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).

Important: Datally is no longer available on the Play Store.

Datally works on Android versions 6 through 10.

Start saving data

Save mobile data by choosing which apps use your data.

Important: 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 the Datally app Datally.
  2. Tap Manage data.
  3. Turn on Save mobile data.
  4. Tap Allow and then OK and then Open Settings.
  5. Turn on Allow display over other apps.

Change which apps use data

Option 1: In Datally

  1. On your Android phone, open the Datally app Datally.
  2. Tap Manage data.
  3. Tap Apps with low usage.
  4. Select any app you want to change
  5. Tap Turn off.

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 the Datally app Datally.
  2. Tap Set up Data Saver and then Allow and then Okay.

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 the Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then Advanced and then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to turn off, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap Forget VPN to turn it off.
  5. Open the Datally app Datally.
  6. Tap Set up Data Saver and then Allow and then Okay.

Step 3: Adjust apps that affect your screen

  1. On your Android phone, open the Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Advanced 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 the Datally app Datally
  5. Tap Set up Data Saver and then Allow and then Okay
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 the Datally app Datally.
  2. Tap Bubble tracker and then Show bubble.

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

You can't find the bubble in an app

If you can't find the bubble, try the following steps:

  • On your Android phone, open the Datally app Datally. Then, check that Data Saver is turned on.
  • Open the Settings app Settings app turn on Data Saver.
  • Check that you’re connected to a mobile network.
  • To make sure you’re using mobile data, in the Settings app Settings app:
    • Tap Mobile data to turn it on.
    • Tap Wi-Fi to turn it off.
    • Tap Airplane mode to turn it off.
  • Turn off any accessibility services, like screen reader.

Note: If the app you’re using hasn’t used any mobile data, you won’t be able to access the bubble.

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

  3. Tap Reset which apps use data and then Reset.

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

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