Cellular data is one of those things we seem to always use regularly, but fail to keep track of as efficiently as we could. This becomes a problem when you swear your data provider is over-charging you for your data usage.

A new free jailbreak tweak called DetailedCellularUsage by TheComputerWhisperer helps reveal some of the gray areas where iOS uses your cellular data and doesn’t report it in the Settings app.

As you probably know, you can go to Settings → Cellular on your iPhone or cellular-enabled iPad to see what apps are using the your cellular data, but what you might not know is that some items are hidden by Apple by default.

What DetailedCellularUsage does is reveal the hidden items so you get the most accurate depiction possible of what’s using your cellular data behind the scenes.

Among some of the things that are typically hidden are iAd data usage and the amount of data used from setting up your iPhone for the first time after a restore, while there are probably others, these are the only ones we encountered during testing.

Moreover, if you go into the System Services cell, you’ll see that the tweak also unlocks a wide range of information that’s normally hidden:

The tweak might not be for everyone, but if you’re a power user and you’re concerned about the amount of data you’re using every month, the tweak can help shed light on some of the system processes that are eating into your capped data plan.

DetailedCellularUsage is available as a free download from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and works on all jailbroken iOS 9 and iOS 10 devices.There are no options to configure after installation.

Cellular data access is required to visit the Cellular preferences pane in the Settings app, so this will not work on iPod touches or Wi-Fi-only iPads.

As a bonus, if you see yourself using too much of your cellular data every month, we recommend reading our detailed piece about how to keep your iPhone’s data usage to a minimum.

Do you like the idea of being able to see everything that’s using your data? How you do feel that Apple hides certain things from view? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

  • burge

    Can I ask if this tweak opens up other elements that show data usage is that data usage logged correctly else where on the device or is this data not logged or shown on the device ? I do work for a network provider and some of the questions I’m asked is that the device is never correct when compared to what the account shows on the network and I alway recommend going by what the account shows on the network.

    • This uses Apple’s algorithms and methods, so unfortunately I can’t comment on what it does or does not show since I don’t know those ins and outs. It will only show what your device uses and nothing else, that’s about all I can detail. If Apple’s system is usually inaccurate by what you’re saying, that’s probably because of all these hidden items that are never shown are never taken into account on a stock device, which makes the Apple estimate look smaller than the estimate provided by your carrier. This tweak should “theoretically” fill in that gray area.

      • burge

        Thanks. I can only confirm what I read from other network users and their issues of the device showing inaccurate readings compared to what the network account shows and since I no longer jailbreak my device I can not test any of this. Very much appreciated. Cheers

    • Hi, TheComputerWhisperer here! I’m the developer who just released DetailedCellularUsage and I might be able to answer some of your inquiries:

      You asked if “this tweak opens up other elements that show data usage is that data usage logged correctly else where on the device or is this data not logged or shown on the device?” The answer is that there are no user accessible logs that contain the “real” cellular data usage that you’ll see with DetailedCellularUsage. There are internal system logs which contain the actual cellular usage data, however they are not accessible unless jailbroken.

      To answer your second question, “some of the questions I’m asked is that the device is never correct when compared to what the account shows on the network”. There is indeed a discrepancy between actual cellular data usage and what is displayed by the default iOS report. My suggestion is to rely on the cellular data usage that your mobile carrier reports.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Regards,

      -TheComputerWhisperer (AKA Russell)

      • smtp25

        The discrepancy .. unless its changed from a few years ago.. is that the Cellular company charges/measures blocks of data .. if its 50K blocks then over time youll see a difference between Phone actual and Cellular billing

      • burge

        Hi, and thanks for the information it will really help, I’ve now going to write up something up about this. (well when I’m back off my holiday that is)

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Lol Don’t need this got 1TB LTE

    • Carldini

      Cool Story Bro