With Datally, Google’s mobile data-monitoring app, users can monitor and understand their usage, control which apps are using it, and suggest ways to save data while on the go. In a blog post, the company revealed it has added some new tools to Datally: Emergency bank and Bedtime mode.
Emergency bank saves some of your data, just in case you need it for later. All you have to do is enter your balance and how much data you’d like to save for emergency purposes, and Datally will keep your apps from using data automatically once you reach your emergency data allowance. You’re also in charge of when and how you use that emergency data.
There’s also Bedtime mode, which turns off all your phone’s data usage at night. The feature keeps apps from draining your data overnight while you’re asleep. You’re able to choose your bedtime and wake-up time, so that Datally knows when to turn Bedtime mode on and off.
Google added a few new features back in June as well. There’s a map function for Find Wi-Fi that uses Google Maps to show available Wi-Fi networks in your area, helping you to save data on the go by connecting to a public network. Daily limit sets a daily limit for data usage and gives users the ability to lock down their data usage for the rest of the day once the limit is exceeded.
That’s especially useful when you consider how much data tends to get used by apps that you aren’t even using — and Datally is cracking down on them too with the Unused apps function. Tap that button on your dashboard and Datally will display a list of apps using data that the user hasn’t opened. The user can then choose to uninstall any apps that are pulling data, but not being used. Finally, Guest mode helps users to restrict the amount of data a friend can use when they borrow your phone — password protecting your phone to ensure your data won’t be siphoned away.
The main screen of the app shows, in large numbers, exactly how much data you’ve used on that particular day, and which apps are using the most data. Flipping the Data Saver button at the top enables the app’s data-saving abilities, preventing apps from accessing the internet until you turn it back off. Got an app that needs to have access to the internet at all times? No problem; hitting Manage data will let you white list particular apps, making sure you’ll never be locked out of them.
Manage data also lets you see when users have used their data, and shows users their usage stats across various time periods, so if you’re on limited monthly data, you can check how much you have left before the end of the month. If you’re really up against the wall, you can tap the Find Wi-Fi button to find a list of connections in range, with user ratings and any available passwords.
Datally is currently available on the Google Play Store, free of charge. You’ll need to be on Android 5.0 Lollipop or above to use the app, so if you’re one of the many people still on a version of Android below that, then check out one of the many other data monitors currently available on the Play Store.
If you’re looking to save even more mobile data, or are on an iPhone, then check out our guide to saving your data on both Android and iOS. Or if you’re really sick of checking up on your usage, and you just want a constantly available connection, check out our list of the best unlimited data plans offered by carriers in the United States.
Updated August 23, 2018: Datally now includes two new features, Emergency bank and Bedtime mode.