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    Default Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Now that I'm on TMobile's $30/month deal and there's a limit (5gb) of non-throttled data, I want to know when I get near that level. But it looks like the Android Data Usage in settings doesn't differentiate between data you download on wifi and data you do over cell radios. Is this right?
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    AFAIK the data usage tab only shows mobile data, i.e. carrier bandwidth usage, not WiFi.

    So you should be good to set your limits. I set my sons to shut off at 800mb even though he is on a 1gb plan.


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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Yes, it does differentiate. by default you wont see wifi data usage you have to check a box in settings to see wifi usage.

    then you will see both in 2 tabs
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnie_r View Post
    AFAIK the data usage tab only shows mobile data, i.e. carrier bandwidth usage, not WiFi.

    So you should be good to set your limits. I set my sons to shut off at 800mb even though he is on a 1gb plan.


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    I've heard this before but I wasn't sure since it also works on the Nexus 7 despite it being only wifi.
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6tr6tr View Post
    I've heard this before but I wasn't sure since it also works on the Nexus 7 despite it being only wifi.
    just to enable my above tip go to, settings-->data usage-->menu(three dots)-->show wifi usage
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Yeah, what he said. I've noticed that i have had like 11 GB of data even though it's all wifi.
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    just to enable my above tip go to, settings-->data usage-->menu(three dots)-->show wifi usage
    Thanks, I didn't see that before.
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6tr6tr View Post
    Thanks, I didn't see that before.
    glad i could help.
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    my data usage will show about 4.2 to 4.4gb when tmobile sends me a text saying I've gone over my allotted 5gb limit.

    not sure why that is, but it's strange
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    Default Re: Does Android's data usage "meter" differentiate between wifi and radio data?

    Quote Originally Posted by severinj View Post
    my data usage will show about 4.2 to 4.4gb when tmobile sends me a text saying I've gone over my allotted 5gb limit.

    not sure why that is, but it's strange
    Because the Android Data Usage, IIRC, shows the data that was sent/received by your phone's radios. Any data requested by your phone that was sent by TMobile but never reached your phone still counts against your actual usage.

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