How Do I Manage My Monthly Mobile Data Usage with Verizon Wireless?

This article provides options for managing your Verizon Wireless mobile data usage. It talks about setting up usage alerts with the My Verizon app. It provides instructions for checking your data usage and discusses how doing so can help you remain aware of your data usage and how you need to ration it. A chart for the amount of data that common Internet activities use is given.

If you have a Verizon Wireless account and you keep running over your monthly mobile data limit while there's still a lot of month left then read on. Below you can learn how to manage your monthly Verizon Wireless mobile data usage.

Set Up Verizon Wireless Usage Alerts

If you get the My Verizon app you can set up automatic usage alerts. It will send you a text message or email when you hit 90% of your mobile data limit. Once you get that text or email you need to sharply reduce the data you're using until a new month starts.

Check Your Verizon Wireless Data Usage

If you have the My Verizon app, you can check how you've been using your mobile data. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Open the My Verison app.
  2. Go to the bottom of the page.
  3. Tap on the Account tab.
  4. Sign in if prompted to.
  5. Tap Next.

You will see your total data usage for the account. By checking this regularly, you can keep track of how fast you are using your data, and how much you have to slow down your data usage to reach then end of the month.

Change Your Settings

Disable push and email notifications, GPS, and automatic app updates when you don't need them. Go over the apps you use a lot and turn off the automatic video play feature, if you are given an option for doing so. All of these settings can really eat into your unused data. You might be surprised how much data you can save this way.

Uninstall Unnecessary Apps

Get rid of any apps you don't absolutely need to have installed. A lot of them are constantly checking for updates and other new information. By uninstalling them you are freeing up a lot more data that you can use every month.

Change Your Online Habits

Use this chart to figure out how you are using your data:

  • Sending 1 email without an attachments: 15 - 35 KB
  • Sending 1 email with an attachment: 100 - 300 KB
  • Watching Standard Definition video: 4 MB each minute
  • Watching High Definition video : 8 - 10 MB each minute
  • Streaming audio only music: 0.5 - 1 MB each minute
  • Internet browsing: 50 - 500 KB each minute
  • Downloading 1 game, app, or song: 1 MB - 7 MB
  • 1 social media post with attached picture: 100 - 350 KB

Keep track of the amount of time you spend doing each of these activities. Assuming that you have recorded your data on a typical day, all you need to do is see which habit is using the most data, and don't do that as often as you usually do.

If you have any questions, contact Verizon Wireless. It has phone, help desk, email, and several live chat customer service options.

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