We consume more cellular data on our iPhone and iPad than we think. Although your carriers are aiming to increase that rate while keeping your bill at the same cost, some users still have data limitations.
If you still have small data allowances, then it’s good to keep track of the usage to avoid a massive bill at the end of the month.
By default, your iOS device has this feature. In fact, it’s a significant component of many sub-functionalities that provide a way to keep track, disable data on individual apps, and showing stats of your mobile data.
Knowing your stock Cellular page
Start off by opening your Settings app and tap on Cellular.
On this page, you will have many different options:
- Enable or Disable Cellular Data
- Personal Hotspot: Give some of your internets to other devices
- Cellular Data Usage: Showing how much data you’ve used (in MB and GB)
- Use Cellular Data For: Apps that have permission to use your cellular data
- Wi-Fi Assist: Automatically enables data when default Wi-Fi is weak
- and Reset Statistics: Start your data usage from 0
If you didn’t know some of these features exist, now you know. These functions let you take charge of the outcome of your cellular data report.
Setting up a Mobile Data Limit
I think the default control features mentioned above are enough for you to prevent from going over your data limit.
However, it’s always good to have a system in place to stay on top of your data game and helps you control your usage. This is when you will need CellularMonitor. A recently released jailbreak tweak that disables your data when a limit is reached, and it does it automatically.
There are two main features in this tweak:
- Set a point where you will receive an alert
- Set a point where cellular will disable itself
So, for example, your carrier only give you 2.5GB per month. You will assign a limit number of 1.5GB to CellularMonitor so that it give you an alert when you crossed this figure. Then, assign another number such as 2.3GB so that the tweak will turn off your cellular data right away when you’ve used enough data.
So it seems like I was partially wrong about how this tweak works. All you need to do is input your current usage and insert your next reset day. After that, CellularMonitor will send out three warnings during the following stages.
- First warning: Used half you data allowance.
- Second warning: Used over three quarters of your allowance.
- Final warning: Almost used all of your data. Cellular Data is now disabled to protect from going over.
For more information, check out this post on Reddit.
CellularMonitor tweak is currently in beta and you can get it by adding this repository: http://repo.laughingquoll.net/