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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Datally: How to Save Data with this Amazing App from Google


Do you sweat because of frequent insufficient data notifications? Or are apps on your phone sucking the life out of the data you pay for? Well, it’s something virtually everyone faces, and thus demands a solution. Luckily for you, you can overcome this by using Datally.

Google developed Datally, a mobile app, to help users manage and save data usage on their phones. It offers unique features and flexible options to help manage how you use mobile data. Especially for users where free data services are limited, this app proves to be an asset.

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These days, the internet has become our second community, to some a major social village for reaching loved ones. However, accessing internet services require the availability of data, whether mobile data or roaming data.

Because with data (and sometimes Wi-Fi connections), you can tweet your friends, stream YouTube videos, send/receive emails, search for information, read news and do many other things. These keep you abreast of trends in this ‘Global village’.

However, data is cost-intensive and not everyone can afford data plans that last long, though there are tailored plans. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) charge a lot of money and place expiry dates on them to make you subscribe regularly.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to stay away from using data services, especially in this information age. Hence, you need available means to manage or save data and reduce cost.

There are several data saving tips such as reducing the pixels of online videos, turning off auto apps update, resizing photos before uploading, stopping background data usage, among others.

But these require manual and time-consuming efforts to achieve. Hence, a more convenient approach is needed. And one of such is the use of an app called Datally, to automate some of your data saving efforts.

You will discover how to save mobile save by using this app. However, let’s get to know this app better.

What is Datally?

Google developed Datally as a mobile app to help you tackle some of the data usage concerns. For instance, you can easily discover and stop apps that use data in the background. This is not that easy for some to do manually.

It integrates easy-to-understand features, flexible options and a simple interface to help you control these features. Its flexibility makes it an ideal app for saving data. More so, there is support for screen readers to improve accessibility.

When you install, grant permission to this app and turn on Data Saver, it automatically creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This allows the app to control how apps use data on your phone. Most importantly, you can turn off data usage right from within the app because of the permission you have granted.

The VPN the app creates turns off when you equally turn off Data Saver.

Generally, this app offers you the tools and options to:
  • Decide the apps that should have a particular access level to data on your phone.
  • Set data limits for hotspot and guest users.
  • Avoid data exhaustion during emergency
  • View how apps and processes use mobile data on your phone.
  • Reduce data usage during periods of inactivity, e.g. bedtime.

You can choose to say that Datally is a comprehensive data saving and management app that eclipses the need to stay within budget. Even with sufficient budget, it’s useful to keep track of how you use data every day. And that’s exactly what this app does!

So, Google has offered users the opportunity to use data without fear of runout.

Datally App Download

To get started with this app, you need to download and install it on your phone. And the best place to get it is the official Google Play Store since Google developed the app.
Alternatively, you can download it from Amazon App Store or Apple Store.
Tap on any of the links above to download the app.

How to Save Data with Datally

Here, I’ll show you how to save data with this app by setting a few options. Generally, Datally offers you the opportunity to manage how apps and other processes utilise data.
So, I’ll describe how you can use these features to set limits on what you want.

Turn on Data Saving
To begin, you need to launch Datally and turn on data saving by tapping Data Saver off. Once you turn on the saver, the button’s colour will change to green.


Turn on Data Saver


You can turn off this feature anytime. Turning it off will mean that the app no longer tracks and saves data usage.

Now that Data Saver is on, let’s set a few options to save data.

1. Turn on/off Data Saver for some apps

To get started, you need to decide on which apps Datally should track. This is because some apps need to use data as often as required without interruption, e.g. the OS, Launcher, Email Apps, among others.

To help you out, categorise your apps into two: those with relevant notifications, and those whose notifications aren’t too important.

Personally, I have a few apps in these categories given below:

Important notifications
  • Android OS
  • Launcher
  • Email
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Avast Mobile Security
  • Calendar


Less Important Notifications
  • Facebook App
  • Google Chrome
  • Telegram
  • Google Drive
  • YouTube
  • Xender


The above are just a few of the apps that fall into these categories based on my needs.
Apps you categorise as important will deliver real-time notifications, while the notifications from other apps (less important) will only be available when you launch or open them.

So, having categorised your apps, turn on or turn off data saving for each of the apps, though Datally does that automatically. However, you need to go through and change a few options to meet your needs.

Step:


Turn on/off data saver for apps
On the dashboard, tap Manage data. Next, scroll down and swipe left or right of an individual app to turn on or turn off app tracking for each of the apps.
Datally will save Data usage by apps with less important notifications.

2. Setting Daily Limit

This is another way of saving data with this app. By setting daily limits, you’ll be able to control how much data you use each day.

Better still, you will be able to divide your monthly data plan to help you avoid both insufficient data and expiration.

For instance, if you subscribe for 5GB (5120MB) monthly plan in a 30-day month, you can set a daily limit of 170.7MB.

To set daily limit, return to the dashboard of the app (or launch the app if you have closed it). Then follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Tap on Daily limit to open the screen with options for setting the limit.


Set data limit


Step 2:
Enter the maximum volume of data you want to use each day and select the unit, MB (for Megabyte(s) each day or GB (for Gigabytes(s) each day).

You can check the Automatically block data option if you want Datally to turn off data usage after reaching the limit.

I don’t advise that you do so, except you’re on a tight budget or have set the limit on your child’s phone as parental control.

Step 3:
Tap SET A DAILY LIMIT to activate this feature. A checked icon will appear at the top to indicate that you have activated daily limit.

You can always edit this limit after setting it. To do so, tap Edit beneath the usage meter and input the new value.

3. Activating Bedtime Mode

In case you don’t know, your phone keeps using data while you are asleep. This might be unnecessary. Thus, you need to deactivate data usage while sleeping, especially during the night.

The Bedtime mode feature allows you to set hours during when the app should deactivate data usage.
To use this feature, do these:

Activate bedtime mode

Step 1:
On Datally’s dashboard, tap Bedtime mode to open the options for setting this feature.

Step 2:
Select the bedtime duration by setting the start and end times. For instance, 12:00am to 04:00am.

Step 3:
Tap TURN ON BEDTIME MODE to activate this feature.

To edit the duration, first turn off Bedtime mode and then set the duration.

4. Setting an Emergency Data

It’s actually not advisable to divide all of your monthly data into the daily limit because there might days when you need more than the limit.

As a result, you have to set aside data for emergency use, whenever the need arises.
To set emergency data, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Tap Emergency bank on the dashboard. This will option the options for setting this feature.


Set Emergency Details


Step 2:
Next, tap ADD BALANCE DETAILS to display the form for these details.


Add details and activate


Step 3:
Here, you have three fields:
  • Enter the volume of emergency data, be it MB or GB
  • Enter your current data balance, MB or GB
  • Select the expiry date of your current data plan.



Once you’re through with these options, tap Confirm.
As usual, you can edit or turn off this feature whenever you desire.

5. Block Apps from real-time Data usage

One good feature about Datally is the fact that you can monitor, in real-time, how a particular app is using data. This is useful in deciding whether to stop the app or block it completely.

You can see this by turning on the Bubble tracker feature.

When you turn on this feature, a tracker icon will stay afloat of your phone’s screen, detailing the data volume an active app is using.

Let’s turn on this feature…


Real-time data tracking


Step 1:
On the dashboard, tap Bubble tracker. This will open the tracker window.

Step 2:
To display real-time usage, select Live usage, but if you desire to view the overall daily usage, select Daily usage.

Then tap SHOW BUBBLE. This will display the bubble icon on the screen irrespective of the app you open.

6. Set limits for hotspot users

Sometimes, you might want to share your internet connection with others or share your mobile data with a laptop or other gadgets, but want to decide the volume of data to share.

This will save you from heavy data cost. I’m not, however, encouraging you to be stingy, haha! It’s just a way to stay clean with a tight budget – lol.

To set hotspot limits activate the Track hotspot feature,

Let’s see how it works…


Set limit for hotspot users


Step 1:
Tap Track hotspot on the dashboard to open the options window.

Step 2:
Enter the data limit in MB or GB for hotspot users. Then tap TRACK HOTSPOT to activate the tracking feature.

You can view the usage right from there on the meter if anyone has connected to the hotspot.

7. Establish Data limits for guests

Imagine that you gave your phone to someone who wants to use internet services, maybe visit a website, download a document, send an email, or do something related to data usage. You had loved to establish the maximum volume of data he/she should use.

Datally gives you the option to set limits for guest users such that when they exhaust the data limit you set, internet connectivity turns off.

This feature might equally be useful for controlling how kids use your phone to access internet resources.

Unlike other features, Guest Mode is tucked away from the dashboard. To use this feature, follow these steps:


Set limits for Guest user


Step 1:
On the dashboard, tap the mobile menu icon (three horizontal bars) at the top left corner to display menu options. Then, tap Guest mode.

Step 2:
Input the data limit for guests and check Include password if you want a security access. Provide and confirm password, then, tap TURN ON GUEST MODE at the base to activate the feature.

The password ensures that the guest doesn’t reset the data limit without your permission, especially for those who know about the app.

Note:
You only need to turn the Guest mode on if you’re handing over your phone to a guest. Otherwise, turn it off in order to enable Data Saver.

8. Data Usage Reports

The last feature Datally offers is data usage reports. And I’m pretty sure you have noticed several reports while turning on some of the features.

In case you didn’t turn on any of the data-saving features and observe the data report.

Most of the reports are in a meter or gauge format with the minimum usage value from the left.

However, you can access the overall data usage report of your phone from the Manage data feature.
Simply tap on it and view the report at the top. You can select daily, weekly or monthly view to see how you used data for the selected period.

Conclusion

Saving data is something everyone would love to do because of the cost involved in purchasing data plans. Doing that manually by freezing some apps, toggling data on and off, and so on can be demanding.

Luckily, Google has taken much of the work from users by developing datally to help you automate most of the data saving processes.

More so, it’s free to use without ads. So, enjoy using the app to maximise income while accessing most of the internet services every day.

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