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How do I monitor data usage on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

The Data usage application shows how much data you have used and which applications or services are responsible for your data usage. You can set mobile data limits, view Wi-Fi® usage, and restrict background data usage.

View Data Usage

Data usage information provided by your device may differ from actual usage provided by your wireless service provider.

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Data usage.

  5. Your device will display your data usage for the current cycle in MB or GB, along with a graph of this usage. Scroll down to view data usage by application.

    Samsung view Data usage

Manage Data Usage

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Data usage.

  5. Touch Mobile data.   

    Samsung touch Mobile data
  6. Mark the checkboxes for the types of mobile data you want to turn on.

    Samsung select the types of mobile data you want turned on
  7. Touch Back.

  8. If desired, touch International Data Roaming and mark the International Data checkbox to turn on mobile data when roaming outside the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

    International roaming data charges will apply.

  9. Touch Black Mark on the right side of the graph, and drag it up or down to adjust your data usage alert limit.

    Samsung touch and drag Black Mark
  10. Touch the slider OFF next to Set mobile data limit to turn it on. Your device will automatically turn off the data connection when the limit is reached.

  11. Touch Red Mark on the right side of the graph, and drag it up or down to adjust the mobile data limit.

    Samsung touch and drag Red Mark

Mobile Data Limit Reached

  • When you have reached your mobile data limit, you may receive a message about your data usage.

  • If your mobile data connection has been turned off, you can turn it on anytime by touching the notification about mobile data in the Notification Panel.

Data Usage Options

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Data usage.

  5. Touch MORE for the following options:

    • Restrict background data: Restrict your device's use of data for background tasks unless it is connected to a Wi-Fi access point.

    • Show Wi-Fi usage: Show an additional tab covering the Wi-Fi data usage on your device.

    • Restrict networks: Select Wi-Fi networks that are mobile hotspots. When selected, applications can be restricted from using these networks when running in the background. This option lets your device warn you about using these networks for large downloads.

    • Help: Access help for Data usage features.

Data Usage By Application

The list of applications shows you applications that have used data on your device and how much data each application is responsible for during the selected data usage cycle.

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Data usage.

  5. Touch an application to get more information about it.

    Samsung touch an application
  6. Touch VIEW APP SETTINGS to view options for the application. If it is displayed, you can touch the slider OFF next to Restrict background data to turn it on in order to turn off background data for an individual application.

    Samsung touch VIEW APP SETTINGS

    To change the data usage cycle shown in the chart, touch the date range displayed and touch Change cycle.

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