Holy Smokes! High Data Usage by Android OS! [SOLVED]Support


Last Updated: 2015-05-14 03:03:47
  1. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    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?

    Thanks,
    RMFlagg

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  2. PhilosoRaptor

    PhilosoRaptor Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    Holy hungry Android:eek:. 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
  4. elmerjr128

    elmerjr128 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. kabachy

    kabachy Active Member

    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
  6. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    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!
  7. Andrew725

    Andrew725 Active Member

    Maybe you're inadvertently making your Google Music tracks "Available offline"?

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

    Lohung Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. JM33

    JM33 Well-Known Member

    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?
  10. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    No, I have had it for over a month now, so that sort of data usage would have been during December.
  11. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    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.
  12. 18t

    18t Well-Known Member

    my Android OS reads 8.5mb between jan 14th and jan 26th...something is def off
  13. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    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!
  14. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    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.
  15. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    I got nuthin :confused:, 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.
  16. Johndubbya77

    Johndubbya77 Active Member

    Ha I am up to 14.112 GB thank you Unlimited DATA
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  17. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    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!
  18. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    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.
  19. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    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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  20. ClawDaddy

    ClawDaddy Member

    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.
  21. GalaxyN

    GalaxyN Member

    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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  22. ClawDaddy

    ClawDaddy Member

    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.
  23. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    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!

    RMF
  24. RMFlagg

    RMFlagg Member

    After a day, it does seem that Backup Data function was the data hog. I will wait and see for one more day.
  25. pacothebandit

    pacothebandit Well-Known Member


    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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