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Managing your data usage

Keeping control of your data usage is an important way of staying on top of your costs – and it’s not as hard as you might think.

If you’re concerned that you’ve used more data than usual, or think you might exceed your monthly allowance, we have a range of Data Extras that allow you to increase your monthly allowance. You can add these in your My Vodafone account or in the My Vodafone app.

We can also help you manage your data usage in periods where you need to monitor your usage more closely, letting you enjoy your favourite apps and sites while giving you more control over the amount of data you’re using.

From restricting background data to other app-specific advice, here are a few tips and tricks to help you manage and understand your data usage.

Monitoring your data usage

We’ll always let you know when you’re getting close to your monthly data limit, and again when you’ve reached it.

You can keep an eye on your usage as you go using the My Vodafone app or by logging in to My Vodafone – so that you don’t have to worry about receiving these notifications.

It’s also useful to know which apps or features you use most of your mobile data on, so you can adjust the settings or usage. Most smartphones and tablets have an in-built data monitor which will show you where you’re using the most data.

Instructions depend on the make and model of your device but you can use these Apple and Android instructions as a guide:

Apple devices

Go to Settings and choose Mobile data. Then scroll down to Use Mobile Data for: where you can see how much data you use on each application.

Android devices

Go to Settings and choose Data usage. Here you can see where you’re using the most data and choose to add data alerts.

Need more data?

Choose, add, and remove Data Extras in My Vodafone – just look under Services and Extras. You can also manage Data Extras in the My Vodafone app.

If you find you’re often going over your limit, change to a plan with a bigger data allowance, or try adding a data cap to your existing plan.

If you’re a Pay as you go customer, you can also choose to add a Big Value Bundle which offers more data.

Need more help?

Chat with one of our advisers online, head into your nearest store or see what tips and answers are available in our community.