If you’ve been following along with our Year in Review, then you know 2014 has been a big year for Republic. This year has been full of awesome moments like surpassing 100,000 Facebook fans and updating the handover algorithm 5 times for an evermore seamless experience. But, one milestone stands out above the rest. Our members offloaded 19.2 Petabytes of data onto WiFi. To put that number into perspective, one petabyte equals more than one million gigabytes...that’s a whole lot of cat photos.
After seeing the massive amount of data we’ve run over WiFi, I was curious to see how my offload contributed and decided to investigate. It was neat seeing how much data I’ve used throughout the year and thought it would be interesting to create a how-to using our handy-dandy data usage dashboard!
First things first, you’ll need to open up your Republic App and press the three white bars in the top left hand corner. You’ll see several options and will need to press on Data Usage to bring up your usage dashboard.
From the Data Usage Dashboard, you will see your usage from the current month, as well as the amount of data used by each application for that month.
Now that you’ve arrived at the dashboard, it’s time for things to get fun! There is a field in the upper left of the dashboard with a drop down menu that will allow you to display your cellular, WiFi, or roaming data usage. This feature allows you to compare and contrast your data usage on each network, as well as which apps are using the most data on each network. There is also a field in the upper right of the dashboard with a drop down of date ranges, as well as a Custom Date Range option. Toggling between date ranges will display your data usage based on the corresponding month. Selecting Custom Date Range enables you to display an aggregate of data usage across a designated period of time. You can also simply drag the white date markers to adjust the date range.
Note that the custom date range will only display data information dating back to when the new version of the Republic app with the Data Usage Dashboard was launched. I was able to take a look back at all of the data I’ve offloaded to WiFi since early September, and the number is pretty astounding.
In just four months I’ve offloaded over 40 gigabytes of data! Using that information, I can estimate that my total offload for the year will be right around 120 gigs. 120 gigs doesn’t even seem like a drop in the 19.2 petabyte bucket, but every little bit helps! My goal is to turn 120 gigs into 200 gigs offloaded in 2015. I hope you’ve found this helpful. I’d love to hear how much you’ve contributed to our gargantuan offload this year and what, if any, techniques you use to stay connected to WiFi. As always, leave your comments and questions here.