How To View Your T-Mobile Data Usage
Cell phone networks often charge some hefty fees if you go over your pre-set data usage limit. Unfortunately, you won’t always be in a place where you can use free Wi-Fi, so you’re going to have to rely on data usage every so often.
You need to keep track of your usage to make sure there aren’t any unexpected charges on your bill.
Thankfully, there are several techniques that T-Mobile users have at their disposal to do this.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Before you start checking, there are a few things that you need to know about the figures that you see when using official T-Mobile tools.
Firstly, any data that you use while roaming can take about a month to show up. If you know that you’ve used roaming data at some point in the last 30 days, remember that the figure you see may not be accurate straight away.
There’s also an issue with the figures if you change your plan. Changing the plan on any day other than your billing cycle’s first day essentially resets the figure. You’ll only see what you’ve used on the current plan, so it’s best to carry out a quick check to record the figure for your previous plan before making a change.
T-Mobile displays its data usage figures in Pacific Time too, which those in other time zones need to keep in mind. It also refreshes every two hours.
On the plus side, you’ll get a free text message alert when you hit the 80% and 100% mark of your data limits.
With that out of the way, let’s look at some of the techniques.
Technique #1 – Use a Short-Code
T-Mobile offers up two short-codes that you can call to get an instant update. Just dial either #932# or #WEB# and hit the “call” button.
You’ll receive an alert in a couple of minutes that gives you an up-to-date data usage number.
These short-codes work on both Android and Apple devices.
Technique #2 – Check Your T-Mobile Account on Desktop
Most people create a My T-Mobile account so they can keep track of their bills. However, you can also use it to check your data usage. Just follow these steps:
- Click the “Usage” option. You’ll find this in the “My Current Plan” section of your account if you’re on a prepaid account.
- Click the “View all usage details” link in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Click the “Data” option to see your usage.
You can also filter through specific cell phone numbers if you have several phones that use T-Mobile data plans.
Technique #3 – Use the T-Mobile App
T-Mobile has an app that you can download on both Android and Apple devices. You can use it to keep track of billing and data usage.
To check data usage, follow these steps:
- Log in to the app using your T-Mobile ID.
- Tap on the “Menu” icon then tap on “Usage and Plans”.
- Tap on “View Line Details” then tap on “Check Usage (Data).
The app tells you how much data you’ve used and how long you have to wait before your next billing cycle. You can also use the app to check your minutes and text usage.
The Final Word
T-Mobile offers plenty of ways for you to check your data usage quickly. They also send free text messages when you’re nearing your limit.
As long as you’re vigilant, you shouldn’t end up exceeding your data limits. Just check regularly and keep in mind that the figure may be up to two hours out-of-date, which you need to account for.