How to Avoid Data Overages on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Avoid Data Overages on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

An important issue for everyone using an Android phone, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is whether you’re about to burst through your monthly data quota. Mobile data surcharges can pinch the wallet, but your Android phone has a handy tool to help you avoid data overages. It’s the Data Usage screen.


To access the Data Usage screen, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Choose the Connections tab.

  3. Choose Data Usage.

The main screen is full of useful information and handy tools. The line chart informs you of your data usage over a specific period. You can touch the Data Usage Cycle button to set that timespan, for example, matching it up with your cellular provider’s monthly billing cycle.

The orange and red bars are used to remind you of how quickly you’re filling your plan’s data quota. Warning messages appear when total data usage passes one of the lines.

To set the limits, touch the graph on the screen. Use the tabs that appear to drag the limit lines (orange and red) up or down and to drag the data usage cycle lines left or right. You do need to activate the Set Mobile Data Limit item.

To review access for a specific app, scroll down the screen and choose it from those shown on the data usage screen. Only apps that access the network appear. After choosing the app, detailed information shows up, similar to what’s shown on the right in the example.

If you notice that the app is using more data than it should, touch the View App Settings button. You may be able to adjust some of the settings to curtail unintended Internet access.