Why does Android Nexus One consume 50 MB of internet data transfer per day?

M.S September 21, 2010
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I have noticed that my Android is consuming over 50 MB per day from my internet bandwidth. I do not have my synchronization set on, nor the Background Data setting set as one either. I have checked my Android updates, and nothing was installed today.

My Task killer shows the following apps running: Twitter, Amazon mp3, antivirus, Email and Voice Search.

Whenever I check my internet status on the top bar, it shows that it’s receiving or sending data using 3G network. What could be consuming so much internet traffic though my phone?

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  1. Steve mcnamar
    April 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    In your case its a kinda weird. There are a lot of suggestions in the comments but maybe this post http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1382061 will help you. Actually , i've downloading and uploading everyday files through 4shared application without any limitations. If you are interested you can download it at android market.

  2. Bo
    September 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    As a side note, there absolutely no reason to run either a task killer or an antivirus. The task killer likely does more harm than good (this has been beaten to death, but suffice to say that Android does task management automatically See here for example:http://geekfor.me/faq/you-shouldnt-be-using-a-task-killer-with-android/ ) Also, antivirus is pretty much pointless piece of software in a virtual machine environment such as Android other than perhaps serving you up a bunch of ads, which themselves might be eating up some of that 50MB you use. My recommendation is uninstall both.

    • Jeremy Oscar Somerville Hindle
      September 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

      Agreed - no task killers should be used on Android devices. Antivirus is also a waste of time. Several of the antivirus apps were actually just apps which were sending user data to the internet so be wary of them, in fact just don't install them.

      50mb seems excessive unless you do a lot of browsing or use media applications a lot like youtube. You might want to check through your applications to make sure there isn't a dodgey one which is uploading your call data e.t.c That's the worst case scenario.

      Other things you can do to lower your data consumption is to:

      Lengthen the periods of time that you apps leave between updates (twitter, facebook, e.t.c)

      Use a data connection toggle widget (as outlined in other comments here) to turn off data connection except when you need it. - note this isnt really a solution to your problem it just covers it up. The main usage of this is in order to save batter when you don't need a data connection.

  3. Anonymous
    September 22, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Try APNdroid to disable EDGE/3G
    http://code.google.com/p/apndroid/

    edit or delete your APN settings so that you phone cannot connect to your data plan. Make sure you make a note of them if you want to reconnect in the future!

    Also check that your sync isn't on as this is a constant connection to the internet.
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/android/thread?tid=1f9a6305673f6eac&hl=en

    sometimes if you didnt well uninstalled some softs then they still can work over internet.

    Disable Mobile Internet Connection Through Dialer – Method 4

    Open dialer.
    Dial *#*#4636#*#* to open “Testing” screen.
    Tap on Phone Information.
    Press the Menu key or button.
    Tap on More.
    Tap on Disable data connection to disconnect and make inactive any data connection immediately.
    Tap on Disable data on boot to disable data connection on next boot up.

    instal Spare Parts
    http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.androidapps.spare_parts
    Then go to battery history then in the top dropdown box use network usage.
    It will show a bar graph/list of sorts of the apps using data. Click on that app and it will show you how many bytes were sent and received.

    • Jeremy Oscar Somerville Hindle
      September 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      I second using Spare Parts - Its fantastic for this kind of thing.

      • Aibek
        October 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

        another vote for Spare Parts

  4. David
    September 22, 2010 at 6:51 am

    My best suggestion is to kill all the apps and test one per day. Make sure on your first day of testing turn off all your applications to make sure your phone isn't using any hidden data. That will be your best answer to finding out which applications use more data.

    Try it and see what happens. I know it's a bit tedious and annoying but that will help you understand what applications are using the most data. Good luck!

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