Data usage by phone apps?

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Just activated my Moto G5 this afternoon. I was very surprised to see that the phone's settings showed my data usage at over 35 MB after less than an hour, when all I had done was look at some of the settings and the phone's help app and made a couple of phone calls. I turned cellular data off as soon as I saw the data usage, but does that seem normal?

I knew apps use data but that much, and so quickly?

Should have mentioned that Koodo somehow retrieved some email contacts from the email account I gave when I activated and got them onto the phone...maybe that used the data?
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Allan, Mobile Master

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It could have been a lot higher depending on what you were doing while on data.
Go to settings, mobile data, and there you can see what used the data on you.
35MB isnt much if you were on facebook for awhile, watched a youtube video, downloaded something, etc.
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thanks for that tip...the culprits were all Google apps, principally Google Play Store and Photos, that I never even opened but maybe just run themselves when an Android phone is activated?

Google Play Store used 12.55 MB in the Foreground and 19.9 MB in the Background. Looks like if I had known and disabled both Cellular data and Background data ("enable use of cellular data in the background") for that app, that wouldn't have happened. But I don't really understand the consequences of turning off background data.
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Background data use occurs when the app in not in direct use. For instance, a weather app updating temperatures (small amount of data), or Google Play Store updating apps while the phone is not active (large amount of data). Unless you need such updates immediately, you can relegate them to Wi-Fi, by selecting the ones you need least to no consume your cellular data.
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Thanks again for the info...very helpful to a new user
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Go to the play store and make sure the auto-update box is not checked.