Yesterday I told you about AT&T’s new data plans. While these plans will benefit a large majority of iPhone owners, there is still a few of us who’ll have to closely monitor our data usage to make sure we don’t go over board.

Checking your data usage on the AT&T network is pretty easy and straightforward and will prevent you from having bad surprises when the bill comes.

Checking Your AT&T Data Usage

How to check your data usage on AT&T’s website

I think the best and most comprehensive way to check your data usage for your iPhone is to do so directly from AT&T’s website. This will give you a nice graph showing the last 6 months of data activity, making it clear for you to see what you used through your 3G or EDGE data connection.

AT&T Data Usage

This graph excludes all data transferred over wifi network connections because this is not part of your AT&T data plan. That means you can download/upload as much as you want from your iPhone over wifi, you will never be charged for that.

How to check your data usage with AT&T’s myWireless app

myWireless Data UsageAT&T has a free application in the App Store called myWireless. On top of giving you important information such as how many voice minutes or SMS you’ve used, the app will also show you how much data you’ve used for the current billing period. That’s a great way to monitor your data usage on the go directly from your iPhone.

I really like the myWireless app. It is clean and simple and it also allows you to pay your bill from your iPhone. I consider it a must-have.

That’s it, now you should be able to manage and monitor your data usage efficiently. For those of you who decide to stay on the unlimited plan, that shouldn’t be an issue at all.

If you have more tips and tips like this, please feel free to share them in the comment. [Credit images: TiPBMacObserver]

  • Eric

    I use 11 to 16 GIGS a month. I want to tether my iPad. I’m screwed. I don’t have any (out of 6) iPhone friends who use less than 2 gigs per month. This is a joke.

  • thefallen
  • iPhone 3GS

    @Eric You and your friends must be downloading crap 24/7. At least you have the option to keep your $30 unlimited plan. If you want to tether, use MyWi.

    I just looked at mine and my brother’s usage over the last 7 months and he has never gone over 100MB. I thought mine would be over 2GB because of how much I actually use my iPhone looking at websites and such but my usage never passed 300MB in the last 7 months. I had even had the tethering hack enabled at one point and used it on vacation one week. I guess I’m lucky because I am usually connected to WiFi and not using AT&T’s data as often as I thought I did. I’m going to change my brother to the $15 data plan but I plan to keep myself on the $30 unlimited plan unless iPhone HD/4 forces me into the new 2GB DataPro plan just to use the video chat feature. I sure hope that isn’t the case… Video Chatting would eat through 2GB in no time.

  • M4x

    The AT&T app is great but only for the current month. You can’t use it for the previous months. I suppose the AT&T web site is te only way to do that.
    Maybe since att has a data cap now, the iPhone app might add this previous month functionality….hopefully.

  • Strongfist

    I use my G1 as the sole internet provider for me and my room mate. Its handy and no matter what my internet charges are a flat $30 rate.

    For all of you who think ATT is doing a good thing (essentially you iPhone users) read this article :

    it breaks down how ATT is trying to trap you with statistics that mislead and device. Its true that i am an Android user but i hate to see companies take our hard earned money so this isn;t even about the whole Android-iPhone war. This is just be looking after my fellow consumers…so just check out the article the reply to me with thoughts

  • You can use DataMan app to monitor your data use in real time. You can also define 4 custom usage thresholds. You will be notified when you exceed the thresholds. This will help to stop additional charges on your bill. You can find DataMan in the App Store.

    • Tristan

      I suppose but who wants to have to constantly check how much data they have left?

  • Michelle Gonzalez

    This is old. Take it down. Doesn’t help me now!!