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Save data using Datally

Get the Datally app to use less mobile data. You can save data by connecting to high-quality Wi-Fi and choosing which apps use data.

Step 1: Get the app

  1. Install Datally from the Play Store if you haven’t already.
    • Datally works on Android 5 and up.
  2. Follow the steps on the screen.
    • You’ll need to allow Datally to see some info about how you use your phone and data, including which apps you use.

Step 2: Find or suggest Wi-Fi

Save mobile data by finding and connecting to high-quality Wi-Fi networks nearby.

Note: The Wi-Fi networks on Datally meet the community’s quality standards.

  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. Tap Find Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the network that you would like to connect to.
    • If the Wi-Fi network is too far to connect, Google Maps will open with information about the place.
  4. Optional: If you had a good experience on a Wi-Fi network, vote for it.
Add a Wi-Fi network

Help others by adding Wi-Fi networks that are publicly available and don’t need a password.

  1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network you want to suggest.
  2. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  3. Tap Find Wi-Fi.
  4. On the top right, tap More Moreand thenSuggest Wi-Fi Network.
  5. Tap Suggest.

Note: You can't cancel your suggestions for networks.

Remove your Wi-Fi network

If you don’t want your Wi-Fi network to be on Datally, you can ask us to remove it.

Your Wi-Fi network will be removed in 4–6 weeks.

Step 3: Start saving data

Save mobile data by choosing which apps use your data.

Note: If you block data for an app and aren't connected to Wi-Fi, the app or its features may not work as expected, or at all.

  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap the Lock .
  3. Tap Allow.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. Choose the apps that can use data.
  6. Tap Done.

Change which apps use data

Option 1: In Datally

  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. Tap Manage data.
  3. Next to an app’s name, tap the Lock .

Option 2: In an app

If the bubble shows up in an app, tap it to start or stop saving data for that app.

Fix problems

You can't set up Data Saver

You might not be able to set up Data Saver if:

  • You didn't give Datally VPN access.

  • Other apps on your phone also use a VPN.

  • Some apps on your phone, like ones that control screen brightness, have a certain setting turned on.

Step 1: Give Datally VPN access

  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap the Lock .
  3. Tap Allow and then OK.

If you still can't set up Data Saver, try the steps below.

Step 2: Turn off VPN for other apps

  1. On your Android phone, open Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then VPN and then Forget VPN.
  3. Open Datally. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap the Lock .

Step 3: Turn off a setting for apps that affect your screen

 

  1. On your Android phone, open Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Apps and then Settings Settingsand thenSpecial access and then Draw over other apps.
    • If you don’t see these steps, you’re using a different version of Android. Go to the steps below for Android 8.0.
  3. Tap any apps that display over other apps (such as by adjusting screen brightness). Then, turn off Draw over other apps for each of those apps.
  4. Open Datally. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap the Lock

Android 8.0

  1. On your Android phone, open Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Apps and then Configure apps and then Special app access and then Display over other apps.
  3. Tap any apps that display over other apps (such as by adjusting screen brightness). Then, turn off Display over other apps for each of those apps.
  4. Open Datally. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap the Lock
You want to move or hide the bubble in an app

To move the bubble in an app, touch and hold it, then drag it.

To hide or show the bubble in an app:

  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. On the top left, tap Menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. Turn Bubble control on or off.

Tip: To hide the bubble in a specific app, touch and hold it, then drag it down.

You don’t see the bubble in an app

If you don’t see the bubble, try the following steps:

  • Check that Data Saver is turned on.
  • Turn on the Data Saver bubble in Settings.
  • Check that you’re connected to a mobile network.
  • Make sure you’re using mobile data.
    • Turn on mobile data.
    • Turn off Wi-Fi.
    • Turn off Airplane mode.
  • Turn off any accessibility services, like screen reader.

Note: If the app you’re using hasn’t used any mobile data, you won’t see the bubble.

You started saving data in some apps, and now your phone isn't working
  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Reset which apps use data and then Reset apps.

If you're still having trouble, let us know by sending feedback.

You changed your phone number and now Datally doesn't work
  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings. 
  3. Tap Account and then Change number or Unregister number.

If you want, you can register again.

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