Manage Data usage on your Galaxy phone

Manage Data Usage on Your Phone

It's the middle of the month, and you receive an alert saying you only have 10 percent of your data left...followed by a sinking feeling in your stomach. Luckily, you can keep tabs and set limits on your data usage using your phone's settings. They really come in handy when you're in a data crunch.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Monitor Data usage

Do you know where your data is? Track your data usage to make sure you never run out.

From Settings, search for and select Data usage. Tap Data usage again, and view your Mobile data usage or Wi-Fi data usage.

Data usage screen displaying Mobile data usage on a Galaxy phone

Turn Data saver on or off

Meet Data saver: your secret weapon in the fight against drained data. Data saver prevents some apps from sending or receiving data in the background. So rest assured, you're not wasting any precious data.

From Settings, search for and select Data saver. Next, tap Data saver again, and then tap the switch. To disable Data saver, tap the switch again.

Note: To exclude apps from Data saver, tap Allow app while Data saver on.

Data saver switch turned on in a Galaxy phone

Data usage settings

Another weapon in your arsenal is the Data usage settings. They will tell you when you're nearing the end of your billing cycle and warn you when data is running low.

From Settings, search for and select Data usage. Tap Data usage, tap Billing cycle and data warning, and then check out the following settings:

  • Start billing cycle on: Set the date when your billing cycle starts to keep track of your mobile data usage.

A list of Billing cycle and data warning settings on a Galaxy phone
  • Set data warning: Turn the data warning feature on or off by tapping the switch.

  • Data warning: Set the amount of data to use before receiving a warning about your usage.

  • Limit mobile data usage: Turn the limit mobile data feature on or off by tapping the switch.

  • Data limit: Set the amount of data you can use before mobile data is disabled.

Data roaming

If you leave your carrier's coverage area, you may still be able to access mobile data by enabling Data roaming. Most carriers work together to allow you to connect to other networks, even outside of the United States.

Before you turn on Data roaming, please be aware that there may be additional charges from your carrier, especially outside of the country. Contact your carrier for details before enabling Data roaming.

When you're ready to turn it on, navigate to Settings, and then tap Connections. Tap Mobile networks, and then tap the option for Data roaming to enable or disable the feature.

The Data Roaming option displayed on a Galaxy phone

Note: The steps for activating this option may differ depending on what carrier you have.

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