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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Google's Newest App Helps You Ration Your Mobile Data


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Mobile data is many times faster than it used to be, but that just makes it easier to bump up against your monthly limit. A single rogue app could blow through your data cap in a matter of days. So, what can you do? Android includes some data tracking tools, many of which are buried deep in the settings. Google's latest app puts those features front and center, and it adds some new things to the mix. It might be just what you need to ration your bits.

The app is called Datally, but some might know it as "Triangle." That's what Google called the app during a recent geo-limited beta test in a few Asian nations. With the end of that test, Datally has become available in all regions and on all devices. It plugs into the stats already collected by your phone, so it will provide insight into your data usage immediately after installation.

Datally tracks data usage by app and time, allowing you to see what used data and when it happened. In addition to tracking your data usage, Datally can help control it. It includes a built-in feature called Data Saver. Again, this is also hidden in the settings of your phone, but it's not very easy to access. Datally uses a VPN to control which apps can access data in the background, and none of them can by default. That'll certainly cut down on your data usage.





Ryan Whitwam


Datally in action

With Data Saver active, only apps that you open in the foreground can use mobile data. There's also a floating icon that shows you how much they've used in the current session. Apps can be completely blocked via the floating UI if you want to prevent any data usage.


Datally still works as a mobile data tracker even if you don't want to use the blocking features. It's free and could even save you money if you have a capped plan or are traveling internationally.

Source: Ryan Whitwam - Forbes

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