iPhone and iPad users are starting to reap the benefits of the Notification Center on their iOS 8 devices. The introduction of widgets on iOS 8 has now made it possible to do a number of things without navigating to various apps every time something needed to be checked; such as game scores or the weather report.
We previously covered 23 awesome widgets that you could add to your iOS 8 notification center to stay on top of your mobile activities. In today’s post I want to show you how you can use widgets to check data usage from iOS 8 notification center instantly.
If you have just a 16GB device, chances are, you may be worried about your CPU and memory usage. The same goes for your 3G or 4G plan. Knowing how much data you have used and how much is left will help you better manage your activities and of course there are apps to offer that information at a glance.
Better yet, apps with widget support that would let you access the information from the notification center. Here are a few apps with widget support that can help you get all the information you need at a glance.
Data Usage Widgets for iOS 8 Notification Center
My Data Widget
My Data Widget from Vincent Mak is a simple widget that displays data usage details on the iOS 8 Notification Center. Once you install the app, you can configure the widget to set your data cap, current cycle and usage, and auto reset the schedules on specific days. You also have options to manually set the cellular data usage and set an alert to know if you have reached a certain data usage limit. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
DataMan Next : Track Data Usage In Real-Time
DataMan Next is a feature-rich app that lets you keep track of your LTE/4G/3G and Wi-Fi usage from the iOS 8 notification center. It even offers a smart forecasting feature that predicts whether you will stay within your data cap, based on your current usage stats.
It also promises real-time tracking ( without relying on your carrier) so that you view the most up-to-date statistics on your usage. Additionally the tool offers to monitor data usage on specific activities using the Stopwatch, auto reset the bill cycle and even view beyond the bill cycle usage.
The app works with all carriers and lets you configure 4 different alerts with special color coded themes. This is a fantastic app that’s available on the App Store for $1.99.
My Data Usage Widget
My Data Usage Widget by Zehui Wang lets you instantly view your 3G/Edge/GPRS and WiFi usage as well as the real time up/down/total data from the notification screen. You can also configure it to set your quota and billing cycle information. Thw widget is also capable of monitoring in real time the Memory/CPU/Disk usage and if you think that’s information overload you can simply turn it off. My Data Usage Widget is priced $0.99.
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DataRocket - Track Cellular Data Usage Widget
Lastly, we bring you DataRocket, the app that lets you keep tabs on your data usage with its attractive progress bar. It displays colors to help you instantly understand where your data usage stands at; the green for safe, yellow for caution, and red for danger. You can also set push notifications to keep you updated on your usage and enjoy plenty of other features such as auto setting the bill cycle date and changing the theme. DataRocket is available on the App Store for $1.99.
How to Add Data usage Widgets to iOS 8 Notification Center
Our previous tutorial covers how to add widgets to the iOS 8 notification center. To summarize that:
1. Swipe down to view the Notification Center.
2. On the Today extension screen, scroll down and select Edit.
3. In the Today screen, in the Do Not include section, tap the + icon next to the data usage app you downloaded.
4. Tap Done at the top of the screen.
That’s it! You will now be able to instantly check data usage on your iOS 8 device without opening up the app.
If you are using a fantastic data usage app, be sure to share it with us.