Monday, 28 January 2013

Change Data Usage Cycle in Android 4.1.1

Problem:

How do I change the data usage cycle in Android 4.1.1? The option to change won't show.

Solution:

The first screenshot below illustrates the problem: it seems as though the option to change the billing cycle does not exist! Notice that mobile data is turned off at this point.

Turning on mobile data at first doesn't seem to fix the problem as seen in the screenshot below. The option to change billing cycles is still not there.

To work around this issue, try the following: exit the preferences to the home screen, and open the data usage preferences again. You should be able to see the option to change the billing cycle now.

Notes:

This seems to be a strange, intermittent problem with the interface. This solution was tested using Android 4.1.1 on a Galaxy Nexus. Your results may vary with other setups.

18 comments:

  1. all good except my WiFi usage is on a different billing cycle, and I CANNOT change the Wifi data usage cycle dates

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    1. @Joseph: Yeah, I know what you mean. Can't figure out how to change the wifi billing cycle from the Android UI in 4.1.1 or 4.2.1, too. Hopefully Google will get around to addressing that bug. Thanks for the comment!

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    2. I have a different problem but related , my data usage is gone , both on mobile and Wi-Fi, it used to show , now all I get is the graf with nothing else ! Pls help

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  2. Thank you very much but, in data usage -->data usage cycle --> Jan 1-31,2035 ... I want know how to recover this,please ...

    sorry,
    I'm chinese , my english is low...

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  3. hi~ My phone is Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 Setting --> Data usage --> data usage cycle --> Jan 1-31,2035 but,I want know how to recovery this ...Thanks very much, I'm chinese, English is low ,wish you understand my mean's.

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    1. hi 崔瀚文, I think I understand what you're asking. Sorry to hear about that interesting setting. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure how to address it. Just out of curiosity, is your phone's date/time set to the year 2035? (You can check in settings -> Date & time).

      I know that I've set my older phone to the wrong time in the past when automatic date & time was not turned on, and once my cell phone network automatically set my phone to the timezone for over a week, too! (Making my phone's calendar wrong by 3 hours).

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    2. * to the -wrong- timezone for a week.

      Also, thanks for the comment!

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  4. Worked fine on Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2

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  5. Glad it worked Habeeb! Thanks for the comment!

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  6. m4ktub wrote (suggestion below): "I have a different problem but related , my data usage is gone , both on mobile and Wi-Fi, it used to show , now all I get is the graf with nothing else ! Pls help"

    Hi m4ktub, I'm not entirely sure how to debug that particular problem as I've never run into it. However, if googling doesn't help find a solution in the next little while, there are a few good data trackers out there that seem to be less buggy, according to some people: http://lifehacker.com/5916784/the-best-data-usage-tracker-for-android

    I know it's not the solution you're looking for, but I hope it helps!

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  7. thanks a lot for your great attention and helpful working...

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  8. welcome, thanks for the comment Kenan!

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  9. for me it works when I turn off WiFi usage tracking..

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  10. how can i change cycle for wifi on nexus 5 4.4.2? thanks

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  11. how can i change wifi cycle on nexus 5 with 4.4.2? thanks

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  12. Hi and thanks for the comment @Blondi. I'm not sure if it's possible to change the wifi data usage cycle on the stock Android 4.4.2 on a Nexus 5 after the option disappears.

    If there's anyone from Google reading this, want to take this one on? It seems to be a popular feature request on lots of forums out there =)

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  13. What do you mean after the option disappears?

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  14. Hi again @Blondi, I must admit that I put in the part about "disappear[ing]" as an afterthought as I remember seeing the option at one point. However, I may have been mistaking it for a modified version/build of KitKat. Please pardon the confusion. Thanks again for the comment, and I'll be sure to post something if I do happen to come across a solution to changing the wifi data usage cycle in the Nexus 5 KitKat.

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