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Questions about "Restrict Background Data" on Galaxy S5

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by msmigiel, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. msmigiel

    msmigiel Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hello all,

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon and I'm always looking for ways to improve battery life since I use so few features of the phone (call/text/camera, a weather widget, Gmail, Google Maps, that's about it).

    In the Power saving mode settings, I see an option called "Restrict Background Data". I've Googled around and found some information but none of it recent so I wanted to ask a few questions.

    1.) Does this apply only to mobile data or also wifi?
    2.) What qualifies as background data? For example, I would assume calls/text do not but would my weather widget still update at its specified intervals and would Gmail tell me of any new emails?
    3.) Will this affect my ability to get OS updates from Samsung and updates via Google Play?
    4.) How much battery life does this actually save?
     


  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    1. Mobile data
    2. Mostly everything that uses data automatically. Yes your weather widget may be affected. But some widgets have settings to update on phone unlock anyway.
    3. No. You just have to download them yourself. They won't download automatically.
    4. Depends on how much data was happening. If there was a lot, then it will save a lot in your perspective.
     
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