Republic Wireless is all about your data usage. With Wi-Fi available, we do not need to pay extra for large amounts of cell data. With newer and faster phones however, we start using more apps and data just slips away sometimes. Luckily, there are ways to monitor your usage and minimize your usage and monthly costs.
If you just need to see where your data is going, there are a few different methods.
Built into Android, you have your data counter. It can provide basic information about the data you use. You can find this in the Settings App, Data Usage, and then Cellular Data Usage.
Republic Wireless also can help provide you with tools inside the Republic Wireless app. The remaining data here is more precise as it is directly from the source. You can also see how much data each app has used.
Third Party Data Monitor Apps can also help you with more features. Apps such as My Data Manger can keep track of your data similar to the built in options. However, you get additional features such as your daily budget (how much you can use that day so you do not go over at the end of the month) as well as widgets or notifications that show you the data clearly.
If you are like me, you might start watching a video and not realize you are on cell data. Some other apps can help you monitor and stop you from using your data. These apps use the VPN feature built in to route all data though itself first before it goes out to the internet. This allows the app to stop data but means you have to trust it as it can see all the data as well.
Note! The Republic Wireless app is the main app doing the heavy lifting for calling and texting. It uses a bit of data (not charged to you) to make things work . Data Freeze is the official way to block data but still ensuring your phone calls can still process though as apposed to just turning off cell data. If you use another app such as the ones below, make sure to allow the Republic Wireless app to bypass the block.
Datally from Google the app I use now to protect my data from myself. Basic features is that it can track your usage. However, it also includes features to block data in the background as well as remind me that the app I’m playing with is using data.
NetGuard is a more feature full blocking app that I have tested. For saving data, it is overkill in a way but for the people who want every detail customized, you can set it up so an app has data or is blocked on wifi or cell or even if the screen is on or off.
Have your own favorite app? Let us know and how it saves you data.