What is traffic in a mobile phone

Many owners of mobile devices heard the word "traffic", but not everyone knows what it means. Below, let's talk about what traffic is and will understand with its appointment.

Most often, the word "traffic" is found to users not with direct interaction with a smartphone or tablet, but when choosing a tariff for the use of mobile networks and, in particular, the Internet. There are also situations where the device reports that a large number of traffic is spent or studying the settings of the smartphone, you are stumbled upon the appropriate item. About what traffic is what his appointment and ways to work with him are described below.

What is traffic

The word traffic is found in different spheres. From English "TRAFFIC" translates as "Movement". If we consider the term in the context of mobile devices, then, simple words , traffic is the number of transmitted and received information when using the Internet. If you say otherwise, the traffic is called the total amount of data given to the network and taken from it. It is measured in bytes and its derivatives - megabytes or gigabytes.

On mobile phone, traffic is divided into mobile and Wi-Fi. The first is the amount of information obtained when using a mobile network. The second is a similar indicator, but for Wi-Fi networks.

Modern smartphones can independently count this amount and display detailed statistics. It is usually set monthly period. It is necessary in order for users to control its consumption. The fact is that the Internet through Wi-Fi is most often distributed without any limit in terms of information, but may have speed limits depending on the tariff. When a user chooses a mobile Internet, then in most cases the provider establishes certain traffic restrictions per month. Thus, controlling the consumption of mobile traffic, it is possible to plan so that the number of gigabytes set by the tariff has been enough for the entire month and did not have to pay extra or buy them separately, as it is unprofitable.

How to find out the number of traffic

To understand how the Internet is spent on the phone, you can use the built-in tools of the operating system. Such an opportunity has devices on Android and iOS.

To find out spending traffic on the Android phone, you need to do the following.

Step 1. Open settings.

Step 2. Enter the section "Network and Internet". On some devices, depending on the shell, there may be options, for example, "SIM cards and mobile networks", "Wi-Fi and mobile networks", etc.

Step 3. Open item "Mobile Network".


Step 4. Go to section "Using Data" or "Data Usage ".

Step 5. Select the period you are interested in. Information is represented as a graph, the amount of spent traffic is indicated in line "Consumption". Below you can learn about the detailed use of traffic with various applications.

Step 6. If you need to limit the use of traffic with a specific application, find it in the list and click on it. On our example, this Instagram . In detailed statistics of the application, traffic flow rate in by the background and is active is displayed. Background - this is the consumption of the Internet by the application when the user does not use them. This is usually expensive to notify or update the application. Active - these are spent data when the user is directly using the user (when you run the tape, load photos, rewrite, etc.).

Step 7. In addition to information about traffic, there are two settings in detailed information: "background mode" and "Unlimited data transmission". If you disable the slider at the first, the application will stop independently spending traffic, but you will not receive any notifications. The second slider is disabled by default, but if you think that the application may unlimitedly spend the Internet, you can activate it.

If you are interested in traffic via Wi-Fi network, then on step 3 sign in to "Wi- Fi ", and then select subparagraph " Wi-Fi traffic ".

Similar information is available on iOS devices. To view it, enter the settings and select "Cellular Communication", after which in the line "current period" will see the amount of traffic spent.

In addition to its own means of operating systems, you can use special applications that are enough in stores App Store and Play MARKET. Similar information is provided by branded application providers.

How to save traffic

What is traffic in the smartphone, we figured out, but why do this information need? It was mentioned above that most modern providers provide a limited amount of traffic in their tariffs. If you are often using the mobile Internet, it can happen that the allotted volume is completed until the deadline for updating the tariff (most often it is a monthly period) and you will have to either give up from the mobile Internet, or buy megabytes, which is usually extremely unprofitable.

Some smartphones with large traffic flow rate in a short period reported on this special notice.

Save traffic on the phone in several ways. The first is to enable traffic saving mode. To do this, on the phone with Android, follow these steps:

Step 1. Sign in Settings.

Step 2. Open the section "Network and Internet" (may have another, but similar title).

Step 3. Enter the tab "Traffic Savings".

Step 4. Activate the slider "Include traffic savings".

Runing this mode, you allow the smartphone to limit the data consumption. It is worth understanding that this will significantly limit the work of applications in the background, so notifications can come with refinements or not to come at all, and the media system will stop loading. For example, a photo or video in messenger, you can view, only by downloading them: by default, they will not be loaded to the device.

Step 5. If you are going to turn on saving mode, but you want some applications to work without any restrictions, then on step 4 Click on the string "Unlimited Mobile Internet".

Step 6. Find applications for which traffic restrictions will not be applied. Activate them by switching the runner.

In addition, to save the Internet, follow the following rules:

  1. in the presence of Wi- Fi networks Disconnect your mobile Internet.
  2. Install the browser with traffic saving: for example, in Chrome provided "Simplified mode". There are similar functions for other browsers.
  3. Block advertising. Commercials are always a traffic spent, so try to block advertising on the device. About how to do this, read here and here.
  4. Do not download photos, video and other content without need or do it when connected to Wi-Fi.
  5. Disable Automatic Application Update. How to do this, told here.
  6. Examine application settings. This Council is especially concerned with the messengers and social networks, where you can send photos, video and other content, which is the main flow rate. In most cases, applications can be allowed in the application settings only when you find Wi-Fi networks.
  7. Refuse applications with online music and films. If you use online cinemas or players, but you have a need to save traffic, then either completely give up them, or download the content you are interested in on your smartphone. Most of the paid cuts of streaming services provide such an opportunity.


Traffic is the amount of data you received or gave when using the Internet. For Wi-Fi networks, its volume is rarely important, but in mobile networks it is most often limited, so it is required to control its consumption. For this, there are built-in OS funds and special functions from individual applications. It is not necessary to neglect and personal control, because only your actions depends on how much traffic you will spend.

In conclusion, it is also worth noting that the shells of different manufacturers may differ in the number of settings. The above is the general tips based on the Clean version of Android 10. We recommend to study the settings specifically of your device, it is possible that it will be additional, more subtle ways to control the traffic flow.