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Old January 26th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Holy Smokes! High Data Usage by Android OS! [SOLVED]

Hi Everyone,

I just got a warning about my data limit from T-Mobile saying that I hit the 2Gb limit. I thought that this was kind of strange because I don't use that much data via 3g/4g because I am around WiFi most of the day!
I check the data monitor on my GNex and this is what I saw! In the space of one week, Android OS used almost a GIG of data!
Has anyone else out there had this sort of data consumption?!? Does anyone have a clue as to what could be the culprit?

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Old January 26th, 2012, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have instant upload enabled on Google+? I haven't seen Android OS use much data at all on my phone, but I don't use Google+ at all.
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Holy hungry Android. I just check my data usage for 12/19 - 1/18 (I figured month one would be highest, playing and all) and Android OS used 1.72 MB for the month!!! Are you on a custom rom or kernel
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That is very strange. My Android OS, in the span of a week, uses maybe 1mb max.

Hopefully someone can chime in with an idea of what's causing your Android OS' high data usage.
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i have used about 10.5 GB from Jan 5 - Jan 26 (5.5 of it on wifi). i show my OS only taken up 22.43MB out of my data. you must have and app whether google + or photobucket that is running almost constantly in the background.

go into your apps and look at your running apps. should be able to see data usage.

also under your data usage setting, you can restict background data
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No, I don't really use G+(Instant Upload is off), in fact, it's listed as using only 7.85Mb in the past month.
I am using the stock ROM and I don't use any picture services, so I really don't have a clue as to what the data hog is!
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Maybe you're inadvertently making your Google Music tracks "Available offline"?

EDIT: Oops! That would show up as "Music" under data usage.
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did you like JUST get your phone? if so that might all be from when google mirrors your settings from the last android you had.
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in the last week I have only 8mb from android os, but the gallery app is at 154 mb. I do not have google-photos synced and I have disabled Google+. Why is gallery using so much foreground data?
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did you like JUST get your phone? if so that might all be from when google mirrors your settings from the last android you had.
No, I have had it for over a month now, so that sort of data usage would have been during December.
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did you like JUST get your phone? if so that might all be from when google mirrors your settings from the last android you had.
If you look at my post near the top of the thread, I took the entire first month I had the phone (under the assumption you had) that it was a setup thing or just playing with a new toy. I had a ton to sync up and played a lot and i used 1.72 mb. He is nearing a gig.
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my Android OS reads 8.5mb between jan 14th and jan 26th...something is def off
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Just did a check as to my data usage and Android OS has used almost 12Mb *today*, January 27th and the day is barely half over!
I really hope that I can find a reason for this!
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Just did a check as to my data usage and Android OS has used almost 12Mb *today*, January 27th and the day is barely half over!
I really hope that I can find a reason for this!
I have a curious thought. Those with higher usages, are you using a lot of widgets or a live wallpaper that uses data. I wonder if that would show up under Android. I have a live wallpaper for Weatherbug Pro that is a doplar radar map. Its hideous but I can't imagine anything would use more data as a live walpaper. Let me turn it on for an hour or so and see what happens. As I only used ~2MB for a month, I would imagine that this would show up pretty quickly.
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I have a curious thought. Those with higher usages, are you using a lot of widgets or a live wallpaper that uses data. I wonder if that would show up under Android. I have a live wallpaper for Weatherbug Pro that is a doplar radar map. Its hideous but I can't imagine anything would use more data as a live walpaper. Let me turn it on for an hour or so and see what happens. As I only used ~2MB for a month, I would imagine that this would show up pretty quickly.
I got nuthin , the Android OS data usage is beyond me. Maybe a ROM dev could enlighten us. I still can't understand nearly a GB though. That is nuts.
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Ha I am up to 14.112 GB thank you Unlimited DATA
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I have a curious thought. Those with higher usages, are you using a lot of widgets or a live wallpaper that uses data. I wonder if that would show up under Android. I have a live wallpaper for Weatherbug Pro that is a doplar radar map. Its hideous but I can't imagine anything would use more data as a live walpaper. Let me turn it on for an hour or so and see what happens. As I only used ~2MB for a month, I would imagine that this would show up pretty quickly.
Anything that I could think of that would be using data in the background all have listings separate from the "Android OS" listing.

It's really bizarre, but I am keeping a close eye on it. I have my reporting period set from the 27th of January and I have already used ~40Mb! Also, on WiFi, Android OS has used ~612Mb!
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Anything that I could think of that would be using data in the background all have listings separate from the "Android OS" listing.

It's really bizarre, but I am keeping a close eye on it. I have my reporting period set from the 27th of January and I have already used ~40Mb! Also, on WiFi, Android OS has used ~612Mb!
Yeah, I'm can't figure this on either. I tried a few different things to figure what is affecting this. It may just be that we can see what is using data now in ICS whereas before we only new how much total. I'm unlimited as well, so I am not concerned for myself. I would, however like to find an answer for our non-unlimited friends.
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Ok, this is nuts! Does anyone know where and/or who I could contact about this problem? This is getting pretty serious as you can see by the screen caps below.
I need to talk to someone at Google to find out what is going on! This is going to crush my data caps in a couple of weeks!

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I am encountering this same issue on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. In about a week's time I have had the android system (specifically process android.uid.system:1000) upload over 700 MB of data on my mobile connection and over 2GB on my wifi. I am googling/posting around where ever I can but have yet to find a solution.
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Do you have the Google backup feature turned on? I turned mine off right away as it was a big culprit in my battery life and I would think it would be a data hog as well.
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Yes, my google backup is turned on. I wouldn't think that this feature should be using 2-300 MB per day.

Update: Disabling Google Backup fixed the data use issue. I doubt this is typical so I may re-enable at a later time to see if deleting my backup and starting over gives me a different result.
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I am also going to turn off Backup Data and see if that was the culprit. I will report back in the next day or so!

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After a day, it does seem that Backup Data function was the data hog. I will wait and see for one more day.
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Maybe you're inadvertently making your Google Music tracks "Available offline"?

EDIT: Oops! That would show up as "Music" under data usage.

This Can't be it, I made an album available offline this morning and im still only at OOPS 1.78 not 6mb for the last few days since i got my Gnex

EDIT: Just saw your Edit. :P
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Ok, this is nuts! Does anyone know where and/or who I could contact about this problem? This is getting pretty serious as you can see by the screen caps below.
I need to talk to someone at Google to find out what is going on! This is going to crush my data caps in a couple of weeks!

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I dont know how your managing this, but remember, all the apps (google+, voice, books etc) show their own usage. currently my Android OS is at 1.78Mb after a few day... If i knew how to post a pic from work i would but i cant.

I like to have all my Google services running. And aside from maybe...battery my phone is not affected. My Google Music is however at 181Mb, therefore i pinned my favorite album.
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It seems that the data backup is the culprit to all the data hog problems. I turn it off and the amount of data sent out plummeted.

Soooo...if you are experiencing severe data usage, check out the Backup Data function.
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A little help here? If I turn off 'backup data'- it says it will erase all copies of wifi passwords,bookmarks, and app data on google servers. I don't really want that to happen, do I ??
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Wonder if that will affect battery life too?

My backup is enabled and last month (Dec. 15-Jan.15), Android OS only used 1.56mb.

Hell, I only used 38mb for the whole month.

I'm Verizon with unlimited plan.
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A little help here? If I turn off 'backup data'- it says it will erase all copies of wifi passwords,bookmarks, and app data on google servers. I don't really want that to happen, do I ??
This backup is only used if you reset or buy a new phone. When you sign in again after a wipe your browser bookmarks, a list of applications previously installed and wifi passwords are restored automatically. No need to worry about turning this off.
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Hello I'm new to this forum and had the same problem I did different stuff like run apps individually till I found out that playing YouTube videos was the culprit its data usage goes under android os.
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had my one x about 6weeks now and its got the new European update,

last couple of days android OS has been downloading almost constantly, let it do 100mb a day then switched off network as its going to go over my 1gb per month, it never used to do this, i have turned off everything else, its just showing the OS as being the downloader, anyone any idea as to why?
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Default SGS3 - Android Gallery app just took 305mb in less than an hour.

Just had this problem with my new SGS3.. By chance I had a limit set on my data, but it still download in background 305mb.. can't find what it is. The "Sync Google Photos" and "Sync Picasa Web Albums" did not ran at all today so it's not the cause.. but I must find why it download that much on mobile data, when I was all night long on wifi so it should have download what it needs last night.
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i have a razr maxx with ICS, can someone tell me how to go about turning off "backup data"? still fairly new to the phone and android so i don't know my way around it completely yet.
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Under settings you should see an option for backup & reset.
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I got the same problem i hit 8.32 MB I don't even use it that match either
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i have a razr maxx with ICS, can someone tell me how to go about turning off "backup data"? still fairly new to the phone and android so i don't know my way around it completely yet.
i found it under "Privacy" for anyone who cares lol
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i found it under "Privacy" for anyone who cares lol
Ah, forgot. They moved it in ICS and I sometimes lose track of what phones have been updated. Thanks.
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I really hope that the Backup Data function is the culprit. Last time i encountered this problem i had to reset my whole phone, just to get it back to normal for about a month or so...
(only made an account to comment in this debate, since i encounter the same series of problems way 2 often)
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Default Factory reset solved it for me

Had a similar problem, since upgrading to ICS, whenever I went from WiFi to 3G, "Android OS"/"OS services" started consuming huge amounts of data, roughly 10MB per hour.
Tried disabling sync, disabling refresh on AP mobile and all the other suggestions in this thread and nothing worked.
So I did a factory reset and this time I didn't restore everything using Titanium Backup but did everything manually. Took more time to set everything up again, but now I'm back to much less than 1MB a day from the "Android OS".
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Had a similar problem, since upgrading to ICS, whenever I went from WiFi to 3G, "Android OS"/"OS services" started consuming huge amounts of data, roughly 10MB per hour.
Tried disabling sync, disabling refresh on AP mobile and all the other suggestions in this thread and nothing worked.
So I did a factory reset and this time I didn't restore everything using Titanium Backup but did everything manually. Took more time to set everything up again, but now I'm back to much less than 1MB a day from the "Android OS".
Hope it helps.

I would imagine this would happen if you restored Google apps and their data from a TiBu backup (or if you mistakenly restored system data, which you should never do). You only restore user apps and their data, and after that you then restore Google apps without their data.
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My new Samsung Galaxy Exhilirate LTE phone was using up 8MB daily out of my 200MB/monthly plan. Thanks to GalaxyN and CoopeLA1 posts, I found that phone had Data Back up enabled (under Privacy setting). I disabled it and now phone system data use down to almost nil!!!! Thanks!!!!!!
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You may want to try turning off your mobile network while on wifi. Worth a shot.
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Same thing happened to me...***just***at the beginning of my billing cycle, Android OS used 487MB of my data. Now I'm stuck with 1G (they lie those Tmobile losers) for the rest of the month. What the heck happened? In one shot, it used ALL that data? Using Titanium now to uninstall google...sorry big brother! (read 1984 by george orwell for that reference)
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Just found this little golden nugget of info on the interwebs!
Battery dying overnite? Heavy Android OS usage? Use wifi a lot? Read on!
Great. Just, great. Well, try disabling both google backup...(Probably Settings-> Backup And Reset ->Uncheck the top box and then try doing stuff in the above thread. Thank me if this helped!
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A little help here? If I turn off 'backup data'- it says it will erase all copies of wifi passwords,bookmarks, and app data on google servers. I don't really want that to happen, do I ??
On google servers is the key part. Disabling backup will just remove google's copy of your personal information. (Did I mention they stalk you? Well, they do) The only *real* downside is that if you trash your phone, you'll have to put your info back in.

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