LG G2 Verizon Android OS - huge data usage ?


Dec 21, 2013
My boyfriend and I just joined Verizon with new LG G2s. After using the phones for 3 days we both received messages that we had hit our 2Gig shared data limit. Data usage on his phone says Android OS used 400 MB in background data while mine used 1.6 MB.

Any ideas what is going on here, why there should be such a huge difference and what we do to fix it? I have gone into Settings > Mobile Data to auto-update over wi-fi only and to only sync things when I tell it to. Should that do it? Is it possible to get more detail of what the phone is doing?

Streaming music? Lots of autosync. Depends what he is doing. Limit background data on useless apps(in mobile data settings). Debloat, freeze crap stock software. Limit yourself on YouTube and social apps. Takes some training, bit once you get decent with limiting your usages, really doesn't impact much.
He handed me his phone to set limits on data usage for him. It said 400 MB were used by Android OS. He played some games. No streaming music or movies. I cut back the auto-sync stuff this evening.
Another endorsement for My Data Manager. I am hard pressed to hit 1.5 GB during a month (3 month's use with G2 here). Like you, I don't stream (music or movies), but don't Facebook or upload a lot of photos (I have my photo sync set to only do so on Wi-Fi).

However, speaking of Wi-Fi, I probably would hit a high usage if I didn't use Wi-Fi (I also have it set so my apps don't auto update unless on Wi-Fi). I'm halfway through my billing cycle and have used only 450 MB of mobile data -- HOWEVER -- I have used 1.85 GB on Wi-Fi. That surprises me (I never really took notice of the W-Fi figure), that means I have technically used over 2 GB of data [total]. Are either or both of you on Wi-Fi when at home? If not, I would consider it, if possible.

As others have stated, with an app like My Data Manager (or one of similar out there), you can not only tell where you are at for data usage, but also what app(s) are using the most data (RSS Reader, You Tube, Play Store, Browser, E-Mail, etc.).

Good luck and let us know what you discover.
My girlfriends G2 was having the stock Email app download her Yahoo email over and over. To the point of 300MB of data in a 3 hour period. Disabled it and all is fine now.
Ravenbrook: you should have your GF run to an email replacement like K9 Mail. And, oh no, don't get me going on Yahoo...