Today is the 17th of the month so, as happens on every 17th, a reminder has popped up on my iPhone. This reminder tells me to 'Reset Cellular Usage'.
Why have I set myself this reminder and what does it mean?
On my phone, I have a 5GB allowance for cellular data each month, starting on the 17th of the month. (Note. 'Mobile' data and 'Cellular' data are the same thing.)
Most months, this is completely sufficient for my needs. But, there are some months when I use more mobile data and fly close to my monthly limit. this is usually when I use my Personal Hotspot to provide internet 'on the go' to my MacBook.
I like to be able to see just what apps and features on my iPhone are the main culprits for mobile data usage each month. I make sure that those that don't really need to use this data allowance are disabled from using cellular data and can only operate on WiFi.
The easiest way to track my total data usage for the month and my app-by-app and feature-by-feature usage is to reset the mobile data usage stats on the first day of my billing cycle - ie the 17th.
This can be done from Settings -> Mobile (or Cellular). Simply go to the bottom of that option's screen and tap Reset Statistics.
Each apps' usage stats will reset to zero, so that you can see how much they use from that point forward.
For those of your who need more information about what could be wasting your mobile data, here is another article
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