If you are an iPhone user then how do you react when you get the message from your carrier that your data usage is at 90% for the month? You should rely on a local Wi-Fi spot when you want to stream a lot of videos and your favorite music.
In this article, we will show you how to check your data usage on your iPhone 6 so that you know when to stop. We will also give you some useful tips on how to use fewer data. Do you know that there are some cheap data options you can use like borrowing someone’s data? If you know how to manage your iPhone features and settings it, your life will be tension free.
We will keep sharing useful tips and tricks with you in the future. Tips we share in this article will help many users manage their mobile data.
iPhone 6 Data Usage
The very first question people often ask is what is included in data usage. Following are the thing included in data usage.
- Web surfing
- Music/video streaming
- Sending messages over Kik, WhatsApp, Line, iMessage etc.
- Accessing your email
Followings are not included in data usage.
- When connected to a local Wi-Fi network, things mentioned above are not included.
- Voice calls
- Regular text messages
Now, you know what is included in data usage and what is not. Keep reading to know different ways of checking your data usage on iPhone 6.
Ways to Check Data on iPhone 6
It will not be wrong if we say that an average iPhone user has at least 20 apps. Having twenty apps on your iPhone means you have many options to use data. There are many things you do when using your iPhone such as using iCloud to sync your contacts, pictures, music etc. You should also consider the time you browse the Internet and do things like sending and receiving emails. In other words, we can say that your data usage increases when you use different apps. There is no a single app that consumes your data but multiple apps.
It is very easy to find out how much data you have used. You can also find out which app consumed the most data. It is very important information. If you know which app using the most data you will be able to do something about it.
Following are the four ways using which you can check your data on iPhone 6.
- A Quick Call
- Using your carrier’s app
- Go to website of your cell phone company
- iPhone data usage feature
Below, we will discuss the above-stated methods one by one.
1. A Quick Call
This is the best way to check your data usage on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
- If your carrier is AT&T, go to phone app just like when you want to call someone. Go to keypad and type *DATA# or *3282# and press the green colored call button.
- Next, you should see a gray screen and a message that the information you requested will be sent to you in a message. Touch the Dismiss button.
- The very next moment you will receive a text message containing the information you requested such as your billing cycle, data you used, messages you have sent etc.
Verizon is the largest cell phone carrier in the country. If Verizon is your cell phone go to your phone’s keypad and dial #data. As a result, you should receive a message containing the information you required.
Sprint subscribers are just required to dial *4 on their keypad and press the send button. They will receive a message containing the desired information.
T-Mobile subscribers will go to the iPhone keypad and dial #web. A message will be sent to them.
Keep reading if you want a breakdown of usage per app.
2. Using Your Carrier’s App
Not many people know that they can use their carrier’s app to check their data usage on iPhone. Most of the mobile phone carriers have their own app that users can use to track data.
Keep one thing mind that the apps of top cell phone companies vary based on the detailed information they offer. Don’t be surprised if your cell phone company does not offer break down of your data usage. But still, it is good to know how much you have used and how much has left. In this way, you will be in a better position to decide if you have enough data for the rest of the month or if you need more data. This is how you can avoid the overage charge.
3. Go to Website of Your Cell Phone Company
The official website of your company also offers information regarding your data usage on iPhone 6 and 6 plus. You must be thinking that this is the conventional way of checking data usage. Yes, it is. One problem with this option is that some people just don’t find using the web page on computer or iPhone a convenient option. Most of the companies send you a message when you are on a family plan.
You can only access this option if you know your login username and password. Try signing up with an account in case if you haven’t tried to login before. Once you are logged in, go to the tab or page related to data and usage.
iPhone Data Usage Feature
Have you tried data usage feature of your iPhone 6? You can find this feature in your iPhone settings. This is a built-in feature and very useful one. Now, we will show you how to use it to know which app is consuming the most data. In this way, you will be able to keep things in control. But the problem is that this method has a limitation that it will only show you the data used on the cellular network. In other words, there is no way you can see the usage on a local Wi-Fi. But, it will show you if you are going over your monthly limit. And this is what you need.
This is how to do it.
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap Cellular
- There you will find the cellular data turned off if you use it. You can see different data and cellular usage statistics after scrolling down.
The screen you will see shows the cellular and data usage for the “current period” which many wrongly think for their billing period. Remember, your iPhone doesn’t know when your billing begins and when it ends. So, here the current period means from the last time you reset the statistics.
To keep things in order, you can reset your statistics at the start of every month for your cell phone plan. This is the best way to track your data usage for the given month.
One good thing is that you can check what apps specifically have used the most data. Have you heard about the 20/80 rule? It means just 20% of your apps are responsible for 80% of data usage. Once you have figured out the apps using the most data, you can do something about them to limit their data usage.
Generally, apps in your cell phone have settings that allow you control data used by the app. You can choose to stop the app from running in the background. These are the small things that consume your battery as well as your data.
Control Your Data Usage
Now, we will give you some tips to significantly reduce your data usage. You will surely find these tips very helpful in case you are afraid of going over the limit. If you don’t find these tips helpful then you can buy more data per month.
- First of all, you need to turn off push notifications. Many apps including your email use push notifications.
- Next, you will turn off fetch for email as well. Turning off this feature means your email won’t refresh automatically.
- Setup your phone to update only when connected to Wi-Fi and not on the mobile network. It will save a lot of your MBs.
- Streaming music on your favorite apps like Spotify and Soundcloud consumes a lot of your mobile data. You can consider limiting the use of these apps.
- Sometimes you can do without navigation especially when on long road trips.
- Avoid downloading big attachments in an email. You can do such tasks when connected to Wi-Fi.
Data Usage Alerts
We will not be surprised if you say that you cannot limit your data usage. Don’t worry you are not the first one to say so. Setting data usage alerts can do the trick. You basically set your threshold to be able to manage your data usage.
iPhone users can easily check their data usage from the Settings app. Launch the Settings app and touch on Cellular to check your data usage. Here you will find data usage since the last time you reset the memory. This information will be of no use if it has been a long time since you reset the memory. The best thing you can do is reset the memory when your new billing cycle starts and only then you will be able to track your data from the beginning of the month.
Your phone has a built in data manager which you can use to track your monthly data usage. You must have heard about an app named My Data Manager. The app is available for Android as well as iPhone. My Data Manager is a reliable and widely used app. There is no other app that tracks your cellular and Wi-Fi usage like this app does. The best thing about the app is that it lets you set your threshold and when you meet your threshold the app notifies you.
In this article, we showed you different ways to keep an eye on your data usage on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If you use the tips and tricks discussed above, your chances of going over the limit are almost zero. Hope you find this article very helpful. Feel free to share your views with us.