Access to the internet is essential in this day and age as almost nothing can be done without internet data. Whether you want to catch up with your friends on social networking sites, access files via Google Drive or Dropbox or you want to play online games, you would need internet data. This is why it's important that you keep checks and balances on the internet data you are using every day. It can help you in ensuring that you stay within your budget and only use the internet when you are covered with your internet package. Moreover, monitoring your data usage would also help in understanding where you are using your data and it can help in minimizing internet usage where you aren't achieving much but are losing a lot of your data MBs. 3G Watchdog is a data usage app which can effectively control your mobile internet as well as your WiFi so that you don't have to worry about overusing your internet data before the end of the package period.
The app has a great flow to it and offers a fine introduction of the features it would offer you as soon as you launch the app. The introduction page lets you know that the app will install an icon in the notification bar with its green, orange and red data indications showing the consumption of data. It also introduces you to the widgets which you can install on your display screen if you want. Afterward, it takes you to the Settings page where you can define our internet plan. You can give the data usage app the starting data as well as your data quota and the time period across which you can use it. You can also decide the level at which the app should alert you regarding data usage. If you want to enable the app to stop your data usage as well, you would have to root your phone and give it this permission. The frequency with which the app updates the usage of your data is also up to you while you can also decide on the visibility of the notification icon as well as play with the screen layout of the app. Other customization apps include deciding the features that should be available in the widget itself. There are some advanced features as well which let you change the way the app decides between data classified for roaming service and data classified as mobile internet service.
The watchdog app main screen has a simple layout and it informs you about the internet usage breakdown per, per week and per month. It tells you about mobile, WiFi and roaming data usage and also lets you know whether you are on track with your plan or not. You can also get a real-time display of the data being consumed by each app over mobile, WiFi and roaming connection. This proves especially useful as you can easily check on the apps which are eating too much of your data and aren't really necessary for you. You can kill these apps or even delete them if they are unnecessary in order to save your data and use it where it's actually needed.
- A wonderful tutorial that explains the app's widgets and notification bar icon
- Great customization options to select everything from the data quota to the look and feel of the main page
- Great breakdown of data usage with regards to all listed apps so that you know all about the apps hogging your data
- Nice real-time display graphic of the data being consumed with an identification of how much each app is consuming at a particular time
If you want to monitor your data usage and ensure your mobile and WiFi data isn't wasted on items you don't even know about then 3G Watchdog is a great app. It monitors data, ensures that it alerts you about it as you decide and also provides you with tracking of data by the app so that you can easily identify apps which are using too much of your data!