How to set Data usage warnings on iOS

Controlling your data usage is essential. You don’t want to pay more than you should for an already expensive package. And in today’s tech, where pretty much everything’s connected to the internet, you can ‘waste’ a huge portion of your data without even knowing it.

That makes keeping track of all those spent megabytes and gigabytes tricky, especially in iOS. Because the way your iPhone allows you to control your data is not really convenient, to say the least.

Sure, you can always go to the Data section of Settings to check the consumption, but that’s pretty much it. And I’m almost certain you’ll forget to check the data usage one day, and you’ll go over the limit. For example, Android pushes data limit warnings to users in form of notifications. But sadly, that’s not the case with iOS for some reason. Despite users’ requests, Apple still hasn’t included this feature in iOS (maybe we’ll finally see it in iOS 13). So, you’re on your own when it comes to measuring your mileage.

Now that you know you simply can’t get a notification when you’re nearing the data limit, let’s look for some alternatives that can bring the data usage before your eyes, so you don’t forget to slow down when nearing the limit.

Use Traffic Monitor

Since iOS is not designed to push data limit warnings in form of notifications, the closest thing to push alerts is installing a third-party. There are numerous data managers that will give you deep insight into your data usage. But do you really need all that insightful info? If you ask me, the majority of users are just interested in how much data they have left for this month. And for that purpose, a simple widget will get the job done.

That’s why I’ve chosen the Traffic Monitor app (this post is not sponsored by them). This app offers all you need for managing your monthly data usage. Of course, it offers deep insights into your daily and monthly internet usage, but it also includes two things that are most important to us, and these are a widget and the ability to send push notifications.

With just a little amount of work, you won’t have to worry about exceeding your limit anymore. The first thing you’ll want to do is to open the app (obviously, install it first), and go to Settings. Here you can set both Daily and Monthly cellular traffic limits. After you’ve done determining the limits, scroll down, and toggle the alerts on. You can enable both Daily and Monthly traffic alerts. And finally, choose the thresholds of when you want to receive the alert.

That’s all for setting up the alerts. Now, let’s set up a widget, so you can have the necessary info about your daily/monthly internet usage at hand. Unfortunately, Traffic Monitor’s widget is still not optimized for iOS 14 (at the time of writing this article). That means you can’t insert its widget on the Home Screen or Today View, like you would other widgets. Instead, you’ll have to in a container for uncool wigets from apps that haven’t been updated to work with iOS 14 yet (I’m sorry, I really don’t know how Apple officially calls this widget area, I hope it won’t make me look less credible in your eyes).

To do so, go to Today View, scroll all the way down, and tap Edit. Now, tap Customize, and find the widget called Traffic Monitor – Usage. Tap to add it to the widgets area, and you’re done. This widget will now tell you how much data have you consumed during the day/month.

That’s about it. Do you know about some other, maybe more convenient way of getting that data warning? If so, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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September 1, 2020 11:32 am

Love how we can set alerts and data cutoffs on our Samsung Galaxy 9plus on Android. Shame that Apple does not offer this feature for our iPhone 11. But your app + widget suggestion is a great work-around solution. Thanks for the great tip!