Although I love having a smartphone, there’s one aspect of it that I loathe and that’s seeing my bill at the end of each month! After all, I use my phone so often that I really never know how high my bill is going to be. Sometimes I rip that bill open quickly just to get it over with, while other times I tear it slowly, peeking to see if the amount due is two digits or three. And sometimes I just leave it on the kitchen counter for a few days until I get the courage to see what’s inside! Fortunately, now that I’ve discovered My Data Manager, the days of bill shock are a thing of the past.

What is My Data Manager?

My Data Manager, which is free for both Apple and Android devices, is an app that provides real-time monitoring of your mobile phone’s data usage so you can stay on top of your usage—and your bill!

How does it work?

Once the app is installed and set up, which only takes a few minutes, it will begin to track your data usage. It does this by identifying whether you’re using Wi-Fi, roaming or mobile—and keeps track of your usage for each of these interfaces. It then puts this information into easy-to-read graphs and visualizations so you can see just how much data you’ve used and how much you have left in your monthly plan.

What else does it do?

If you’re anything like me, you probably know what your data-usage limit is for each month, but really have no idea what that translates to on a day-to-day basis. Luckily, My Data Manager makes it easy to keep track by giving you an allotted amount each day and will alert you when you reach your limit. Additionally, My Data Manager, which consistently gets great reviews from users, also tracks historical app time and usage so you can see which apps are hogging the most data. If you’re still worried that you may go over your data limit, take advantage of My Data Manager’s usage alarms to keep you in check—and keep you from breaking into a sweat the next time that bill arrives!