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Check data usage: This is how it works with Android and iOS
Anyone who surfs the Internet with their smartphone on the go and does not use WiFi connections or hotspots uses data volume every day. In order not to spend more than necessary at the end of the month, you should ideally always keep an eye on your data consumption. How it works? Our guide will tell you.
Cell phone tariffs nowadays include a fixed volume of data. Those who surf the Internet or send WhatsApp messages very often on the go need a lot of MB or GB, but those who only turn on the Internet occasionally when there is no WiFi or HotSpot nearby will also be happy with a tariff with little included volume. Regardless of whether you surf the Internet often or only rarely, there is one thing you shouldn't lose sight of: your data usage. Because as soon as you use more volume in a month than your contract allows, it can get expensive. This is due to the data automatic, with which new data volume is booked independently. However, the service is not free and so the bill quickly increases. In order not to fall into the cost trap, you can deactivate the automatic data control. We'll tell you how this works in the article Deactivate automatic data and save money.
If you have a contract with unlimited data volume, as offered by Telekom, you don't have to worry. However, most people currently only have a limited amount of data available. Are you one of them? Then decide now for the Magenta-XL or the O2-Free-L-Unlimited tariff and surf for as long as you want!
But even if you do not have unlimited access to the mobile Internet, it is advisable, not only because of possible additional costs, to check your previous data usage every now and then. If you have used up your included volume and deactivated the automatic data control, your surfing speed will be reduced and you will be online much slower until the beginning of the new billing month.
Check data usage at the provider
As a rule, the customer portal is available to you on the website of your provider, through which you can process your bills, book new tariffs and get an overview of your contract. There is usually a menu item that you can use to check your previous data usage. Your provider shows you the data volume used from the beginning to the end of the billing month.
Important: The billing month rarely coincides with the calendar month. This means that you cannot automatically access your entire data volume again on the 1st of a month. In order to avoid additional costs, you should always check when the billing month starts and when it ends when you sign a new contract. In many cases it starts on the day you signed the contract. Billing from the 15th of the month to the 15th of the following month is also common.
Display data usage on Android smartphones
In addition to the data check at the provider, you can also have your consumption displayed on your smartphone. To do this, tap on "Settings" and open the menu item "Data usage" or "Data usage". Now you get to the overview, which shows your data usage over the past 30 days. Sent and received data are recorded, because both are deducted from your inclusive volume. This includes, for example, sent and received images, video streams and music that you hear via Spotify and Co.
You can use a drop-down selection list above the graphic to display the data usage for a specific month. With the arrows below the graphic, you can narrow down the time period afterwards, for example if you want to find out the consumption for a certain day.
Note: The display is not based on the billing period of your provider, but usually shows a calendar month. So you should always keep in mind the interval at which you will receive new data volume. It is advisable to use the arrows to set the graphic so that you do not see a calendar month but the billing period. This makes it easier to keep track of things.
Restrict apps on Android devices: In the data usage overview you will find a list of all apps that use mobile data. The app that uses the most data volume is at the top. The one that is least used, below. This allows data guzzlers to be identified quickly. In order to only use the corresponding apps via WiFi, you have to restrict each application manually. To do this, tap on the application in the menu and then on "restrict". From now on, this app no longer uses any background data and only downloads information and other data via WiFi. Warning: If you start the application, it may still consume data volume.
Control data usage with the DEINHANDY. App
The DEINHANDY.-app enables you to check your mobile data regularly and easily. This means that your inclusive volume lasts until the end of the month, so that you get by without additional costs and avoid reducing your speed. With the application you can always keep an eye on your data volume and find out on top which app consumes the most capacity. The DEINHANDY. App can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store.
Control data usage on iPhones
Data usage on the iPhone can also be checked in just a few steps. To do this, open the settings and then tap on "Mobile network". The data volume you have used so far appears under "Current period". In contrast to Android, the time period for iPhones cannot be set manually. In other words, your iPhone keeps counting up until you reset the counter. In order not to lose track of the data used, you should always reset the statistics at the beginning of the billing month. This way you always know how much data volume is still available to you.
In addition to the included volume used, you will also find an overview of roaming here, with which you can keep an eye on possible costs that arise in non-EU countries.
Restrict apps to iPhones: The principle for iOS systems is similar to that for Android smartphones. All apps that use mobile data are listed in the data usage overview. There is a regulator on the right. If you drag it to the left, you deactivate the data consumption for the application. Unlike Android, iOS doesn't show you how many KB or MB an app is using.
More tips and tricks to save data volume
Exceeding the included volume can quickly become expensive thanks to the automatic data transmission. Therefore, you should not only keep an eye on your data consumption at all times, but also avoid hidden costs and data hogs:
Handy for music junkies: Music flat rates. This means that music streams are not deducted from the data volume and you have more volume left for other things. Not only contracts including smartphone, but also our SIM-only tariffs can be supplemented with a music flat rate.
Practical for prolific writers: The same applies to tariffs that include unlimited WhatsApp messaging. With this flat rate, all received and sent data, such as videos, pictures and messages, are not at the expense of your data volume.
In addition, you should set in the Google Play Store and the Apple Appstore that apps are only updated via WiFi. Alternatively, you can turn off automatic updates and update applications manually.
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