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Review: Onavo – Monitor Your Data Usage

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Many of us outspend out Data usage from out set plans from out phone carriers. If you’re looking to find a way to lower your charges and maybe even save some data usage. Consider using Onavo, an app that supposedly helps monitor your data usage. I’m sure this app can be really helpful but I have a few suspicions of it due to how complex it is to set up and get set up to track your data usage straight to the number. I would not use this app as a way to always monitor your data usage as it will not be as accurate you think it is.

Onavo will give you a good idea of how much you’ve used. It does not however, track every last bit of it. I personally did studies on Android Development and some of the books I’ve read from professional programmers have said that it is impossible to track the exact data usage. Only your carrier can track the full amount. If Samsung developed a widget or something to do that that would also be able to track the full amount, but an everyday developer cannot.

Onavo is a great tool to see which apps are taking a lot of data and giving you a pretty good idea as to how much data you’re using. Obviously you can get the amount of data you’ve used from your carrier by sending in the USSD text message. Usually it’s something like “View AT&T Data Usage.” AT&T will then send you an automated messaged with how much you have used. Onavo can’t do that, but again, it can see which apps are complete data hogs.

One really cool thing that Onavo can do is block apps that are data hogs. You can restrict specific apps to Wi-Fi only use or even block your data connection altogether to avoid any addition costs if you’ve almost maxed out. Onavo comes with a really cool widget that tracks Live Usage. It will tell you what apps are using your data and the most data in the moment. You could also use the App Watch widget from Onavo (comes with the Onavo app) to swiftly browse through all your apps that are using data in general.

The setup is pretty simple, it’s your standard enter in your billing cycle costs and monthly cap. You’re then good to go and ready to start using Onavo.

This is a great app to give you a good idea of how much you’re using but the app cannot directly connect to AT&T, Verizon or any other carriers servers. They don’t have that permission, therefore, if you want an accurate data statement, getting a text message from your carrier is your best bet. If you’re just looking for a general idea, Onavo is perfect for that use.

Onavo is a very stable app with little no bug problems. I do suggest using it if you’re looking to once again, get a general idea of your data usage. I do not however, suggest using it as your main source of information as a lot of the time it is false.