One just can't wait to load their newly purchased Android smartphone with varying apps, ranging from games and battery savers to task managers and just about everything else that comes to mind. These apps aim at not only simplifying our chores, but also serving as a source of entertainment and they often end up hogging data, which eventually make our precisely chosen data plan go for a toss. Fret not, as just like everything else, there’s an app to monitor which apps consume more data, keep a tab on the data you’ve used up, and more. We’ve picked the top 5 apps to help monitor mobile Internet data usage. Take a look. 

Stops bloating data bills...

Stops bloating data bills…

3G Watchdog – Free, INR153.93
This popular app has been rightly named as it guards your mobile Internet usage and saves you from inflated bills. The 3G Watchdog monitors your Mobile Internet (4G/3G/Edge/GPRS) data usage and brings to the table a detailed report about your usage. The app neatly segregates your total plan usage into a week, month and the current day’s usage. It displays the complete usage on the main screen. If you don’t want to cross a specific set limit of data per month, then simply set up quota counters. Then, there is the homescreen widget and a graph showing the complete usage, for further convenience. Users can also choose to upgrade to the paid version.

My Data Manager – Free
This is yet another plan that vies at enabling users to utilize their data plan more efficiently and save money. It takes complete control of your mobile data and usage, helping you avoid hefty phone bill or inefficient use of the data plan. It automatically monitors the amount of data that an app is using and also sets usage alarms, which will avoid overage charges. Simple and easy to understand visualizations help track historical app time and app usage. All in all, it promises to help you get the most out of your data plan. 

Apps..for about everything...

Apps..for just about everything…

Traffic Monitor – Free
Traffic Monitor is apt for keeping a tab on the mobile data traffic, and is accompanied by a speedometer and task manager. It measures data traffic consumed by Wi-Fi as well as cellular interface, and is capable of measuring download and upload throughput. For those who want to know how much data they’ve been consuming,  there’s the traffic summary for the current day, week and month. Moreover, it also offers statistics per application with history for current and last day as well as current and last month. The Traffic Monitor Plus, further adds SMS counter and phone call counter as well. Both these apps can be downloaded at absolutely no cost.

 Onavo – Free
Here’s another app that promises to safeguard you from those huge data bills. This data monitoring app monitors as well as controls your data usage. It is easy to setup, has three brand new widgets, tailored alerts and automatic blocking tools. It alerts users about apps they’ve downloaded and have been hogging most of the data, which leads to bloated bills. The app has features which allow you to restrict certain apps to Wi-Fi or simply block 3G access once you finish the data plan. It also acts as a data plan watchdog to provide early alerts when usage reaches predefined limits. You can also check the Onavo Extend. 

Simple and neat...

Simple and neat…

Network TrafficStats – Free, INR108.47
This app swears by simplicity. It is simple and straightforward without any fancy features. It brings to you a neat and simple interface that flashes the Internet data eaten by each application. It shows the total traffic from GPRS, 3G, and Wi-Fi and puts to the fore the apps that are consuming most or all the mobile Internet data. Alongside monitoring network consumption per application, it also detects background traffic eaters. Users can try the trial version, and also choose to upgrade to the pro version by paying some additional moolah.

Do let us know if you have been using any of these apps. You can also recommend apps in the comments section below.

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