If you are not on an unlimited data plan you are most likely watching your data amounts on your phone. I love how easy it is for me to track data usage on the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Here is a bit of a walk thru to help you get started using these helpful tools.
UPDATE: This tool is not specific to the Samsung Galaxy SIII. It is part of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. So if you have a newer phone you should have this.
Go into your settings and simply select Data Usage to get to these controls.
Once you are in you will see your chart. If you want to see a limit, check the box next to “Set mobile data limit”. A box will pop up letting you know that mobile data will disable once you reach your limit. You can slide the red limit and the yellow warning bars up and down to the level you want them to be at. Even if you opt not to disable when a limit is reached, this tool is still handy to keep you under your data plan limits. If you are on a shared data plan it is great for setting boundaries for your device also.
If you tap the menu button (on the base of your Galaxy SIII – the one with the 3 horizontal lines) a menu will pop up with a few other options. You can pick Data Roaming, you can restrict background data, and show Wi-fi usage. Restricting background data can really help you save on your data if you have a low threshold or are approaching it at the end of a billing cycle.
If you turn on the Wi-Fi tracking you will have another tab at the top. This is when you are using a Wi-fi connection, like your home network or at a place with public access. Remember this does NOT count towards your data plan. I think this is interesting that under the chart I can see where the bulk of my usage has been. You can see in my screen shot I spend a lot of time on my phone on Pinterest!
This is just one of the many things I am loving about my new Samsung Galaxy SIII. I am planning to share often about this phone and it’s apps and tools. If you have something specific you want to see let me know!
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