How to set Data usage warnings in 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 DataFlow Manager

Since iOS is not designed to push data limit warnings in form of notifications, the closest thing to push alerts is getting a widget. 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 DataFlow Manager app (this post is not sponsored by them). Sure, this app also gives you deep insight into your monthly cycle of data usage, but that’s not what we’re focusing on here. DataFlow Manager simply has a very convenient, minimalistic widget, that shows the current state of your data plan.

That’s it, the whole philosophy. Just install the DataFlow Manager app, swipe to the Widgets area, and add its widget to the Notification center. The widget will show you the remaining data, along with how many days are left in the billing cycle.

There’s really nothing more to say about this widget. It’s practical, minimalistic, and shows what you want to know. It definitely poses as a worthy replacement to push notifications.

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!