If you’re worried that you might go over your data allowance cap, here’s how to check how much data you’re using on your Verizon iPhone.
The day of unlimited data plans are long gone, and most Verizon customers are now limited to plans with just a few gigabytes to play around with each month. With that being the norm, many users are having to monitor their data usage closely to make sure that they don’t go over and end up paying extra fees.
Normally, Verizon customers were able to look up their data usage by opening up the Verizon app on their iPhones (and they still can), but a new iOS 8 widget allows users to quickly check their data usage without even opening up the app in the first place.
Verizon just updated its iPhone app with a cool new feature that allows you to quickly check your data usage with a simple swipe down of the Notification Center, thanks to the addition of a new Verizon iOS 8 widget. There are a handful of cool widgets in iOS 8 that you can add to your device’s Notification Center, but Verizon’s new widget is perhaps the most useful one we’ve come across so far.
Here’s how to quickly check your data usage on your Verizon iPhone.
Download the Verizon App
First thing’s first. You’ll need to download the My Verizon Mobile app onto your iPhone. It’s a free app and is available in the iTunes App Store.
After you download the app, open it up and you’ll be asked to sign into your Verizon account. Once you’re in, you’ll be able to access your Verizon account and see how much data you’re using. You can also look at your upcoming monthly bill or look at past statements, as well as look over your current data plan and upgrade it if you feel the desire to do so.
The app itself still needs some work even though it’s been updated for iOS 8, as the design of the app is pretty bland and isn’t the best thing to look at. However, while you can look at your data usage in the app, there’s an even quicker way to check your data usage without even opening up the Verizon app in the first place.
Enable the Verizon iOS 8 Widget
After you download the Verizon app and log in to your Verizon account, you can now enable the Verizon iOS 8 widget in your iPhone’s Notification Center.
To enable the Verizon iOS 8 widget, follow these simple steps:
Swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up your iPhone’s Notification Center.
Tap on the Today tab at the top if you aren’t already there.
Toward the bottom, tap on the Edit button.
Scroll down until you see My Verizon Data in the list. Tap on the green plus icon next to it.
That item will now be moved up toward the top and from there you can rearrange the order by tapping and holding on the icon to the right and dragging it up or down in the list.
Tap on Done in the upper-right corner.
The Verizon iOS 8 widget will now appear in the Notification Center and will quickly show you your monthly data usage. You can tap on the widget itself to automatically open the Verizon app if you want more details about your data usage. Otherwise, the widget just shows you how much data you’ve used compared to how much data you have allotted for the month.
In any case, that’s all there is to it. The Verizon iOS 8 widget is the easiest and quickest way to check your data usage on your Verizon iPhone.