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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dir, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. dir

    dir New Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 26, 2010
    Ok, granted that I just got my phone and the battery might still be stabilising, and of course I'm fiddling with it a lot and I've installed heaps of apps, but I can't quite work out something.

    I unplugged my phone at midnight and this morning found my phone at 70% charge. I also got a message from my provider that I'd used up all my data. I checked and found that my phone had used up (sent+received) 30MB overnight.

    Google Maps was the biggest culprit - it received 700K but it sent almost 8MB. This is while the phone was sitting on my bedside table!

    And of course, as I'm driving to work (not using the phone at all), Google Maps was transmitting my location information back to it's servers so that the traffic flow is updated on their systems. That's cool, but there doesn't appear to be any way to disable or turn off this in GM's configuration, or even exit the app.

    It seems that having My Location services enabled gives Google Maps (and I'm sure other apps like weather, gmail, Contacts, etc.) free reign to send and transmit data all the time. I don't want to have to disable My Location services completely; I want finer control over things on a per-app basis.

    Having Google Maps transmit 8MB overnight might not seem like a lot, but when the phone is idle, it disables wireless (to save battery) and thus all data is going through 2G/3G and I'm incurring data charges. I could easily consume an additional 250MB/month on just this activity alone (or even worse if 30MB is standard for overnight, then 30x31=1GB/month!), which in Australia costs quite a lot.


  2. Hegemony

    Hegemony Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    I write about technology for Maximum PC and Tested
    in the Transcend
    Don't think there are any settings in the Android OS for that kind of fine-grained control. But if you just don't want your phone eating up data at night, you can try using JuiceDefender to turn off cell data while you sleep.
  3. cyberbob25

    cyberbob25 Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Additionally, you can configure it to keep WiFi enabled during sleep. Contrary to your statement, WiFi uses less battery than the 3G radio (though not 2G).
  4. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    Pompey, UK
    Do you have Latitude enabled? Could be constantly updating your location?

    More to the point, why on earth do you need Maps up while you sleep?
  5. Buck Shot

    Buck Shot Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    Jersey Shore
    I've notice this as of late that maps has been running in my task killer. It never use to. I kill it and it comes back.

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