Google has officially announced Datally, a companion app to help you manage and control your mobile data. It’s actually been tested in the Phillippines for the past few months, but this marks the app’s global release to all Android devices.
The app is actually really cool, although it sorta feels like something that should be built right into Android. It allows you to monitor your mobile data usage in multiple graphs, including daily, weekly, and monthly usage, plus tweak and control the usage itself. You can block background data, or block a specific app if it’s starting to use too much. It will also alert you if you’re near public wifi to help you offload some of the data usage onto another network.
- Understand your data. See your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis and get personalized recommendations for how you can save more.
- Control your data. Turn on the Data Saver bubble to block background data usage and track real-time data usage while using each of your apps—it’s like a speedometer for your data. You can also block data with one tap if an app’s data usage gets out of control.
- Save your data. Sometimes you just need a little more than what you’ve got on your data plan. Datally will tell you if you’re near public Wi-Fi and help you connect. Once you’re done, don’t forget to rate the network quality to help other users.
Many of us have started rolling back onto unlimited data plans, but for anyone who needs to avoid unexpected overages, Google’s option looks solid. You can find the download below, although you do need to be running Android 5.0 or higher to use it.