Android tip: Keep track of WiFi data usage, too

WiFi data usageFor the last several iterations of Android, it has been possible to quickly and easy keep track of mobile data usage through the settings menu, and even restrict background app data usage on an app-by-app basis. For the truly nerdy, this isn’t necessarily enough – many power users are also interested in keeping track of their data usage over WiFi, as well.

On stock Android, this option isn’t enabled by default, but it’s easy enough to do. Simply navigate to Settings > Data usage, and press the three-dot options button at the top of your screen. Make sure Show Wi-Fi usage is selected.

This process, of course, may be slightly different depending on your manufacturer skins (like HTC Sesne or Samsung’s TouchWiz) or version of Android.

Going forward, you’ll now have a WiFi tab on your data usage screen, next to the mobile data tab. Are you surprised by how much – or how little – WiFi data you are actually using in a month?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

5 thoughts on “Android tip: Keep track of WiFi data usage, too

  • August 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Great tip! I wasn’t aware of this!

  • August 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Is there any actual need to keep track of your WiFi usage? I can easily see the reason for keeping track of one’s mobile data usage – to avoid overages – but WiFi?

    Or is it simply for the sake of being nerdilicious (TM)?

    • August 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

      I can see data flowing through my router. But with 3 computers, 4 tablets, and 3 smartphones in the house, and none of them is in use…which one is using data?
      I suspect my Windows machines, but with no data counters, I don’t know for sure.
      Maybe this option would provide a tool for tracking down which one, and why.
      Thats how I would use it.

      • August 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

        I also think it’s helpful to get an idea of the TOTAL amount of data your phone uses, period. This would be a good to determine what kind of data plan you’ll need during a time you might temporarily be away from WiFi, for example.


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