressed
- Quality remains high
- Browse and share freely
- Free trial followed by subscription
If you have ever been surprised at the end of the month to see how much data you used, you may want to get DataFlow, an app you will use to track your network data usage in real-time. Features include themes and widget styles, the option to track WiFi and cellular data usage in real-time, data usage history, network speed monitor, and more. The app resets automatically on bill cycle date, it works for different data plans, and it works with Apple Watch. If you tend to have a lot of apps running in the background or just lose track of how much data you’ve used, this is a great app to download.
- Shows how much data you have left
- See percentage of data used
- View how many days left in billing cycle
- Easy to use
- Free with in-app purchase
This handy little tool will help users monitor their iDevices and stay on top of any potential issues. The app conveniently can be placed in today’s widget, which makes it easier to view your iPhone’s system information. Users can view free memory, how much space is available, upload and download speeds, real-time data usage, view the Internet connection rate, a process list, scheduled events and more. This app minimizes the bells and whistles by keeping the app very simple in appearance and usage.
- Monitor the data on your iDevice
- View free memory, Available storage space
- Speeds for connection, upload and download
- See your real-time data usage, Scheduled events
- Process list, Simple interface, Today widget
Traffic Monitor is an ad-free app that offers you a speed test, coverage map, and data usage. You will see your battery status, memory usage, CPU usage, capacity, and so much more. The Today widget in the Notification Center allows you to see your current data usage at a glance, both cellular and WiFi. You will instantly know your usage in percentages as well as MB, for today and the whole month. You will see your download, ping, and upload speeds compared to others in your area, too. The best part is that despite being detailed enough to be useful, it’s easy to use.
- Speed test, coverage map, and data usage
- Today widget
- See your data usage at a glance
- Easy to budget your data account
- Free iPhone app for data management
DataCare helps you stay on top of your 3G/4G/WiFi data usage so you can stay within your allowed usage each month. Save yourself some money! This iPhone data management app works without connecting to your service provider, and also works for all service providers. You get a data usage chart, geolocation data usage, different data plans, usage prediction, and more. View your data usage in daily, weekly, and period views; review your data usage on a map; create different data plans in addition to your original one; and figure out the possibility of going over your data plan based on your current usage. The app is free, with an in-app purchase to remove ads.
- Data usage monitor
- Doesn’t need to connect to your service provider
- Create more than one plan
- View data usage and predict total monthly usage
- Free with in-app purchase
There's no need to guess or make assumptions about your data usage because the Data Monitor app is able to track it for you. Let this one keep track for you so that you are never faced with a nasty total on your bill. When you first launch the app you can adjust the settings so it matches your current monthly or even daily data plan limit. The app then starts to track and monitor your WiFi and cell network usage. What's great is the app automatically resets itself at the end of the plan cycle. If you don’t want to wait for the end of the cycle you can always reset it manually.
- Start tracking your cell and WiFi data usage
- Adjust the app to match your plan limits
- The app automatically resets at the end of your plan cycle
- You can manually reset it
Data Monitor app review: managing your data usage to prevent surprise charges
Data usage can really sneak up on you and result in a rather massive bill at the end of the month. The Data Usage (3G/4G Management experts) app puts you in charge of your data usage by giving you a way to monitor and track it. This one is extremely user-friendly so you don't have to be a techie to set it up and use it. The user interface looks like a meter so you can quickly view your usage. Let this one track your usage on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and keep your bills at a manageable level.
- Track your daily, weekly, and monthly usage
- The user interface is modern and sleek
- This one is user-friendly and easy to set up
- Stay in control of your monthly bills
Data Usage app review: offering a visual-based data usage monitor
Do you think your mobile device is running at its optimum speed? It's hard to tell, which is why the Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test app can come in handy. This one is able to perform a speed test in 30 seconds and all you have to do is tap on one button. This app will allow you to figure out your ping, upload, download, and track your past speed tests. There are also real-time graphs to check out. Your results can be shared without any problem. The user interface is modern and high-tech feeling yet it's very easy to navigate and use.
- Get the most out of your device
- Perform a speed test by tapping on one button
- Speed tests take all of 30 seconds
- The user interface is modern and high-tech looking
- The app itself is very user-friendly
Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test app review
If you're a customer of Verizon then the Verizon Mobile app is a must-have. This app makes it possible to track your data, text, and minutes usage so you stay in control of what your bill will total each month. Through the app you can change up your features, change your calling plans, and even pay your bill. Another feature is the ability to manage your family and friends' numbers. If you want to set up an appointment in the store, use your app to do so. The app is truly multi-functional and you can check out your data usage in the Today view of your Notification Center.
- View and manage your account details
- Track your data, text, and minutes usage
- Change your plan and features
- Pay your bill
- Set up an in-store appointment