Top 2 Android Data Usage Apps

By Steve McFarlane

Data usage monitors give Android users the tools they need to manage how apps use the Internet, analyze call and messaging patterns and ultimately control their monthly mobile Internet bills.  Here are two of the best Android data usage apps.

3G Watchdog Po

This app is a great way to ensure that you do not exceed your data usage cap, or at least ensure that you don’t rack-up a huge Internet bill without being aware of it.  3G Watchdog’s data counter monitors your Mobile Internet data usage, whether it is 4G, 3G, 3G, 2G, Edge or GPRS – it doesn’t count Wi-Fi though.

The app keeps the user updated on their data usage history via the notification bar, a detailed report page and data usage widgets. In order for the app to properly track your data usage you should set the counter at the beginning of the month. If you specify your data usage cap for the month the app will monitor your Internet usage, predict when you will exceed the data plan and alert you if you are about to exceed it.

If you had forgotten to reset the counter, at the beginning of the month, you can sync the counter with how much you have already used — the usage bar and alerts will let you know how much you have left on the plan for the rest of the month in addition to summaries of your data usage so far.

There is free version of 3G Watchdog, but the Pro edition brings advanced graphs, billing rules, predictions, and more configurable widgets. QR Code


There are indeed lots of Android data usage monitors, but few do a good job of monitoring not only data usage, but tracking calls, SMS, in addition to setting alerts and limits to ensure you don’t exceed your data cap.

PhoneUsage has data counters for Edge/3G/GPRS mobile data plans, so you can easily interpret and analyze your phone’s data usage. The app can also represent the numbers in Pie and Bar charts, though you will need Android 2.2+ to use this feature.

Other notable features include:

  • Set limits on daily, weekly and monthly usage
  • Alerts when you break your usage limits
  • Widgets for calls, texts and data
  • See which apps are using the most data
  • See who you call the most
  • See usage per hour, day, week and month
  • Stay with in your limits and save money on your monthly bill.

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