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    Default What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    Hi folks,

    I'm relatively new to Android and this is my first post here, although I'm always hanging around picking up hints/tips/info.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM) and recently installed Onavo to monitor my data usage as I only have 500mb on my plan. Whilst taking a look at what apps are using most of my data I noticed that, pretty high up the list, there is a system app called "keychain" which has used 9.2MB this month.

    Can anyone tell me a) what the app is and b) why it's using data? It's not really causing an issue in terms of me nearing my limit, I just have no idea what it's for. Any help is appreciated.
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    Credentials management: login for Google services, gmail, google talk, google voice, market, etc.

    Your usage seems rather high for that app. Are you sure you aren't running your Gmail as a Pop Account instead of Imap?
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    This migth help, but don't know if that's the one.
    Google's KeyChain API Prepares Android for the Enterprise
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dtim56 View Post
    Hi folks,

    I'm relatively new to Android and this is my first post here, although I'm always hanging around picking up hints/tips/info.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM) and recently installed Onavo to monitor my data usage as I only have 500mb on my plan. Whilst taking a look at what apps are using most of my data I noticed that, pretty high up the list, there is a system app called "keychain" which has used 9.2MB this month.

    Can anyone tell me a) what the app is and b) why it's using data? It's not really causing an issue in terms of me nearing my limit, I just have no idea what it's for. Any help is appreciated.
    You do realize that ICS has a built in data monitor/limiter right? Settings, Data Usage
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    Thanks for the responses guys. Yes I realised there is a data monitor built in. I was mainly using onavo for compression but happened to notice this.

    I thought that it might be something to do with logins etc but wasn't sure. And yes the usage does seem high for that.

    My Gmail is setup as imap, and I have a work account which is also imap.

    Onavo does seem to be over estimating my usage generally so may remove it and see what the native one says. Atm, all my data is routed through onavo and shows up as such on native monitor so I can compare the two.

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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    if 8 mb is a problem for you, you can always disable any system app in settings
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    Quote Originally Posted by briankurtz79 View Post
    if 8 mb is a problem for you, you can always disable any system app in settings
    it doesn't show up in the app list under settings. you can only see it if you use a file manager to browse to it....so no...you can't disable it
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    Quote Originally Posted by nbell13 View Post
    You do realize that ICS has a built in data monitor/limiter right? Settings, Data Usage
    Does that data monitor even work? I don't need it but every time I look at it, its changed my cycle back to the default(24th)
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    Mine seems to work fine but haven't used it in a while. It also seems to over estimate usage slightly compared to my carrier's figures though.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Android Central Forums
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    I can't wait for Nexus 7
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    This app. is used for your little store discount cards. you put the information from the store discount card in this app. and you don't have to carry those stupid little cards on your keychain any longer. Then at the register you just pull up that stores card info and they scan ur phone like the cards.
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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    Quote Originally Posted by littlechicie View Post
    This app. is used for your little store discount cards. you put the information from the store discount card in this app. and you don't have to carry those stupid little cards on your keychain any longer. Then at the register you just pull up that stores card info and they scan ur phone like the cards.
    Have you confused keychain with key ring?



    I have both, key ring does as you say. Key Chain stores credentials for logging into Google, etc.

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    Default Re: What is the "keychain" app on my Galaxy Nexus?

    I found a very nice app that works good for automatic login into websites: LoginBox.

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