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Use Data Sense to manage data usage

As unlimited mobile data plans become less common, it's more important than ever to understand how much cellular data your phone is using. That's where Data Sense comes in.

Data Sense shows a detailed breakdown of data usage on your Windows Phone and helps you avoid unexpected charges by indicating when you're nearing your data plan limit. It can also help by putting off data-intensive tasks until you're connected to Wi-Fi.

Tracking your data usage

Some mobile operators may automatically configure Data Sense with your plan info. If not, you'll need to manually enter it so Data Sense can start tracking how much cellular data your phone is using during each billing cycle.

To set up Data Sense

  1. In the App list, tap Data Sense 

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    , then tap Set limit.

  2. Under Limit type, tap one of the following:

    • If you have a preset amount of data to use and the data will expire at a specific date, tap One time.
    • If you have a limited amount of data you can use each month before you're charged for overages, tap Monthly.
    • If you have unlimited data but still want to track your usage, tap Unlimited.
  3. If you chose One time or Monthly, tap the available lists to enter values and dates that match your data plan.

  4. Tap Done 

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Conserving data with Data Sense

Data Sense limits the amount of background data your phone uses. Many apps and phone features are designed to automatically fetch info behind the scenes as a convenience (think of an email app regularly checking for new messages, for example). With Data Sense, you can choose when to limit this kind of activity.

To restrict background data automatically

  1. In the App list, tap Data Sense 

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  2. Tap Settings 

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    , turn on Restrict background data 
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    , and then do one of the following:

    • To restrict background data when you're getting near your limit, tap When I'm near my limit.
    • To always restrict background data, tap Always.
  3. To restrict background data when you're roaming, turn on Restrict background data when roaming 

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Article ID: 10655 - Last Review: Jun 27, 2016 - Revision: 20