Manage Mobile Data on a Samsung Galaxy S8

Edited by Jay

All modern smartphones are pretty reliant on the internet to maximize their potential and make use of the device's features. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two of the most advanced phones available on the market today. They offer users exceptional control over network connectivity for; WiFi, Mobile data, and Bluetooth connections.

Pretty much all major carriers that offer or support the Galaxy S8/S8+ ensure that a data plan is required to use the device on their network. This is important because without any data the device would only be able to connect to the internet when WiFi is available. That said, not all data plans are created equal. If you're on a limited plan, watching your data usage is extremely important. Some carriers can charge quite a lot when their customers surpass their mobile data limit.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ allows users to not only monitor their mobile and WiFi data but also set warnings and limits. There is also a feature called Data Saver, which allows users to choose which apps send and receive data in the background.

In the following tutorial, we'll go through each option inside the Mobile data section, on a Samsung Galaxy S8, running Android Nougat.


Data Saver

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    On the home screen, swipe upwards to get into the S8's app drawer.
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    From the app drawer, locate and tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the main Settings screen, tap "Connections".
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    While on CONNECTIONS, tap "Data usage".
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    Here on the DATA USAGE screen, tap "Data saver".
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    To enable Data saver, toggle the switch in the upper right corner. Data saver will help reduce the amount of mobile data that gets used by applications running in the background. You'll also see how many apps are currently allowed without restrictions.
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    To select apps that will always send and receive data in the background while Data saver is enabled, tap "Apps while Data saver on".
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    First, to see which apps are already allowed, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Show allowed apps first".
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    Now every application that is currently allowed will be list first. To add a new application to the Allowed list, toggle the switch next to it. To remove an app from the Allowed list, toggle the switch to the off position.
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Enable Mobile Data, Mobile Data Usage, Billing Cycle and Data Warning

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    While still on the DATA USAGE screen, toggle the switch next to "Mobile data" to turn it on. Some mobile carriers require that mobile data be enabled to be able to send MMS messages, even if connected to WiFi.
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    To view how much mobile data is getting used, as well as the app usage breakdown, tap "Mobile data usage".
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    On the MOBILE DATA USAGE screen, you'll see a chart near the top that represents your data usage for the current billing cycle.
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    To view data usage for previous months, tap the drop-down triangle next to the current period, then select billing cycle from the past.
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    To see a specific app's usage, tap it from the list below the graph.
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    Once on the app's DATA USAGE screen, you'll see how much data has been used in total, in the foreground, and in the background, for the current billing period. To change the period, tap the drop-down triangle. Toggle the switch next to, "Allow background data usage", and the app will send and receive information while in the background. You can also allow the app while Data saver is on, by tapping the switch next to "Allow app while data saver on".
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    Head back to the main DATA USAGE screen and tap "Billing cycle and data warning".
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    Here on the BILLING CYCLE AND DATA WARNING" SCREEN, you can change the start date to your billing period. Tap "Start billing cycle on", select a day when the pop-up appears, then tap "SET".
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    To set a warning for when you reach a certain amount of data, tap "Data warning", then set the number in GB or MB when the pop-up appears.
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    You can also set a limit on how much data your device will use. First, toggle the switch next to "Set data limit". Next, tap "Data limit", then set the number in GB or MB when the pop-up appears.
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WiFi Data Usage, Restrict Networks

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    To view how much data you've used over WiFi, go the DATA USAGE SCREEN and tap, "WiFi data usage".
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    On the WiFi DATA USAGE screen, you'll see a chart for the current period, just as we did on the Mobile data usage screen. To change the period, tap the drop-down arrow, then select a cycle from the past.
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    To see how much data is getting used while connected to WiFi for a particular app, tap the application below the graph.
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    On the app's DATA USAGE screen, you'll see how much data has been used in the current cycle. To allow the app to use data in the background, tap the switch next to "Allow background data usage". To let the app use data while on WiFi when Data saver is on, tap the switch next to "Allow app while Data saver on".
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    From the DATA USAGE screen, you can access the app's settings by tapping, "View app settings". In our example, we selected YouTube because there is a setting specific to data usage. Toggle the switch next to "Limit mobile data usage", and you'll only stream HD video when connected to WiFi.
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    Back on the main DATA USAGE screen, tap "Restricted networks".
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    Any network that is enabled in this list will restrict apps from sending and receiving data in the background.
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