Top 5 Apps for Monitoring Mobile Data Usage

Avoid excess data usage charges on your smartphone or tablet.

Illustration of a person holding a smartphone and looking at a data usage app

Lifewire / Kaley McKean


Unless you have an unlimited data plan for your smartphone or tablet, you have a service plan that limits the amount of data you can transfer online every billing cycle. To avoid exceeding these limits and incurring excess billing charges, monitor data usage on a smartphone or tablet using one of these popular apps. Some of the apps are free; others charge a small fee.

Data Usage

Data Usage App (

What We Like

  • Clean user interface.

  • Align the app to your service contract.

  • Notification system for overage risk.

What We Don't Like

  • No updates since 2017.

  • Device requirements for the Android app.

  • Not enough downloads for a star rating in the iOS App Store.

The Data Usage app is easy to install and uses theme colors that change to reflect current usage status. The app includes all the essential features of a data monitoring system:

  • The ability to track over time periods that match a user's billing cycles
  • Separate tracking for real-time monitoring of cellular and Wi-Fi data 
  • Historical usage reports
  • Ability to set thresholds and receive notifications for exceeded limits
  • Predicting when you will go over your limits and setting daily quotas 

An available Data Usage Pro app for iOS includes additional options for configuring customized trackers that might appeal to techies.

The iOS app requires iOS 9.0 or later. The Android app requirements vary by device.

DataMan Pro

DataMan Next

What We Like

  • Easy-to-visualize alerts about potential overages.

  • Hour-by-hour grid helps you visualize usage patterns.

  • App for watchOS.

What We Don't Like

  • App instructions are sometimes confusing.

  • A blend of simplicity and in-depth reporting makes for a mixed metaphor of an app.

The DataMan Pro app for iOS devices bills itself as "your superweapon against overage." This app reports usage not only for a device's cellular communication but also for Wi-Fi connections. Key features include:

  • Tracks LTE, 4G, 3G, and Wi-Fi
  • Maps locations where you use data
  • Supports rollover and carryover data
  • Maintains an hourly and daily history
  • Works with all carriers
  • Generates smart forecasts to predict whether you'll stay within your data cap
  • Displays real-time stats
  • Makes intelligent suggestions for usage limits
  • Includes watchOS 4 app

My Data Manager

My Data Manager

What We Like

  • Good reports and detailed, if boring, user interface.

  • Checks account-level, not just device-level, usage.

What We Don't Like

  • Embedded VPN on a free product is a warning sign for potential data and privacy risks.

  • User complaints in the App Store about the VPN.

Take control of your data with the My Data Manager app on your mobile device. Use the app every day to track how much data you are using and to receive alerts before you fly past your data limit. 

Features of the My Data Manager app include:

  • Monitors mobile, roaming, and Wi-Fi
  • Supports custom usage alarms to avoid overage charges
  • Supports shared and family plans and tracks usage across all members' devices
  • Maintains history of data consumption
  • Monitors apps to see which ones consume the most data each month

One thing to take particular note of is the embedded VPN. Not only does this introduce data and privacy risks, but there are several user complaints about the VPN.


myAT&T - Data Usage

What We Like

  • Works with AT&T to assess usage against the carrier's own stats and account-level information.

  • Looks at the whole account, not just the device, to assess overages.

  • Combines entire AT&T portfolio, including DSL and DirecTV.

What We Don't Like

  • Recent user complaints that the app is significantly inaccurate.

  • Clunky card-based app design.

AT&T subscribers can use the myAT&T app to stay on top of their accounts, view official data usage reports for their accounts, and perform other account administration functions. Information for all accounts is available on the main screen of the app. Use the app to:

  • Monitor your usage
  • Manage your wireless account
  • View billing details
  • Pay your bill
  • Upgrade your phone or plan
  • Make changes to your plan 

My Verizon

My Verizon Mobile

What We Like

  • Clean, crisp design.

  • Account-level view into your Verizon relationship.

  • For a carrier-designed app, it gets good ratings.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited usage reporting.

  • Emphasis on upsells.

Verizon Wireless subscribers can use the My Verizon app to check official data usage against plan limits. It works best with recent or unlimited plans. The My Verizon app offers basic data monitoring capability, and you can:

  • Use the apps data hub as a data control center
  • Review and manage your plan
  • Switch to a different plan or go Unlimited from the app
  • View and pay your bill from the app
  • Gain on-demand support
  • Shop for new devices and accessories
  • Check-in for appointments in a Verizon store
  • Scan items in a Verizon store for self-checkout