Monthly data caps are the biggest enemy of smartphone users. A small download at the wrong time can result in a large bill. Fortunately, on your iPhone you can use tools to keep an eye on your data usage. Read on if you want to avoid a high bill!
Step 1. Open "Settings"
You will find this app on your home screen.
Step 2. Tap on "Mobile data"
This can be found in the top group of options.
In iOS 6, tap General → Usage → Cellular Network Details.
Step 3. Scroll down to "Use mobile data traffic"
You can find information about your consumption here. The "Current Period" is not automatically set based on your billing cycle. So if you don't adjust that yourself first, the information you find here may be inaccurate.
Step 4. Reset your data
Reset the stats to that day in the month your data cycle starts. Scroll to the bottom and tap "Reset data".
Step 5. Check your subscription
The method we just discussed is very useful for monitoring your usage, but it says nothing about your monthly limit. In addition, the data usage that your iPhone indicates sometimes does not quite match what your provider has measured.
- Go to your provider's website and log in with your username and password. You should be able to see how much you have used this month on your account page.
- With most providers you can set that you will receive a warning text message when your data usage is low.
- With many providers you can also request your remaining balance by text message or by calling a number. For example for KPN users: text 'balance' to 1245 for free. You will receive a free message with your remaining bundle credit and your usage outside the bundle. For T-Mobile: call 1202 for free.
- To calculate how much data you have used during a certain period, first tap on "Reset data", then you can monitor how much you use from that point.
- This concerns mobile data traffic, not traffic over a Wi-Fi network.