Google introduces Datally, an Android app for monitoring how you consume your mobile data, and helping you control it.
Datally shows you, in real-time, how much data any application you’re using has consumed up to that point.
It will show which apps are using data the most and at what times your data is getting used up; it’ll also recommend ways to cut down data usage based on your own activity.
There’s a big button at the top of the app that lets you stop all background data usage, so only the app that’s actively onscreen can use mobile data.
It also has a WiFi search feature, that helps you to locate WiFi hotspots near you if you’re running out of data.
Google says the app can help you save up to 30% of your data, and you can give it a try by downloading it here.
Majority of its functions are not new to Android users, but the packaging and simplicity should entice many to use it.
Datally’s product manager, Josh Woodward, says user behavior towards data management prompted the creation of the app.
In Delhi, Lagos, and Buenos Aires, Woodard said his team saw people who would keep their phone on airplane mode at all times to prevent data usage. When they wanted to check their notifications, they’d turn airplane mode off, let all the info rush in, and then turn airplane mode back on while they looked over the new information.
“A bunch of us on the team spent a lot of time on long flights observing people in their homes, bus stations, classrooms, and kept seeing this airplane mode behavior,” Woodward told The Verge.
Datally is available to any phone running Android 5.0 or higher.