How can I check/limit my data usage?

To check your cellular data usage on your device:

iOS

  • To check your data usage:
    • Navigate to Settings > Cellular.
    • Scroll down to see cellular data usage for the current period and the data used by each app on your device.
  • To turn off mobile data for any apps you don't need it for:
    • Scroll all the way to the bottom and turn off:
      • Wi-Fi Assist
      • iCloud Drive
      • iCloud Backup
  • To restrict data usage:
    • Go to Settings > Contacts > Accounts > Fetch New Data.
    • Turn Push OFF.
    • Under Fetch, select Manually.

iPadOS

  • To check your data usage:
    • Navigate to Settings > Cellular Data.
    • Scroll down to see cellular data usage for the current period and the data used by each app on your device.
  • To turn off mobile data for any apps you don't need it for:
    • Scroll all the way to the bottom and turn off:
      • Wi-Fi Assist
      • iCloud Drive
      • iCloud Backup
  • To restrict data usage:
    • Go to Settings > Contacts > Accounts > Fetch New Data.
    • Turn Push OFF.
    • Under Fetch, select Manually.

Android (Samsung)

  • To check your data usage:
    • Navigate to Settings > Connections > Data usage > Mobile data usage.
    • Scroll down to see the cellular data usage by app. These charts show data sent through your cellular data connection and not your Wi-Fi connection.
  • To turn off mobile data for any apps you don't need it for:
    • Go to Settings > Connections > Data usage > Allowed networks for apps.
    • Scroll through the list until you find the app you want to configure data for and tap the entry.
    • Tap "Wi-Fi only" to limit data usage to Wi-Fi.
    • Repeat this to select "Wi-Fi only" for all the apps you don't want to use mobile data.
  • To restrict data usage:
    • Go to Settings > Connections > Data usage > Data saver.
    • Turn Data saver ON.
    • Tap Allowed to use data while Data saver is on and switch off the toggles of the apps to disable background data usage.

Android (Google Pixel)

  • To check your data usage:
    • Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > SIMs.
    • Tap your GigSky SIM.
    • Tap App data usage.
    • Scroll down to see the cellular data usage by app. These charts show data sent through your cellular data connection and not your Wi-Fi connection.
  • To turn off mobile data for any apps you don't need it for:
    • It's not possible to turn off mobile data for individual apps on the Pixel.
  • To restrict data usage:
    • Go to Settings > Network & internet > Data Saver.
    • Turn Use Data Saver ON to prevent data being used in the background.
    • If you want any apps to bypass this restriction, tap Unrestricted data, scroll through the list to find the name of the app, and switch on the toggle to allow unrestricted data use.

Limiting your data usage:

  1. Always turn off Cellular Data when you don't need to use it.
  2. Don't do things that use a lot of data, e.g. streaming video. Find a Wi-Fi network for that sort of thing. And to be sure that you are using Wi-Fi, turn off cellular data on your mobile device.
  3. Close apps when you're not using them. Many apps will run in the background, which means that they could still be using data.
  4. Watch out for apps that use pushed content and notifications, e.g. email, Facebook, Twitter, weather updates, sports scores. If possible, set these to manual updates.
  5. Limit the use of Voice Assistants, e.g. Siri: they can a lot of data.
  6. Cut down on your use of email or web browsing.
  7. Set your email to view only. That way, you won't be downloading full attachments.
  8. Turn off cloud-syncing apps, such as iCloud and Dropbox.
  9. Turn off iTunes automatic downloads.
  10. Don't update your apps using cellular data.

If you're using an iPhone or iPad (Cellular model), the Apple support site has an article describing how you can view and adjust your data settings and usage:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201299

If you're using a mobile hotspot, there are some additional things to bear in mind:

  1. Your device will be connected to the hotspot using Wi-Fi and will behave accordingly, so any settings that limit data usage over cellular connectivity will be ignored. Pay particular attention to the points listed above to limit your usage.
  2. Turn off all automatic downloads, including software and browser updates.

If you have any further questions, please contact GigSky Support at help@gigsky.com.

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