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Finding bandwidth hogging apps


  1. sswords

    sswords New Member

    I have a Droid X, and I got a nasty surprise after using it for a couple of weeks: I had gone through over 10 GB (not a typo) of bandwidth already, and earned a friendly call from Verizon telling me to shape up or they'd terminate my contract. Since then I've been running with background data turned off (settings -> data manager -> data delivery -> uncheck background data.) This works nicely and keeps my bandwidth down to usually a megabyte or so per day, preserves the battery, etc, but it seems like overkill. What I really want to find out is what was using so much bandwidth to begin with, and find a way to let my well-behaved apps run and update themselves, etc while preventing these bad ones from running.

    Anyone know of a way to track bandwidth usage on an app-by-app basis? Is that even possible? Or, has anyone else run into a similar problem and found a way to solve it?

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  2. RyanB

    RyanB Guest

    Have you been streaming much? How about tethering?
  3. sswords

    sswords New Member

    I do some of that, but it's not the problem. With background data turned off, even if I watch some youtube or tether for some time, the bandwidth stays under control. As soon as I turn on background data, I'm using around 50MB per hour, for no good reason, it seems.
  4. BigMak2012

    BigMak2012 New Member

    Yeah, tell me about it! I am going through the exact same problem and was wondering if you figured out a way to find out the offending app. Please let me know.
  5. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    Give Watchdog Lite a try. It will give you a detailed review of your data use by app and network.
  6. RyanB

    RyanB Guest

    Watchdog is pretty cool. I grabbed when Amazon gave it away, and use it more to watch what's hogging the CPU at times. It's pretty helpful stuff.
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