Save data using Datally

Get the Datally app to use less mobile data. With Datally, you can control which apps use mobile data while in the background (i.e. not actively in use).

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: 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 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 Lock .

Option 2: In an app

When Data Saver is turned on, apps that are open can use data. Closed apps don't use data in the background.

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 use a VPN.

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

Step 1: Turn on VPN in Datally

  1. On your Android phone, open Datally Datally.
  2. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap 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 Lock .

Step 3: Adjust 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, tap Apps and then Configure apps and then Special app access and then Display over other apps.
  3. Tap any apps that control other apps, like changing screen brightness. Then, turn off Draw over other apps or Display over other apps for each of these apps.
  4. Open Datally. Datally
  5. Next to "Set up Data Saver," tap 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.

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