Monitoring Data Usage On Your Mac

In this tutorial we will be showing you how to to determine how much data your Mac is using. This is helpful if you are on a capped data plan. We will be using a program called “SurplusMeter”. You can download this application from MacUpdate. Surplus Meter is freeware.

Setting Up Surplus Meter

1. Open SurplusMeter by launching it from your dock or by searching for it in Spotlight.

Open SurplusMeter

2. Look towards the upper righthand corner of the window, where you will see a drop down menu labeled “Connection Type”. From this menu, choose how you connect to the internet. This will allow you to tell the application which port to track data usage from. When you click this, the application will immediately start to track your data usage.

Connection Type

Surplus Options

If you are using this application to track how much data you are using because of a data cap on your internet plan, you may want to look at the “Download limit” and the “Month starts on” options. You can tweak these options in the upper lefthand corner of the SurplusMeter window.

Download Limit/Month Starts

If for any reason you would like to reset SurplusMeter, look at the bottom lefthand corner of the window. Click on the button that is labeled “Reset”.


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Comments [1]

  1. BT says:

    Hi, thanks for the tip!

    Just wondering what type of connection I should choose when I'm using a USB modem device to connect to the internet? I've done downloaded a small file using each of the 5 options, but none of them seem to recognise the download at all…

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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