There are many reasons why you may need to keep an eye on what's going with your bandwidth at any given moment, especially while on a cell network. Perhaps you need to monitor a download that's going on in the background, or maybe you just need to make sure that no apps are hogging data without permission. Whatever the reason, if you've been searching for an easy to way to address this issue, we've found the solution: Network Monitor Mini.

Network Monitor Mini is one of the simplest, yet most useful apps we've ever used - it displays both upload and download speeds on the screen at all times. it sounds like it could be obtrusive, but it's so minimal, you barely notice it's there (unless you look directly at it, of course).

Update: Artem took a video that shows Network Monitor Mini Pro in action. The Pro version has a feature that hides the counter when network is idle as well as allows removing the icon from the notification bar. It only costs $1.

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See it there? It's up in the top right corner - just a small, convenient little monitor. Of course, it doesn't have to be in the top right corner - you have the option of placing it in any of the four corners. It also has four color choices, including white, green, blue, and yellow; there is even an option to change the transparency of the background.


Like I said, it's just an extremely handy app to have installed. It's small, easy to use, provides a decent amount of customization, and, best of all, it's free. Hit the widget to grab it for yourself.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    This was my choice for the app of the month - reminds me of DU Meter on my Windows machine, except it's on Android and is exactly what I've been looking for for a while.

  • sugar0

    For some reason it doesen't work on ICS/GN

  • Nick Coad

    I like the simplicity of this one, been looking for something like this - thanks for the heads up.

  • Jimla

    No SGSII support? Or is it another US only app?

    • Tim

      with Moto RAZR too :(
      i think problem isnt in country because when similar situation i see "This item cannot be installed in your device's country." message and now i see "This item is not compatible with your device."

  • phreqd

    I use "My data manager ". Breaks it down wifi vs mobile and by your billing cycle.

    • Vex

      Ditto. The graphs showing past usage are great too.

  • Amar

    Installed on Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 but did not work.

  • Todd

    Won't work on the Bionic either.

  • PointZeroOne

    Says it's not available for my SGS2 but is available for my old HTC Legend o_O

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Just bought the Pro version and posted a quick video hands-on above. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbqGfTc_ERE

  • http://www.geeknik.com/ geeknik

    Looks pretty cool, does it just monitor LTE or does it handle everything including WiFi?

  • http://techx64.com Tushar Agarwal

    Why is Network Monitor Mini limited to only few android devices?