30. 04. 2021
Android smartphone users may experience Internet traffic leaks when the phone is not being used. But how can this be? And everything is quite banal. Here are 4 main things that eat up our internet traffic even when we don’t use it.
Updates of installed apps on Google Play
The problem appeared as soon as the Google Play developers added a new feature called «Auto-update apps». If a user has a large number of applications and games installed on his device and this function is enabled, then the leak will be quite high. Disabling this function is simple, for this you need to go to the market settings and check the box «Update programs manually when connected to Wi-Fi».
When installing an application, you need to carefully monitor what the user gives permission to. After receiving permission from the user, the application often begins to «devour» the Internet traffic of the owner of the device. During installation, you need to understand whether the application needs an Internet connection. It happens that the Internet is not needed at all for the full functionality of the application. Why, then, does it request access to Internet traffic. The answer is simple to serve ads to the user.
Frequent widget updates
If the user is actively using widgets such as: weather for tomorrow, news for today, etc. Then he needs to be prepared for a serious loss of precious megabytes of traffic. This software does not spare user traffic due to very frequent updates.
Android system updates
Updates of this kind play a major role in the relevance of smartphone software. But this does not mean that you need to update your smartphone as soon as system updates are received on it. Firstly, the new update may contain bugs. Secondly, frequent updates consume a lot of traffic, because usually the downloadable update package has a hefty volume.
It is advisable to set the «Ask when downloading an update» function in the smartphone settings. This way the user will save bandwidth and protect his device from potential problems after installing the update.
How to avoid the fact of «theft»?
Most smartphones today come with a factory feature called Smart Traffic Saver. To enable it, you need to go to the settings menu and click «Wireless networks» and go to «Traffic statistics». This option allows you to significantly reduce the volume of leakage or completely remove it by partially or completely limiting the traffic channel for installed applications.
These are the 4 main things that eat up our mobile internet, even when it’s on in the background. Therefore, if your traffic is important to you, you know what to do 🙂