Let’s talk numbers. How much data do you actually use? If you have an existing data plan and a smartphone, it’s actually pretty easy to figure out how much you’ve been using. Here’s how.
If you’re an iPhone user, just follow these simple steps to check your data usage:
- Go to Settings
- Click on Cellular
- Look at Current Period to see how much data you’ve used since you last reset your data statistics (this is not how much data you’ve used since your last bill)
- Look at the list of apps below to see how much data each individual app has used in the period
If you’re an Android user you can check your data usage like this:
- Open Settings
- Go to Network & internet
- Under the Mobile tab you’ll see your total data use
- Click on Mobile data usage to see more detailed information and graphs about your data usage
Checking your past data usage should help you determine how much you use each month. But it’s not an exact science, and we would recommend overestimating your usage because people are using more data than ever. And the trend is just going up.
Even if you don’t have an existing smartphone and data plan, you can estimate what your data usage might look like by adding up how much time you think you’ll spend on the online activities.