Apple Watch app warns when you’re nearing data limit

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The DataMan complication, as seen in the upper left of these Apple Watches, monitors your data usage.
The DataMan complication, as seen in the upper left of these Apple Watches, monitors your data usage.
Photo: DataMan

DataMan could be the name of a superhero, but it is instead an app that saves you from the dangers of going over your data limit. Now it has a sidekick for the Apple Watch that lets you be vigilant with a flick of the wrist.

The DataMan app for the watch lets you easily view your usage, but if you don’t need to know in detail, simply raise your wrist and an icon will appear in the upper left corner of your watch face that gives an idea. A green check means your safe, a blue exclamation point is for caution and a red X means you are in danger of going past your limit and paying nasty overage fees.

The DataMan Apple Watch app uses simple screens to let users know how close they are to overage.
The DataMan Apple Watch app uses simple screens to let users know how close they are to overage.
Photo: DataMan

The introduction of OS 2 lets the watch run more independent of the iPhone and native apps are springing up. With the growing sophistication of the Apple Watch comes a new buzzword that is actually as old as, well, time itself: complications.

Complications, in the case of watches, is not about trouble. It is the term for any feature on a watch face that adds additional information, like the date. In the case of the Apple Watch, you can set complications from apps that broadcast some sort of informative symbol or icon. If you use a fitness app, you can display calories burned. Weather app users can set a corner of the watch to show the temperature.

DataMan has also updated its app for iOS 9 that lets you customize the font if Apple’s San Francisco font does not suit your taste.

To get the DataMan complication, users will need to update their watches to OS 2.