It may be a coincidence, but it seems like ever since we switched to the all-share plan, our data seems to be being used up at a much faster rate. Our plan rolls over on the 27th. We are already up to like 1.7 GB. We can't figure out why. Last month, we used 7.2 of our 8GB plan. We have 2 smart phones and a laptop. How can we figure this out? We really need an answer. At the rate it's clipping off now, we'll be over the limit before we're halfway through the month.
Hey Helen. Are you streaming movies? That will eat up a lot of data very quickly. I spent three days "on the road" last week with no WiFi access and barely made a dent in my data usage (I'm a new customer...I have 2GB). If you aren't streaming or downloading movies and a lot of media content, it would be very difficult to utilize nearly 2GB of data.
We do not usually stream tv shows or movies. I did when my netbook was all
I had and then only occasionally. I had 5GB all to myself back then.
However, last billing cycle, when the data usage really started to go up, I
did download a typing program on the laptop for my son, and did some
updates on Rosetta Stone. Would that have used up a lot of data? So far
this billing cycle, I did begin a download of a digital copy of a movie
from Warner Bros, but when I saw how long it was taking, I stopped it at
72% and deleted it.
I would start by loading the app Onavo Count on your devices. This is a data tracker and will give you details of what is using your data. My guess is you will see that a lot of the Bloatware is using your data. This application also gives you the ability to change how these applications use so you can set them to use data only when connected to Wi-Fi. These apps will NOT use Data then. Then ultimately you can disable any of these apps you do NOT use which will STOP data usage all together.
When I did this my data usage went from 2.4 GB per month to under .5 GB per month.
The largest contributors of my Bloatware Data Usage were (and these are not in order of usage)
Google Play Books
Google Play Movies
Google Play Music
My Verizon Mobile (used the most data)
V Cast Tones
Verizon Video (used the second highest amount of Data)
VZ Navigator (third highest user of Data)
I use NONE of these applications at all and when I disabled / changed how these use data, my data usage dropped by 2gb per month.
I'm curious, are these apps "using" data because Google Play is downloading the most recent version of the app? If you do not have Google Play set to automatically update to the latest version, this will not happen.
You list "My Verizon Mobile" as using the most data. This doesn't matter a whole lot, because data used by "My Verizon Mobile" does not count against your data allowance. This is explained HERE. Updating the app with the newest version WILL use data against your allowance, though.
I also have all of these apps with no special precautions on them such as the app you suggest and I only use about 0.5GB/month in data. The only precaution I have is that I have my apps set to "manually" update from Google Play. I don't even have them set to update on wi-fi only.
My apps are set to update automatically however that will show as Google Play using the data and not the app itself. As far as My Verizon Mobile, it did show the highest usage and it is supposed to be data free, yet I verified the numbers that Onavo was showing to what Verizon had listed and they were within megabytes of each other even with My Verizon Mobile in there. Then after i changed them all to use Wi-Fi or disabled them my data usage went way down (again consistant with Verizons site). I wonder if they list it there then filter it out at the end.
I have all the bloatware you listed and use, on the average 1.7 GB per month. Have yet to go over 2 GB. The biggest data usage is streaming anything (music, TV, radio, etc.). Another biggie are the apps people download to stop apps from running. They are forever on and scanning both your phone and the internet. If you want to keep a handle on upgrades, unclick the "automatic upgrade" block. Believe it or not, Email makes a very small dent in data usage, unless you like to send a lot of photos as attachments. Downloading apps also does not eat up that much data. And sharing data between three (or more) items will probably eat up data very quickly. I would keep a note on what I and the family is doing and then figure out the data usage.
As far as how and what we use the computers and cellphones for, we're
really not doing anything different than we were 2-3 months ago. The only
thing I know is different is a couple of programs and part of a movie I
started to download. Plus, the change in plans. It is so frustrating and
confusing because it is very hard to figure out what any given app is going
to do to how your phone works. I'm about ready to just dump all the task
killer apps and battery saving apps, and any other app that affects how
your phone works and just deal with it the way it came. Things were much
better before I started downloading that kind of app. At least, it would
seem so. Thanks for the input.
This is a little off the topic, but from what I've heard task killer and battery saver apps actually use more battery, because the way the Android operating system works is that it tries to keep the device's memory loaded with apps that may be needed. When an app-killer kills an app, the system just reloads that app, or loads another one, thus churning through battery. But how that would affect data usage I don't know. At any rate, you shouldn't really lose anything by dumping them.
You should dump the Task Killers anyway. The way the Android Operating system works is it has logic built into it to shut down apps that are not used and it maintains a virtual list of applications you do use. So when you kill an app and the app restarts itself, Android thinks you are using it and moves it right to the top of the list. If you let is sit it will eventually move down the list and eventually stay off. Battery saver apps use more juice then they save.
I do NOT do any streaming of Movies or Music. I do NOT have any Task killers and usually do NOT send large emails or large pictured through my phone. Right after I updated to ICS I would notice the sync symbol on my phone indicating it was syncing. I would look at Onavo and see that VZ Navigator just used 2 mb of data, then Slacker etc... I guess I would not mind it so much if I actually used these apps, but really, why would I pay 10 bucks a month for Navigation when I have Google Maps on the phone with Free Navigation so really anything that VZ Navigator uses is a waste. The apps I listed I do not use at all. Another hog of Data which I did not list was Backup Assistant (I also do NOT use Backup Assistant and went to great deals of trouble to make sure it does not sync by having the Verizon Wireless CS agent change the Backup assistant Pin and never updating my phone with it) If I go into Backup assistant it is reflective of my contacts from 2 years ago when it did sync and not now.
I have never used VZ Navigator and Onavo shows 0mb. Same way with Backup Assistant. I wonder why your device reflects such high passive usage? You wouldn't think passive usage could use 2GB of data. That's a lot of data, requiring one to actively try to get that much data through the phone.
I agree with you on the Passive usage. I would have thought if anything it would have a fraction of an MB just in its calling home. I do know that Backup Assistant though calls home many times per day, and mine might be trying to connect because when I got the phone, the store set up the Backup Assistant so Backup Assistant was used to trying, so it could be that since I dont allow it to connect, it keeps trying. Reality is on these apps though is if I dont use them, then it should not use any data. So by changing the attribute in Onavo to use Data only with Wi-Fi, it cannot use any data at all now.