IT can be easy to accidentally overspend when it comes to smartphones whether that be on data or hidden app fees.
If you’re worried about hidden bills racking up, you should try a simple Android trick.
Android users can track their data usage and put limits on it.
Depending on your phone contract, this could help you avoid a surprise bill at the end of the month.
Google explains on its Android support site: “Data usage is how much data your phone uploads or downloads using mobile data.
“To make sure that you’re not using too much data on your data plan, you can check and change your data usage.”
To check out your data usage on an Android device open up your Settings app.
Then, click “Network & internet” and then “Internet.”
You should see your carrier pop up and you need to tap “Settings” next to the carrier name.
This should reveal your total data usage and you’ll be able to see if you’re reaching your limit.
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If you’re near your limit or went over, you may want to turn on the Data Saver setting.
Google says: “To help use less mobile data on a limited data plan, you can turn on Data Saver.
“This mode lets most apps and services get background data only via Wi-Fi.
“Currently active apps and services can use mobile data.”
Keep in mind that this mode is available on devices running Android 8.0 and above.
Open your Settings app and click Network & internet.
This time, you want to tap Data Saver and then turn it on.
You can turn Data Saver mode off via the same route.
To check your specific Settings route for tricks you can visit your device manufacturer’s support site.
Not all Android devices share the same features and it can depend on how a phone developer has decided to adopt Google’s Android software.