Since there are so many categories, we focused mainly on storing and monitoring your data. We have a dedicated list for data saver apps and we recommend that list if you need to manage and save your wireless data. For this list, the first five entries are for monitoring your data and the last five are for managing your stored data. Here are the best data apps for Android.
Data monitoring apps
DataEye is a data monitoring app. It helps you identify the apps that use the most data. Additionally, it has a data saver element that compresses images on apps like Instagram to squeeze more distance out out of a tiered data plan. There is an offers tab for various apps and games, and we believe that’s how the app makes its money. However, it’s easy enough to ignore the offers page if you don’t want to use it. It’s a good, basic data saver and data monitor if you need something easy.
Data Counter Widget
Price: Free / $1.49
Data Counter Widget is another simple data monitoring app. It comes with a small widget for your home screen. You set it up and it tells you how much data you use. It can tell the difference between mobile data and Wi-Fi. The widget is mildly customizable but nothing major. Additionally, some other features include roaming usage, a data usage history, and you can configure a variety of data plans. You can also pick up the pro version and add some extra features. It’s pretty good for what it does.
Price: Free / $2.99
Data Monitor is a simple app much like its simple name. It works a super basic network traffic meter. It measures all of your network data. You can set a quota and a billing cycle start date so it’ll automatically update once everything is inputted. Some people have reported issues with Android 10 as well as Google Fi, but by and large it seems to work well for most folks. It’s also cheap, simple to use, and it comes with some stuff like ping tests to see if your connection is stable.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
GlassWire is one of the best data monitor apps on Android. It lets you view data use on a per-app basis with a comprehensive history to see what uses your data and when. Additionally, you can set your data cap and get alerts when you come close to it. The real-time monitor is among the best in the business, even on the free version. There is also a version for PC if you want to monitor your data there as well. It can get a bit expensive, but it’s a lot easier to use than the data tracker in your settings menu.
My Data Manager
My Data Manager is a fairly good app for managing your data usage. It does the basics, including tracking your data use over a specified period of time. You can also set alarms in case you’re reaching a limit and even track shared plans with other people. This one lets you track individual app usage as well in case you want to see the apps that use the most data on your phone. Finally, it keeps track of your history so you can see your data trends. It’s not super powerful, but it definitely covers the basic stuff and the UI is easy enough to use for most people. Plus, it’s entirely free.
Data storage and management apps
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $24.99 per year
AirDroid is an excellent app for moving files from your computer to your mobile phone and vice versa. The service supports file transfers, notifications, and find your phone functionality between your computer and mobile device. Additionally, you can mirror your phone on your PC, remote into other people’s phones for troubleshooting purposes, and even access the phone camera on PC. Some of those require plugins and the premium subscription, though. In any case, this is a great app for data storage because you can move files off of your mobile phone and onto your computer before you trade in your phone.
Google Drive or other cloud storage
Price: Free / $1.99-$299.99 per month
Google Drive is an easy option for cloud storage options. You can backup and save any file on your device to Google Drive or use Google Photos for unlimited photo backups as long as you don’t mind a bit of compression. You can then manage that data through the app and re-download any necessary files as needed. There are plenty of cloud storage options like OneDrive, Box.com, Dropbox, and others. However, Drive gives you 15GB for free and its plans are relatively inexpensive. That makes it easier to recommend.
MiXplorer Silver is one of the better and newer file manager apps. It does all of the usual stuff to help you manage the data on your phone. However, it also comes with a variety of plugins that other file browsers don’t have. That includes plugins with support for PDF files, most video and music files, most image files, and most archive types. That makes it a great choice for people who dabble in more niche types of data. It costs $4.49 up front with no demo version. That’s about its only knock. The app is otherwise fantastic.
Price: Free / $59.99-$99.99 once / $29 per month
Resilio Sync is a bit of a diamond in the rough type app. It’s a cloud storage app that works between your phone and computer. Imagine something like Google Drive, but with your computer instead. It gives all of the benefits of cloud storage without the uncertainty that comes with using a third party server. In any case, you can keep your files synced up between your PC and phone just like you do with any other cloud service. The free version is a bit restricted while the premium version can be quite expensive. The subscription cost is for business use only, though, so regular consumers can get it for a single, albeit steep, cost.
Price: Free trial / $2.99
Solid Explorer is another excellent file browser and something a little simpler for those who want to manage the data on their devices. It comes with all of the usual niceties of a file browser, including a way to view images, listen to audio files, view video files, and unpack archived files. This one also supports cloud storage options like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, and others so you can manage all of your data in one single place. Finally, it also supports FTP, SFTP, WebDav, and SMB/CIFS servers for another whole layer of data management. It can basically do it all. The free trial lasts for a week and then the app goes for $2.99.
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