apps / 06/11/2012

App of the Week: Onavo Count

Track your data usage on iPhone or iPad with Onavo Count, released on iTunes a few days ago.

The app is free and is 4.8MB in size. I’ve been using it for about 24 hours now and it has used 21KB of data thus far. I haven’t noticed my battery dying faster (iOS 6.0.1 manages to do that on its own).

Once you install the app and set it up, you have to wait a few hours before seeing any results (obviously). What I like about the app is that it is visually appealing. Your app data usage results are colour coded and displayed in order of app that uses the most data, to least. You can go into each app and view your daily usage, weekly, and up to 30 days. The reason your battery won’t get eaten is that your data is stored in the cloud.

Some screenshots of my usage of over the last 24 hours:

As you can see, Instagram uses the most data (1.97MB), followed by secure Web access (1.95MB) and Tweetbot reaching 855KB. I used a total of 6.73MB in 24 hours. It will be interesting to see what my graphs look like in a week and in a months time.

If you want to track which app uses the most data, and help with cutting down your bills, download Onavo Count and see for yourself.



Nafisa Akabor
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  • sgs2

    Good way to keep track of data usage. It’s available for Android as well, been using it for a few months and love that you can block certain apps from using too much data, not sure if the iOS version allows for the same.

    • I haven’t yet seen that option.. and there was no mention of it as a feature. Perhaps in the next update it will be included.

  • Emma te Water Naude

    I think sgs2 is referring to one of the other Onavo apps. I’ve been using Onavo Extend for about a year (iOS). The iOS version doesn’t allow data regulation on specific apps, but already supplies virtually all info supplied by Onavo Count. I don’t see the point in downloading Onavo Count when I’m already given all the key data I require by an existing product.

    • Aha, thanks for letting me know. I’ll check it out. I don’t have a problem with too much data being used though, even though I’m on prepaid. I only do my updates/downloads when I’m on WiFi at home. I don’t push mail either. It’s actually quite easy to control how much data you use, especially on prepaid.

  • Anna-marie Redpath

    If you’re going to advocate an app, you should at least point out the implications.
    Warning – this app appears to send all your data through their ‘cloud’ before it gets to your phone. Supposedly so they can easily track it without draining your battery. Think of the power this gives them – they will KNOW who uses what apps – that’s powerful knowledge.

    • Hi there. The official site and links on the app store explicitly say it’s a cloud based system, perhaps I should have mentioned it, but it’s not an “implication”. It is HOW the app works, and basically the reason it isn’t a resource hog.

  • fed-up!

    Hi , About Onavocount: Vodafone South Africa told me to download the app: Onavocount -a free download if you have an Apple password, which i do have. Seemed so simple to do. But then Onavocount website tells you you cannot download it from the South African Apple App store and you will be automatically transferred to the USA Apple App store. So it happens and then you press to download Onavocount app and fill in your treasured Apple password , only to be told a South African Apple password is not acceptable. Talk about catch twenty two. Thanks for nothing! Am just fed up!!