3G Watchdog app for Android monitors your 4G/3G/Edge/GPRS data usage

Author Archive

What’s new in 3G Watchdog 0.38.7

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Device support

The support has been improved for the following devices:
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500 and GT-I9505)
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (GT-I9082)
  • Samsung Captivate Glide “R” variant
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
  • Nexus 7 tablet with 3G/4G.



What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.21.1

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is a bug fix release.

Galaxy S4 GT-I9500

Fixed Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 variant not counting mobile usage when advanced option “Use pre-froyo…” is checked. People with the default setting (option unchecked) were not affected.

Updated Danish translation

Opdateret Dansk Oversættelse


What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.21.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Time Zone support

The main novelty in this version is that 3G Watchdog Pro now allows you to specifiy a Time Zone for your local/domestic and roaming plan (in 3GW Settings > Your Plan). This is the reference Time Zone for the dates used by your operator (billing date, day, week, month). It defaults to your current TZ at the time this parameter is first set, but you can still change it later. Note that the chosen TZ applies to both the local and the roaming plans (i.e. the two plans share the same TZ).

3G Watchdog pro

 The interest of specifying a Time Zone is that if you happen to travel and switch Time Zone, 3G Watchdog will still be able to calculate correctly the dates using the reference TZ. When you are in a different TZ than the plan’s one 3GW will display the date in the plan TZ at the top of the section(local or roaming) for this plan in the usage report (main) screen. This will remind you that the date is different from the date in your current TZ:

3G Watchdog Pro update May 2013

Restrict background traffic to WiFi for ALL applications at once

Previously you could only specify one application at a time to have its background traffic restricted to WiFi. This was done in the “Usage by application” screen by selecting the “Restrict background data to WiFi” option in an application contextual menu:
3G Watchdog Pro May 2013 update pic 3
Now you can apply the same restriction to all applications (for which the operation is applicable) in one single operation. Bring the usage by app screen menu up and select “Restrict all apps to WiFi“:
3G Watchdog Pro May 2013 update pic 4
Conversely you can lift the restriction for all applications via the screen menu option “Allow all apps on mobile“. 
Reminder: the restriction to Wifi applies only to background traffic, not to traffic occurring when you are visiting the application user interface.

Clearer warning level configuration

The alert conditions (in Settings > Alerts) were a bit ambiguous. The formulation has been improved to make it clearer:
3G Watchdog Pro May 2013 pic 5

Device support

The support has been improved for the following devices:
– Samsung Galaxy S4
– Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (GT-I9082)
– Nexus 7 tablet with 3G/4G on JellyBean+
– Motorola RAZR i XT890.

Bug fixes

– Fixed mobile data switch widget icons not visible on some (rare) devices.
– Fixed incorrect condition testing for reenabling the mobile network.
* Minor bug fixes.

Feedback email

The email sent via the feedback function (3GW main screen > Menu > Feedback) now includes more information about your configuration (nothing private!) to help us to diagnose problems if needed. The information sent is visible at the bottom of the mail before you send it.


What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.20.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Please update if you are using version 1.19.3!

Improved swipe gestures

3GW now uses smoother let and right swipe gestures to switch from one period (Plan / day / week / month) to the other. This applies to the main report, history and usage by application screens.

Bulgarian translation

Thanks to Gorchy who contributed the translation alone.

Data widget improvements

  • In widget configuration dialog (at widget creation time): allows to select “time bar” even when the usage bar is unavailable. This is for people with unlimited plans but who still want to know the progress of their plan period.
  • When showing roaming usage: fixed time bar showing local plan period instead of roaming plan period.

Raised maximum % threshold for network auto-disabling from 200 to 1000

This is primarily intended to be used as a security limit on daily recommended usages. These may be low so a maximum disable threshold of 200% may be not enough in case it is admissible that on one particular day the usage exceeds the recommended usage. 

Increased Pro usage graph right margin to avoid overlap when close to end of period

3G Watchdog Pro



What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.19.4

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is a bug fix release. Please update to 1.19.4 if you are using version 1.19.3!
* Fixed crash on phone start when plan does not reset on midnight AND expires while phone is off (affects only 3GWP 1.19.3).
* Updated Italian and Greek translations.

3G Watchdog Pro 1.19.3 released

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is mostly a bug fix release.

New text sizes for the big data widget

Two additional text font sizes (large and X-large) are available for the “big” data widget. “Large” corresponds to a 20% increase and “X-large” a 50% increase in font size.
You may have to restrict the number of items to be displayed to fit the available widget space, which actually depends on devices and Android versions.

Restart automatically the 3GWP service after an update

Previously the 3GW service, which runs in the background and does the counting, was not always automatically restarted after an update, you had to launch the application to guarantee that the service was started. This should no longer be necessary with the current version. 

Fixed daily usage by application not reset when phone off at midnight

Strangely it had never been noticed or reported before! 

Other Minor bug fixes

Mostly related to Android system implementation errors that would crash the app on some devices in rare cases.



What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.19.x

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

– Version 1.19.0 introduced a new “Holo” look.
– Versions 1.19.1 and 1.19.2 fixed size problems on Widgets.
– 1.19.2 also fixed a problem with the “data mobile switch” widget not longer being available on some tablets since 1.19.0.

New “Holo” look 

With time Android design guidelines have evolved and since version 3.0 (Honeycomb) the “Holo” style, including both visual and ergonomics recommendations, has become the official style.
Even if we (and many other users) liked the cartoonish style of the old user interface, we felt that it was important for the user experience to comply with these new rules, because consistency and the respect of some common rules help the user to navigate between the different applications.
A number of customers also encouraged us to move to the Holo look. This site came as far as to produce a mock up of how 3GWP would look with a Holo design. And actually this turned out to be our main source of inspiration, thanks to Ricardo Monteiro who designed the mock-up.
The Holo style is normally available since Android 3.0. By using a compatibility library we were also able to support Android version since 2.1. However older versions of Android (notably 1.5 and 1.6) are no longer supported. You can still use older versions (< 1.19.0) of 3GW on these platforms. Please note that on versions < 3.0 some visual components of the Android interface (buttons, checkboxes, etc…) will keep their old, pre-Holo look. Only the action bar (explained below) and tabs will fully behave and look “Holo”. 
This move also offered an opportunity to make the interface somewhat clearer and more consistent (without big changes to avoid getting existing users lost!).
So what changed in 1.19.x? Only the user interface. No function was added or removed.

Action bar & period Tabs

The first and most important change is the introduction of the Action bar.

The Action bar is one of the pillars of the Holo design. This is the green band at the top with the 3GW icon. It is visible in every screen of the application and displays from left to right: 

– the application icon,
– the screen title (“Usage”),
– shortcut icons for the main available actions (“refresh” and “history” on this image). Previously in 3GW these actions were accessible via buttons at the bottom of the screen.
– the menu button (3 vertical dots, not visible on this image) to show the action menu – it will be visible only if your device has no physical menu button.
–> More details about the Action bar in this Google document.
The period tabs (Plan /Day / Week / Month) will be consistently present in all 3GW screens, except the Settings screen. Depending on the size and orientation of the screen the bar will appear under (like in the above image) or in the action bar. How and where the tabs are displayed is dynamically decided by the Android system, not by the application.
As before, you can switch from one period type (tab) to the other by tapping on the tab or by swiping left or right on the screen. 


3GW has been internally reorganized to use themes. A theme is a collection of visual elements working together to give a certain look to the application. 
Currently two themes are defined: dark and light. We will probably add new ones in the future.
Here is how the main report screen looks in light style…
… and here is how it looks in dark style:
Note that the settings screen is theme-independent and has always a dark look:
The default theme is the light theme if you are a new user, dark if you upgrade from a previous version.
You can change the current theme in 3GW Settings > Look & Feel > Theme. Exit and relaunch the application to allow for the change to be taken into account.

Notification icons

The old notification icons:
were too small to be readable on certain devices / versions of Android (e.g. Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean), so we redesigned them to be simpler and larger, here is the new set (may look smaller than old icons on this page, but they are actually larger when displayed in the status bar) :
(the last one represents an undetermined state)
This change applies only to devices running Android 3.0+. Devices with older versions of Android will still use the old icons.

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.18.2

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is just a bugfix release:
* Fixed usage history incorrectly recalculated when manually setting Wifi usage.
* Device support: Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 C and S5839i on Android 2.3.

Happy New Year!

3G Watchdog - Happy New Year


solid and recommended

Written by Richard. Posted in Praise

One of my must have apps. It’s a really solid app with great features, and does just what I expect it to, counting data! I even recommend it to my friends who just bought android phones.

Follow Us