Android OS excessive data usage

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Yesterday July 27th my phone used 159 megs of data in the "Android OS" app - what the heck was that all about?

We were out geocaching but only using the GPS and c:geo app with Radar. Live maps were not being used (since we know this uses data). And any data used would have been listed under c:geo.

Did some OS upgrade come through without me knowing??
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Hi Wayne,

You can easily check your phone where all that data came from, depending on the model:

Go to Settings - Data Usage - Mobile Data and select yesterday, the app that used all that data should be visible right at the top.
Then you can change that app to update/download on WiFi only - I don't allow any uploads or downloads except while on WiFi, especially system or app updates :)
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Me too, July 26th my Android all of a sudden used 47Meg of data and I wasn't doing anything on the net. Turns out my Google Play store had updated, but my settings were set to "Do Not auto update apps". This 47Meg should of never happened. This better not ever happen again.
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Did the play store update or were just 47MB of data used from Google Play? I find just scrolling through google play uses a strange amount of data sometimes so that may have been the case.
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"This 47Meg should of never happened. This better not ever happen again"

You would need to take that issue up with the manufacturer of the phone. Not much Koodo can do when your phone requests data.
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I was not doing anything with the Play Store. I was too busy to hardly use my phone except for the odd text message and phone call. I'll be keeping an eye on this and if it should happen again, I'll be going after the Play Store. Thanks for comments/inputs.
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Thanks Sophia,

I can see that for things like Google Play, the for the "Android OS" data usage this option is not available.
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You mean auto updating of apps over WiFi only? It's a setting in the Play Store itself: go to settings (within the Play Store) and then the second option select "Auto-update Apps over WiFi only" (3rd on the list). That should prevent some unnecessary data exchanges in the future!
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Oh wait, you're saying Android OS used all that data??? Did you get a system update?

That is yet another setting in the "regular settings" if that still makes sense, lol. Go to Settings - About Device - Software update and then tick "Wi-Fi only".

Honestly getting all the data settings right on an Android is like solving a jigsaw puzzle :P
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I'm here that using data up yes us WiFi the problem using WiFi is slow using voip faster contact ion
some times using WiFi you will see security notes??
how handle this use datea quickly call Facebook witter use fast you won't use as much don't live it on
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@Matthew, I think on the purrpull speekhr is not th for me. Nowe when blutoothe is 5G it will be mor good four OS. Go appl but can same as scaner?

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Sophia, my Play Store is set for wifi only.

I don't see anything under Settings / About phone / System Updates that can set anything - it just has a last checked status and a button for "Check Now".

I am really at a loss to explain why an OS that takes < 9megs of memory would suck down 159 megs of data in one day (over 4-5 events). My monthly plan only has 300 megs so this is a painful shock, and if I don't understand how it happened or what was going on, I can not prevent it in future (other than to turn data off, which is rather not the idea of having a data plan ...)
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Yes that would be a shock! What phone do you have?

If you click "Check now" (under Settings - About phone - System updates) my S5 gives 3 options, Update now, Auto update (checked) and Wi-Fi only (also checked).

BTW do you have Google+ or Dropbox automatic uploading of pictures enabled? That too should be set to WiFi only. There are a few apps in the Play Store that track your usage, I think Onavo is a pretty good one.

Lastly you COULD try to call Koodo (*611) and say your excess data was a complete surprise and shock to you - they might be lenient for once... it's worth a try :)
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Here's the link to Onavo (sorry I spelled it wrong earlier): https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...

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