Mobile network service providers offer data packs for their 4G LTE data packs that are pretty expensive. For example, prepaid T-mobile plans in the US are starting with $45 for 10GB of LTE data. T-mobile also has an unlimited data plan for $75 per month, but they reduce downloads speeds after 50GB of data use and if you tether your phone to use the internet on laptop, then it reduces the speeds to the 3G network level.
This is why Android has a data usage setting that measures the data you have used in a month and gives you a warning if you cross a certain threshold. After a while, it will start showing you that you have used so many GB of data during a billing cycle. These stats are automatically cleared at the beginning of every billing cycle which is usually the first of the month. But if you want to manually clear the data usage stats in Android, then here is how you can do it:
- Pull down the quick settings in Android by swiping down the screen using two fingers.
- Disable WiFi and enable mobile network data from the quick settings.
- Open Android settings and tap on Data usage under the Wireless & networks.
- Tap on Cellular data usage on the screen that is displayed next.
- Tap on Billing cycle and then set the reset date to be the today’s date.
- Tada! Data usage has now been reset in your Android smartphone.
- Now you can turn off the data and switch back to WiFi if you want to.
If your mobile network provider is really charging you lots of money for very small 4G LTE data packs, then this Android feature can really come handy so that you do not cross the data usage limit set by your mobile network provider.