How to Check your Wi-Fi Data Usage

By Ankit Kumar

Wondering how to keep a close eye on your Wi-Fi data usage?

It’s a common concern, as none of us want to be hit with unexpected data charges.

Fret not, however. In this article, I’m going to discuss some simple ways to fix the problem for you. Anyone, regardless of their technical knowledge, can monitor and manage their data use.

After reading this article, you will have the information and tools you need to keep track of your Wi-Fi data, so you won’t have any surprises on your bill. Let’s get right into it, then!


How to check your Wi-Fi data usage

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Method 1: Accessing the Router’s Admin Interface

Step 1: Go Online via Wi-Fi

Start by connecting your device to the Wi-Fi network you want to monitor. For me, it’s my trusted home network, where all my online activities take place.

Step 2: Launch a Web Browser.

Open up your web browser of choice. Chrome is my preferred browser, although Firefox and Edge also do the job.

Step 3: Access the router’s IP Address

The IP address of the router provides access to the data usage information. I found mine on a little label on the bottom of my router. While most people’s IP addresses will seem like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1, don’t be alarmed if yours looks different. Doing a Google search can also reveal your IP address.

Step 4: Sign into the Admin Interface

After entering the IP address, the router’s administrative interface will be accessible for use. Your login credentials are required for access. My router had a sticker with all of this information on it, but I’ve heard that other people have also found it in the manual.

Step 5: Navigate to Data Usage

Now comes the exciting part – looking for the data usage section. There are several names for this feature, including “Statistics,” “Traffic Monitor,” and “Data Usage.” Depending on the make and type of your router, the position and term may be different.

Step 6: Check Your Data Usage

The data consumption details may be found under the “Statistics” or similar section. This graph is a great representation of your data use over time. In addition, the devices that have been utilizing your Wi-Fi and how much data they have used will be listed.


Method 2: Using Third-Party Applications

There are a number of third-party applications available that may help you maintain tabs on your Wi-Fi data use in a more user-friendly and detailed manner. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Install the app

Get started right away by visiting your mobile device’s app store. In my opinion, using a trustworthy app is the best way to guarantee the security of your information and personal details. Apps like GlassWire, NetWorx, and Wireshark are some of the popular and reliable choices.

Step 2: Set it up

After downloading and installing the app of your choice, launch it. In order to make it work the way you want, you will have to sign up for an account.

Step 3: Grant permissions

To make sure the app can do its job effectively, you’ll typically need to grant it some permissions. This often includes allowing access to your network information.

Step 4: View usage data

After installation, the app will provide a clear breakdown of how much data you’ve used via Wi-Fi. You can see precisely where your data is going with these applications since they split down your consumption by device or application.


Method 3: Through Internet Service Provider (ISP) Tools

If you’re like me and wish there was an easy method to monitor how much data you’re using via Wi-Fi, your ISP may be a helpful ally. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Visit your ISP’s website and log in

To get started, go to the website of your Internet service provider and sign in. For me, it’s become a routine. As soon as I log in with my credentials, I get access to a great deal of data.

Step 2: Check for details on your data use

After logging in, go to the services or account management menu. This is where I’ve found reports detailing my data utilization, either as charts or tabular presentations.

Step 3: Explore ISP-provided mobile apps and SMS services

Some Internet service providers (ISPs) even provide dedicated mobile applications or SMS services for monitoring data use, which is really helpful. These apps often come with added features like network management.

Some users have reported that they have used these applications to create guest networks and even to schedule Wi-Fi shutdowns, praising the apps for their convenience and ease of use.


Method 4: Analysing data within devices

Built-in capabilities on your computer, tablet, or smartphone are your best bet for keeping track of how much data you’re using over a Wi-Fi connection without much effort on your part. This is how it works:

Start by going into your device’s settings. It’s a straightforward process, and you don’t need to be tech-savvy to do it. Whether you’re using an Android, iPhone, Windows PC, or Mac, there’s a way to check your data usage right on your device.

Android:

If you’re an Android user like me, head over to the “Data Usage” or “Network Usage” section in your settings. You can see exactly how much of your data plan each app is using by digging through this section. You can also restrict certain apps’ data usage or set limits overall to make sure you don’t go over your data plan.

iPhone:

For iPhone users, accessing the “Cellular” section in the Settings app is the place to go. It neatly organizes how much data each app has consumed. And if you want to keep strict controls on certain apps, you can set usage limits or shut off their access to cellular data.

Windows PC:

To see your data use on a Windows PC, follow these steps: click “Settings,” then “Network & Internet,” and lastly “Data Usage.” Here you can see how much data you’ve used over the last month, giving you a better idea of how your device is making use of your Wi-Fi network.

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Mac:

Mac users can join the party too! To do this, go to the Apple menu, choose “System Preferences,” and then pick “Network.” Within this section, you can select your Wi-Fi connection to look at the usage of data, which is often shown as an informative graph or a clear numeric value.


Method 5: Get in touch with your Internet Service Provider

If none of the aforementioned solutions work for you, your ISP should be able to help you monitor your Wi-Fi data use. What you can do is as follows:

Step 1: Contact your ISP

Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) if you’re having trouble locating your data use details. You can get in touch with their customer support team through various channels, including phone, email, or online chat.

Step 2: Inquire about data usage

Feel free to voice your concerns and inquire about your Wi-Fi data consumption when you get in touch. Consumers claim that the ISP’s customer service representatives are often helpful and responsive.


Final Words

In the end, it’s all about being smart with your Wi-Fi. By following these simple steps, you can make sure you don’t use too much data and get hit with extra charges.

Whether you use your router, a special app, or check your device settings, it’s all there to help you. If all else fails, just ask your internet provider for a hand.

Now that you’ve got these five methods in your data-tracking arsenal, managing your Wi-Fi data usage is a breeze. Avoid charges for overages and stick to your data limits with this handy tool.

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