FAQ: How to Set Data Limits for Android

Data is, without a doubt, the most precious commodity in the wireless world. It’s simultaneously the most expensive and most sought-after part to a wireless plan. And, of course, it is used in so many ways from updating apps to getting directions or even using voice search. But, if you’ve found yourself running short on data month to month, there is a way to not only check where that data is going, but set warnings and limits. Granted, most prepaid plans already have set data limits so that customers can’t go over the allotted amount, but it can be distressing to suddenly just run out of data with no warning. If you’re on Ting or another carrier that allows overages, you might just and want to limit your data. Either way, all Android devices running at least KitKat have a data manager that tracks data usage. Here are the steps to turn the limits and warnings on:  
  1. Launch your Settings app
  2. Under Wireless Networks, select Data Manager
  3. Check the box next to Limit Mobile Data Usage
  4. Slide the limit and warning sliders wherever you like
Once you’ve had it on for a while, you will be able to look and see which apps use the most data. Expect Google Play to be pretty high on the list if you haven’t set it to only update via Wifi. Once you’ve reached the ‘warning’ figure, the phone should send a push notification so you can either slow down data usage until your next billing period or else look into purchasing additional data before running out. I recommend setting it at least 200 MB below your limit just to be on the safe side. Not sure how data works? Check out this post explaining data usage! If you have any other questions or comments, leave a note below!]]>

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