How to use the Data usage feature on your Xiaomi device ?

You can use Xiaomi’s built-in Data usage feature to track your mobile data usage to avoid additional charges on your bill.

If you’ve zero idea on how to use Data usage, be sure to read the FAQ below for more information:

How to access the Data Usage feature ?

  1. On your device, find and launch the Security app.
  2. Tap Data usage.
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How to create a home screen shortcut for Data usage ?

  1. On the Security app, long tap Data usage, and then tap Create shortcut.
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How to set mobile data limit ?

  1. On the Security app, tap Data usage.
  2. Tap , then select Mobile data limit.
  3. Tap Peak data limit to enter your monthly mobile data limit.
  4. Adjust the Data Usage Warning Level slider to set the usage warning level. When the device reaches this level, you will see a usage warning.
  5. Tap Usage cycle reset date to set the date of the month where the data usage is reset to 0.
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How to read the Data usage “meter” ?

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Note: If you’re about to reach your data limit, the “water” will change to red.

How to prevent mobile data from turning off automatically when the usage exceeds the data limit ?

The mobile data connection will disable automatically when the usage exceeds the set data limit. If for some reason, you don’t wish your phone to behave in such a manner, follow these steps to turn this feature off :

Note: Additional charges may be incurred if you disable this feature.

  1. On the Security app, tap Data usage.
  2. Tap .
  3. Slide the Restrict peak data usage switch to the left to turn it off.
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How to restrict a downloaded app from using mobile data ?

  1. On the Security app, tap Data usage.
  2. Tap Restrict > Downloaded
  3. Find the app you want to restrict the use of mobile data.
  4. Tap the “Allow” button  to change to “Disallow” in the Data column.
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Tip: You can also toggle allow/disallow for Wi-Fi data for downloaded apps.

How to restrict a system (or stock) app from using mobile data ?

  1. On the Security app, tap Data usage.
  2. Tap Restrict > Apps.
  3. Find the app you want to restrict the usage of mobile data.
  4. Tap the “Allow” button  to change to “Disallow” .
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What’s the quickest way to check your daily data usage ?

  1. On the Security app, tap Data usage.
  2. Tap , then ensure you have Show data usage notifications turned on.
  3. Now, you can open the notification panel from the top, then go to the Notifications screen to see today’s data usage, remaining data and monthly limit information.
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How to track data usage per app ?

  1. On the Security app, tap Data usage.
  2. Tap Stats to see a list of apps that are sorted by their data usage.
  3. You can select to see the list of either today, yesterday or this month.
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Tip: Tap  to choose to sort the apps by Data usage, Wi-Fi usage or Total usage.

Note: The steps here were written for a Xiaomi device running MIUI V5. If you’re having a different version of MIUI, there’s a possibility that the steps and screenshots will be different.

* Last updated by Ethan at .

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