Do Android apps use Internet data even when the apps are not being actively used?

Drsunil V October 25, 2013

Do Android apps nibble internet data even when the apps are not being actively used? If yes , how to know which apps are using the most?

  1. Drsunil V
    November 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Which is an easy way to prevent apps from using Internet data unnecessarily?

  2. Rama M
    October 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Yes , many apps will use Internet even when you have not started the App . Chat, messaging , e-mail ,social and Cloud apps will do ... in some apps you can control by going to settings and changing necessary options (like disabling background upload, pre-fetch ..) ..

  3. Susendeep D
    October 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Any apps which are not being used by the user still can load and connect to internet.They can be email,messaging apps which checks for updates.

    You can check for data usage by using the apps mentioned above or by going to Settings -->Wireless & networks -->Data Usage.
    There you can see which apps are consuming more amount of data.

  4. Ryan Dube
    October 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    A lot of apps do regularly reach out to "synch" data with your online account that you might have with the company. It can be a real nightmare to try and manage all of those individually if you're concerned about unnecessary use of your data plan - so you might just consider using an app to turn your data on only when you need to use the apps, and turn it off when you don't.

    Keep in mind that turning it off will also turn off email synching, so you won't be notified immediately when you receive an incoming email. You'll have to wait until you switch on your data and check your email to see any new messages. But if you regularly check emails at intervals throughout the day, that shouldn't really matter.

  5. Justin D
    October 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Yes, a lot of applications use data in the background. You can check how much by downloading an app like Onavo Count, which tracks your data usage. Alternatively, most newer versions of Android have data tracking built-in. On stock Android, the feature is located under Settings > Data Usage, although that could vary depending on your version of Android. From there, you can see how much data is being used by each app. If you click on the app, it will show you a breakdown of how much of that data was used in the foreground and how much was used in the background.

  6. Hovsep A
    October 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    well some applications are set to autocheck updates so they will connect to internet

    Onavo Count | Data Usage

    Joiku Phone Usage Free

    SPB Wireless Monitor

    My Data Manager

    • Drsunil V
      October 31, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Thanks. Can you pl tell also , what other reasons would apps nibble mobile internet data , other than for updating?

    • Drsunil V
      October 31, 2013 at 6:34 am

      Thanks to all respondents - Oron J , Hovsep A , Justin D , Ryan Dube , Susendeep D , Rama M for the answers. Your answers have been +1d by me

    • Hovsep A
      November 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      sync if you scheduled online google store always check for updates of various applications, if you download application and set update to automatic then google will check latest updates everytime that you switch your device ON.

  7. Oron J
    October 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

    It depends on what you mean by "actively used". If the app has not been started at all, it does nothing. If it is running in the background (e.g. Mail apps or news apps which have news "pushed" to them) then they will use up bandwidth. Some applications are set up to start running in the background as soon as you switch on the phone, so obviously they will use up bandwith without appearing to "run" at all.
    As for the second half of your question, I'm as curious as you to see what people have to suggest!

    • Sunil
      October 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

      hi. Actively implying running in foreground. Not actively implying running in background

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