Tip: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Data Monitor Setting–Limit Individual App Data Usage

Posted on Apr 11 2012 - 5:58pm by Brian

One really nifty feature of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II is the integrated data monitoring feature. Rather than having to download a separate widget or application to monitor your data use, you can use the built in settings to track data usage as well as set alerts for overuse.

To access your data monitoring settings, hit Menu > System Settings:

From here you can see (turn on your data if it isn’t already on) a graph of your mobile data usage over time. Tick the “Set mobile data limit” so that you can toggle the data warning and limit sliders. Simply drag the tabs to change at what point you would like to 1) receive a usage warning and 2) activate a cap on data usage. In this view you can also view your total usage within a set period of time by sliding the two tabs at the bottom of the chart–the readout is also at the bottom: I used about 64.57MB from March 21st to April 11th.

If you scroll down more, you can see individual app’s data usage, ordered from highest to lowest. If you click an application, it will show you a similar data usage chart but tailored to each app. You can prevent applications from using background data by ticking the box at the bottom of the menu. This will allow users with 200MB plans to carefully monitor their data usage and easily stay below their caps.

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. CJ August 17, 2012 at 6:08 am -

    Hi!, Just a small tip, just in case helps somebody. I followed the advices above, and i realized that, once you turn on the data limit feature, you have the choice to turn the background data off for each application one by one, or all together just pressing (in my galaxy note), the left menu button and turning off the option at the small popup that appears, just as i used to do with gingerbread version. Nice to know we don’t lose this feature under ICS. Whatsapp and viber works perfectly with this background data disabled… When i open facebook i get the comments and everything as i do it in my PC. Works perfect for me!

  2. Kelsey August 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm -

    Thank you so much for this post! I updated to ICS last week and blew through my 200MB limit within a day. They really should warn us about this with the download. Now I don’t have to worry anymore!

  3. Brian May 7, 2012 at 9:35 am -

    Disabling background data would prevent those apps from receiving incoming messages except when connected to a wifi network

  4. Galaxy S 2 May 6, 2012 at 8:21 am -

    Hi, thanks for that summary.
    Do you know if disabling background data for a particular app such as a chat application (What’sApp, Viber etc.) would disturb outgoing and incoming messages?
    And if so, would it still do so if background data was disabled but connected to wi-fi as opposed to Data Network?

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